CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (23-17, 8-4 SoCon) had its potential three-game sweep of Georgia Southern (19-22, 6-5 SoCon) spoiled Sunday at Frost Stadium with a 7-1 loss to the Eagles.
Chattanooga ran into trouble early in the first inning as freshman Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who was lights-out against the Eagles in the Lady Mocs 6-5 win over Georgia Southern Saturday, struggled early on Sunday. With one out and the bases loaded, Deason came on to deal for UTC but was not able to work out of the inning before two runs scored. Back-to-back RBI singles drove in two runs to put the Eagles on top 2-0 after one inning.
The Lady Mocs threatened in the bottom of the third inning on a Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) single to the right side through the 3-4 hole. The senior stole second base, her team-leading 15th stolen base, but a groundout with two outs ended the scoring chance for Chattanooga.
The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth inning as junior Kortney Thomas began the two-out scoring with a solo home run over the left field fence. Georgia Southern followed up with a walk and two singles to drive in another run before a deep grounder to the 5-6 hole was cut off whizzed to first base by Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.) for the final out of the inning.
Trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) put the Lady Mocs on the board with a solo blast over the right field fence to cut the GSU lead to three. The home run was Taylor’s first career home run and Chattanooga’s fifth hit of the afternoon. The Lady Mocs were able to drop in one more hit in the inning, a blooper off the bat of Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) to right, but the junior was left at first to end the inning on a fielder’s choice.
“Sam comes to the field ready to play every day,” head coach Frank Reed said. “She is always ready to play and gives it her all every time she’s on the field. She has been playing great and it’s good to see her get that hit today.”
A three-run seventh inning extended the Eagles’ lead to 7-1 after Deason faced another bases-loaded situation. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Tabby Douberley as the senior walked to plate one runner. After a fielder’s choice accounted as the first out of the inning, a double down the third base line off the bat of Kaitlyn Johnson plated the Eagles’ final two runs of the game, 7-1.
Freshman Jenny Garcia (Miami, Fla.) singled to begin the seventh and back-to-back ground outs moved the outfielder over to third, but a popup on the infield handed the Lady Mocs their only loss of the weekend.
The Lady Mocs go on the road next weekend as they travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on the College of Charleston. The two teams lead off the series with a Saturday double-header beginning at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the three-game set at 1 p.m. Sunday. Live stats and free play-by-play audio is available for each game via the Lady Mocs softball schedule page.