The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team had its best day of the 2017 season Saturday, beating Colgate 10-0 and edging LIU Brooklyn 6-4 in nine innings in the USF Spring Break Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
Payten Price pitched a seven-inning three-hitter with no walks in the first game, when the Mocs (9-19) got a season-high 14 hits, and Price also got the win against LIUB with two innings of one-hit relief. Alex Connell allowed only four hits in her seven innings.
Amanda Beltran's two-run homer in the ninth held up as the difference for UTC, which faces Fairfield this morning and begins Southern Conference play next weekend at Mercer. Beltran also began the Mocs' scoring against the Blackbirds with a second-inning sacrifice fly, and she scored with Jesslyn Stockard on Halie Williamson's single in the third.
LIUB tied the score at 3 with a two-run seventh but would've won if not for Hayleigh Weissenbach's homer-robbing catch in left field. Ashley Conner's two-out RBI single in the eighth gave UTC a 4-3 lead, but the Blackbirds equalized.
Conner was 5-for-9 with three RBIs for the day and now leads the team with a .378 batting average. She was 2-for-4 in game two, when Williamson was 3-for-4 and Katy Richardson was 2-for-3.
Beltran also homered and scored twice in the shutout win, when J.J. Hamill was 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs, when Conner also was 3-for-5 and Weissenbach was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Aly Walker was 2-for-3 with a run, and Alyssa Coppinger was 1-for-1 with an RBI and a run.
- Chattanooga State 8-0, Cleveland State 5-2: At Cleveland, the 16th-ranked visitors followed two five-inning wins over the Lady Cougars on Friday by pulling out a win with five sixth-inning runs and then being shut out for their first TCCAA loss.
Haley Hodgson pitched a four-hitter in the win for Cleveland State (7-12, 3-9), when Carly Frost had three hits and Rachel Pierce doubled and singled, driving in one of the runs and scoring the other. Macy Bryant was 2-for-3 in that game and homered, singled and drove in four runs in the Lady Cougars' loss.
For the Lady Tigers (21-5, 11-1), Alaeni Ray was 3-for-4 and Devan Brown was 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and four RBIs. Jenah McElheney and Tori Barnes each was 2-for-3, McElheney with an RBI, and Kaleigh Wynne had an RBI and the pitching save.
- Shorter 3-17, Lee 2-7: At Cleveland, former Ringgold High School star Ericka Bynum was 5-for-6 with two homers, a double, seven RBIs and three runs scored in game two as the 25th-ranked team in NCAA Division I swept the Lady Flames in a Gulf South doubleheader. The first game went 10 innings and Shorter (21-9, 10-4) was in the sixth inning before getting a hit off Leigh Beatenbough, who with reliever Taylor Moran allowed only two earned runs and struck out 11 batters.
Stevie Baird was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and two runs scored, Abby McKinney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Kayla Louie and Zoe Miller each had two hits as well for the Lady Flames (17-9, 8-6) in the opener. Savannah Thomas homered and Maddie Hunt doubled in a run for the Lady Hawks. Hunt was 5-for-6 with four runs and two RBIs in game two, and leadoff batter Tiffany Holland from Gordon Lee had two hits and scored three runs.
For Lee in game two, Moran was 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and four RBIs, McKinney doubled twice and Allison Meadows was 2-for-3 and matched those two with two runs scored. Rachel Polacek was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
- William Peace 9-5, Covenant 1-6: On Lookout Mountain, the host Lady Scots bounced back from the eight-run defeat to salvage a USA South split as right fielder Erika Mast threw out the potential tying runner to end game two.
Madyson Gibbins was 3-for-3 and scored a run, Kaitlyn Sirmons was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and winning pitcher Carsyn Stone was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in the win for Covenant (15-9, 9-5). Stone gave up two runs in her five innings.
- Ohio Wesleyan 7, Sewanee 3: At Leesburg, Fla., the Tigers slipped to 1-12 for the season, but Amanda Watters was 2-for-3 and scored twice and Katie Roth and Rachel Hoffman each was 2-for-4, Roth with an RBI.
In Sewanee's first win of the season Friday, 8-4 over Lasell, Hoffman was 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs, Watters was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Taylor Wagner, Roth and Charlsey Shirey each was 2-for-4, Roth scoring two runs and Wagner batting in two.