Sunday split for Mocs softball

Sunday split for Mocs softball

May 9th, 2016 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team split a doubleheader Sunday at Frost Stadium, closing its regular season with a 6-3 loss and an 11-3 win in five innings against East Tennessee State University.

Seniors Anyssa Robles and Sam Taylor each finished the day with two home runs for UTC (28-27, 7-11), and Jordan Fortel also homered.

In the win, Alyssa Taylor went 3-for-3, Fortel, Robles and Sam Taylor each had two hits, and the latter trio provided nine of 10 RBIs for the Mocs — Robles with four, Sam Taylor three and Fortel two. Ashley Conner had the other RBI.

Fortel and Robles each had a double and a home run for their hits, while both of Sam Taylor's were homers.

UTC pitcher Cori Jennings allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three in a complete game.

In the loss, Sam Taylor was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Alyssa Taylor and Robles each went 2-for-3, and Conner and Robles each drove in a run.

For ETSU (20-20, 9-9), in the first game Bethany Cowart of Ringgold, Ga., and Grace Baptist went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Cassi Pickett of Baylor School had an RBI single and walked twice. In the second game, Madison Boyd of Girls Preparatory School had a two-run double.

The SoCon tournament starts Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C., and the sixth-seeded Mocs will face No. 3 seed Western Carolina at 3 p.m.

* Cleveland State lost 5-4 to Roane State on Sunday in a play-in game for the TCCAA/NJCAA Region 7 tournament at Columbia State Community College.

Kaitlyn Heath was 3-for-3 for the Lady Cougars (18-30), while Courtni Hammers was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Kara Headrick allowed no runs in a complete-game performance, giving up three hits and as many walks while striking out five. Cleveland State committed five errors.

Roane State (16-31) plays Walters State at noon today in the opening round.

Vols rip Rebels in 5

Tennessee beat Ole Miss 11-1 in five innings Sunday to win its regular-season finale, take two of three in the Southeatern Conference road series and clinch the No. 3 seed and a bye in the SEC tournament, which starts Wednesday in Starkville, Miss.

The ninth-ranked Volunteers (40-13, 16-7 SEC) will play in a quarterfinal at noon EDT Thursday.

Shaliyah Geathers of East Hamilton had a hit and scored a run against Ole Miss (38-19, 11-13).