CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs (23-19, 8-6 SoCon) fell 3-2 and 12-2 Saturday afternoon, dropping both games of its double-header to the College of Charleston (23-16, 10-6). Despite jumping out to 2-0 leads in both games, Charleston rallied to take both games in the late innings.
"If you don't come to play every day, this is what happens," Head Coach Frank Reed said. "We can't give up that many hits and expect to win."
Chattanooga 2 – College of Charleston 3
The Lady Mocs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Cougars as Roberts got the scoring started in the top of the inning. With senior Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) standing on first base after a leadoff walk, sophomore Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) roped a double off the centerfield fence to score Tydingco from first. After the double, junior Stephanie Rieck lined a single back up the middle past starting pitcher Hope Clicker to drive Roberts in from second, giving UTC a 2-0 advantage.
Charleston struck back with a two-run fifth as designated player Allison Pedigo put the Cougars on the board. With second baseman Ashton Jarrett on board with a single and Kelsey Hodgson singling to put two on, Pedigo singled to center to drive in both Jarrett and Hodgson, tying the game 2-2.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Chattanooga was unable to break the tie in the top of the seventh. That left the door wide open for the Cougars in the bottom of the inning. A single from Lizzy Vaughn led off the inning and a single from Hodgson, her second hit of the day, boarded two. First baseman Chandler walked to load the bases. With sophomore starting pitcher Taylor Deason still dealing in the seventh, her fourth walk of the game, issued to Pedigo, handed the Cougars a walk-off win.
Pedigo was 1-for-3 with all three RBIs for the Cougars while Roberts and Rieck accounted for the only two Chattanooga runs scored. Freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.), Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Tydingco each recorded one hit.
Deason took the loss, tossing six innings, giving up 11 hits and four walks. The College of Charleston was only able to score three runs against Deason while the sophomore struck out one batter. Deason stranded 11 Cougars on base.
Chattanooga 2 – College of Charleston 12
The Lady Mocs scored two runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead in game two of the double header. Tydingco walked to begin the inning and Roberts smashed her second home run on a blast to left, Chattanooga’s 12th of the season, to jump out to their early lead.
Scoreless in the third inning, the College of Charleston scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead in half. With two outs on the board, Pedigo and catcher Mackenzie Maples singled to put two runners on. A single from left fielder Rebecca Mueller scored Pedigo to make the score 2-1.
Charleston’s big inning came in the fifth inning as UTC fell behind 7-2 on six runs and four hits. Carly Corthell led off the inning hit by a pitch and Jarrett singled to third. A double to Vaughn doubled in two runs to begin the scoring and a single from Pedigo singled in another run. Deason was brought on to pitch for starter Kaisey Carson (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the middle of the fifth inning. A groundout from Maples scored a fourth run and a single to right from Giragosian drove in two more.
Leading 7-2, Charleston added on five more on three hits in the sixth. A homer from Frisbie scored two runs to go ahead 9-2, but a three-run home run from Giragosian ended the game an inning early.
Carson was handed the loss, falling to 2-7 on the season while Cougars starter Stephanie Saylors improved to 10-6 on the season.
Chattanooga and Charleston wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. before heading back to the Scenic City. Live stats and play-by-play audio is available for each game.