GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team
used a 13-hit performance in a 9-1 six inning run-rule victory at UNC
Greensboro on Saturday afternoon. Game two was scoreless in the top of the third
with one on for Chattanooga before rain came and postponed the contest till 1
p.m. on Sunday.
Freshman Cheyenne Willis (Manchester, Tenn.) registered a 4-for-4
performance, tying a season-high, with three runs scored and drove in two runs.
The work in the circle by freshman Taylor Deason
(Clarksville, Tenn.) was just as impressive as she tallied a three-hit
complete-game shutout, while striking out six with the only run being unearned.
Tallying two hits during the game were sophomore outfielder
Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.), senior catcher Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo,
Brazil) and junior second baseman Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.). Multi-RBI games
were recorded by Willis, Rieck and Morimoto.
During the Chattanooga (35-14, 18-2 SoCon) starting lineups,
Morimoto was announced as a graduating senior and wore a cap and gown out for
the national anthem. Saturday served as graduation for Chattanooga back in the
Willis began the first inning by beating out an infield
single to short before Rieck used a sacrifice bunt to move her to second. A singled
through the left side by Morimoto moved runners to the corners. The Lady Mocs
took an early 1-0 lead on a base knock up the middle by junior first baseman
Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.).
Chattanooga struck for two more in the second as Poteat
blooped a one-out single to left. Willis drove her home on her
conference-leading fourth triple of the season to left center. The Manchester,
Tenn., later scored on a groundout by Rieck.
To end the third, second baseman Poteat robbed a potential
two-out RBI single for Alex Emeterio of UNCG (21-39, 10-11 SoCon). The runner on
third base was Aisha Figueroa, who reached on an infield single.
After another Figueroa infield base hit, the Lady Mocs registered
two hits in the fourth, a single by Willis and double from Rieck.
The Spartans used two Lady Mocs defensive miscues to start a
rally in the bottom of the fifth. The third infield single for Figueroa would
load the bases before Aubrey Baldwin would drive in a run on a fielder's choice to
third. Deason would be able to limit the damage by utilizing a groundout and
Chattanooga flexed its offensive muscle in the sixth inning
by scoring six runs on six hits. Freshman third baseman Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt.
Juliet, Tenn.) drew a leadoff walk before sophomore outfielder Layne Rainey (Clarksville,
Tenn.) registered an infield single off the pitcher's glove. A bunt single by
Poteat filled the bases.
Driving in a run with the bases loaded was Willis with a
single to right center. Rieck stepped up and delivered a two-run double down
the left field line. Senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington
Beach, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice as a run crossed the plate, 7-1.
Another big hit came from Morimoto, who drilled a pitch into
the left center gap as two more runners came around to score, 9-1. Roberts
tallied a base knock after that as the Lady Mocs left one on base in the
Deason put down the Spartans in order as a double play
eliminated a runner that was hit by a pitch. The Clarksville, Tenn., native
tallied her sixth strikeout to end the game.
Taking the loss for UNCG to fall to 13-15 on the season was Cory Mattson. Josie Felix pitched the last three outs in the sixth, allowing just one hit.
The Lady Mocs and UNCG will resume game two on Sunday
afternoon at 1 p.m. and play the finale of the series afterwards. Fans can
follow all the action with live stats and free audio on the softball schedule
page of GoMocs.com.