COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (24-20) defeated the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (19-21) 2-1 Wednesday night in Cookeville, Tenn.
Freshman Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) extended her hit streak to 10 games with a 2-for-3 night at the plate with a triple and run scored while sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) recorded her team-leading 16th win.
Taylor led off the game with a triple to the right-center gap with senior Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) coming to the plate. Poteat slapped a pitch to the right side, driving in Taylor to put the Lady Mocs on top 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
Tennessee Tech struck back in the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff single from left fielder Angi Sakamoto. A fielding error resulted in Sakamoto advancing to third and Hannah Eldridge reaching on a fielder’s choice. In the following at bat, Courtney Spalding reached on a fielder’s choice to bring Sakamoto home from third, tying the game at 1-1.
After a scoreless second inning, Chattanooga took a 2-1 lead in the third as Taylor recorded her second hit of the day. The freshman’s single with one out led to Poteat grounding into a fielder’s choice, forcing Taylor out at second, but a heads-up play by Poteat, recognizing no one was covering the bag, broke for second base. Freshman Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) smacked a single in the following at bat to bring Poteat home from second.
Tennesse Tech threatened in the fourth inning with two hits and two runners on base. With runners at first and second with only one out, a strikeout and groundout dealt from Deason got Chattanooga out of the inning with no harm done.
Two scoreless innings later, Chattanooga found itself in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and the tying run standing at first base after a Sakamoto singled, her second hit of the day, put a runner on. With Eldgidge at the plate, Deason worked a full count against the shortstop. Eldridge just got under the final pitch of the game, popping up to junior Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) in right to end the game.
The Lady Mocs return to Chattanooga this weekend to host the UNCG Spartans at Frost Stadium. First pitch of the Saturday double-header is set for 1 p.m. and the series wraps up Sunday at 2 p.m.