Softball Mocs tie program record for best start at 7-0

Softball Mocs tie program record for best start at 7-0

February 15th, 2019 by Lindsey Young in Sports - College

UTC's Emily Coltharp slides past Tennessee Tech catcher Ashley McGowan to score and make it 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning during a Chattanooga Challenge game Friday at Frost Stadium. UTC beat Tennessee Tech 10-2 and topped Indiana State 6-5 later in the day, with both games shortened to five innings — the first by the run rule and the second by rain.

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

UTC pitcher Celie Hudson delivers to a Tennessee Tech batter during a game Friday in the Chattanooga Challenge at Frost Stadium.

UTC pitcher Celie Hudson delivers to a Tennessee...

Photo by Tim Barber /Times Free Press.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team is undefeated through its first seven games after a pair of five-inning wins Friday in the Chattanooga Challenge at Frost Stadium.

The Mocs beat Tennessee Tech 10-2 and Indiana State 6-5, with the latter game shortened due to rain. UTC has matched the best start in program history, according to a school release, with the other 7-0 start coming three years ago.

UTC has outscored its opposition 55-16 to start the season but trailed in each game Friday, falling behind 2-1 to Tennessee Tech and 2-0 against the Sycamores.

Amanda Beltran led the Mocs' offense Friday by going a combined 4-for-6. Her two-run double in a seven-run third inning put UTC up 5-2 against the Golden Eagles, while her first-inning grand slam plated the team's first run against Indiana State.

Halie Williamson padded the lead against Tennessee Tech with a two-run single in the big third, when Alyssa Coppinger added a run-scoring double and Aly Walker had one of her two RBIs in the game. UTC pitcher Celie Hudson (3-0) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five, while Baylor School graduate Kayla Hughes took the loss.

Soddy-Daisy's Alexis Tremiar was 2-for-2 and scored a run for the Golden Eagles (3-3).

Alison Swinford (1-0) relieved Mariah Ramirez to earn the win against Indiana State, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing four hits. UTC freshman Emily Coltharp was 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Walker scored twice.

Bella Peterson was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Sycamores (2-1).

The Mocs are schedule to play two games in the Chattanooga Challenge on Saturday, against Dayton at 1:30 p.m. and against Kennesaw State at 4.

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