CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team dropped two games on its final day in Clearwater, Fla., falling to both Quinnipiac and Fordham.
Chattanooga 8 - Quinnipiac 11
Quinnipiac struck first in the top of the first inning with three runs on three hits. A single drove in one run before a two-run home run from catcher Jordan Paolucci extended the lead to 3-0.
Chattanooga was able to gain a run back in the second inning on a sacrifice fly ball to right field off the bat of senior Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to score Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.), but the Lady Mocs jumped ahead in the third on a three-run home run from freshman Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) to take a 4-3 lead. The homer is Robles' first career bomb.
Quinnipiac tied it back up in the fourth inning before taking the lead for good in the sixth inning. Seven runs scored in the top of the seventh inning with all coming on two outs. Quinnipiac recorded seven hits, with six coming on two outs, before freshman Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) was brought on to close out the long inning.
The Lady Mocs managed four runs to cut the lead to three. Suetsugu reached on an error and Yoshi Hooks (Cleveland, Tenn.) pinch ran for the senior before Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) singled to board two runners. A single from Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) loaded the bases and a passed ball allowed Hooks to score from third. A double from Alyssa Taylor (Oragne, Calif.) drove in two runners and a double from Robles rounded out the scoring for Chattanooga.
Both teams were scoreless in the final inning as UTC came up just three runs short of the Bobcats.
Chattanooga 1 - Fordham 9
For the third time on the 2013 season and third time in Florida, Chattanooga fell to the Fordham Rams. The 9-1 victory for the Rams ended the Lady Mocs' evening in five innings as UTC was only able to plate one run, coming in the fourth inning.
Starting pitcher Albritton was touched up for three runs on four hits through 2.1 innings pitched, allowing two home runs. Deason came on in relief and didn't fare much better against the Rams, going 1.2 and giving up six runs.
Fordham struck for one run in the second inning on a solo home run to left off the bat of Gabby Luety but busted it open in the third on three hits. Two home runs advanced the Ram lead to 4-0, and five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth totaled Fordham's nine runs.
Chattanooga was able to score one run in the fourth to get on the board as Robles singled to lead off the inning and a single from Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) boarded two runners. Suetsugu reached on an error and groundout from Rieck scored one runner.
Chattanooga travels to Greenville, S.C., Thursday evening to take on Furman to open up SoCon play Saturday and Sunday.