Softball Mocs fall to 0-3

Softball Mocs fall to 0-3

February 9th, 2014 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

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Another big inning kept the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team from picking up its first win of the season Saturday.

After an eight-run inning for Fordham on Friday, the Lady Mocs (0-3) surrendered six runs in the sixth inning to Long Island University-Brooklyn in an 8-6 loss on the second day of the UCF Knights Invitational.

UTC struck first with two runs in the third inning, but LIU-Brooklyn tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth. Their six runs the next inning came on four hits and a UTC error.

The Lady Mocs tried to rally in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Jenny Garcia was hit by a pitch and senior outfielder Kaiti Dutton doubled to set up Alyssa Taylor's two-run single. She and Sam Taylor also scored, but Marina Wilkerson struck out and Tyler Templet lined out to end the rally.

Dutton went 2-for-3 and scored two runs in the loss, and Criket Blanco and Alyssa Taylor each had a pair of RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Albritton started the game and took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk. Liana Rodrigues allowed three runs on one hit and two walks in an inning of relief.

UTC committed four errors and have made 13 in its three games this season. The Lady Mocs' scheduled second game Saturday against tournament host Central Florida was canceled because of rain. They are set to wrap up the weekend this morning with a game at 9 against Kansas.

• At Atmore, Ala., Chattanooga State went 3-0 for the second day in a row in the season-opening tournament. The Lady Tigers won 12-7 over Lamar State-Port Arthur, 11-5 over Calhoun Community College and 7-1 over Faulkner State on an eight-strikeout three-hitter by Sharlene Godoy. Courtney Crawford was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in that last game, when Dana Horgan was 2-for-4 after also having two hits plus two RBIs in each of the other two.

Khadija Neely had a three-run homer against LSPA and homered and singled against Calhoun, when Baylee Williams was 3-for-4 with a homer, Sydney Spurgeon was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Katy Richardson had three RBIs with two hits. Richardson and Elyse Ferguson each was 2-for-4 against LSPA, Richardson with two RBIs.

• At Clearwater, Fla., after losing twice Friday in the Eckerd tournament, Lee beat Rollins 14-4 and lost 11-3 to undefeated Florida Tech on Saturday. Hailey Clark was 2-for-3 and Meg Macias and Dominique Hannah each drove in two runs for the Lady Flames (2-3) in the victory, when Angie Hughes got the pitching win with relief from Clark, and Lizzie Stevens, Laurel Allen and Amanda Lynn each was 2-for-3 against FIT.

Ana Coscorrosa was 1-for-2 with an RBI in Saturday's loss after going 3-for-4 in Friday's 6-2 loss to Tampa.