The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team got only one hit in an 8-0 loss to Central Arkansas but then edged Northern Kentucky 2-1 as play began Friday in the Mercer University Bear Classic at Macon, Ga.
Sophomore Taylor Deason (7-5) got the pitching win for the Lady Mocs (8-8) with four hitless innings in relief of freshman Rachel Albritton, who allowed only two hits and an unearned run in her three innings. The Lady Mocs finally got their first run in 21 innings in the sixth when Tyler Templet singled with one out, went to second on a groundout and scored on Kasey Tydingco's double to right-center field.
In the bottom of the seventh, Anyssa Robles led off with a single for UTC and her pinch runner, Yoshi Hooks, took second on a Kati Dutton sacrifice bunt, moved to third on a Stephanie Rieck single and scored the game-ending run on Alyssa Taylor's single through the middle.
Templet was 2-for-3 in the win. Ninjja Suetsugu was 1-for-1 for the Lady Mocs' only hit in the earlier game, when they were tied before Central Arkansas had a six-run fifth inning off starter Deason in which the first baserunner came with two outs. A single, an RBI double, another single, a walk and an RBI single preceded a grand slam by Sarah Bigej.
Two throwing errors in the sixth led to two Bears runs and an early end to the game.
UTC faces host Mercer at 12:15 today, and then the tournament's four teams will go into playoff mode with the top seed from the round robin facing the No. 4 seed and the 2 and 3 seeds meeting. Third-place and first-place games are set for Sunday.
Lady Flames sweep
Angie Hughes and Jessa Watts took turns pitching two-hit shutouts as Lee University won 9-0 and 2-0 in Southern States Athletic Conference softball Friday at Brewton-Parker.
Hughes (5-0) struck out 14 batters in the first game, giving her 53 Ks in 30 innings this season, and Charlie Wooden and Ana Coscorrosa homered in the fourth inning for a 2-0 Lee lead. Dominique Hannah had three hits, an RBI and a run in the game, while Dezirae Parsons doubled and singled and Jenevieve Cena contributed a two-run pinch hit.
Both second-game hits off Watts came in the seventh inning, after the Lady Flames (10-0, 2-0) took their 2-0 lead in the first. Jennifer Ringle was 2-for-3 and Wooden had an RBI.
Covenant falls twice
Visiting Piedmont College won 3-1 and 14-1 over Covenant as Brittney Head and Jordan Ellington each pitched a four-hitter with one unearned run allowed.
Covenant's Cori Hilt pitched a six-hitter with one earned run in the opener, when Morgan Lane scored the Lady Scots' run. She had their RBI in game two, when Chandler Shepherd was 2-for-3.
Megan Kesler was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs, Megan McClain was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs and Kristin Hamby was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs in game two for Piedmont (6-0).
Sims up to 9-0
Freshman Kaitie Sims from Baylor improved her pitching record to 9-0 for the season on a three-hitter as Carson-Newman beat Erskine 9-0 in five innings in the Mid-South Classic at Spartanburg, S.C., but the Lady Eagles then fell to 15-3 in a 10-4 loss to 16th-ranked Flagler.
Ooltewah graduates Sara Kelley and Bri Shoemake each was 2-for-2 with an RBI apiece and two and one run in the win for Carson-Newman, and Braleigh Angel from Baylor was 1-for-2 and scored twice. Kelley homered.