OXFORD, Miss. (UTC) -- The Chattanooga softball team avenged Friday's 9-6 loss to Ole Miss with a 5-3 victory on Saturday night at the Red and Blue Classic.
However, the Lady Mocs were forced to settle for a split on day two of the event after blowing an eight-run lead in a 9-8 loss to Troy in eight innings.
UTC's win over Ole Miss was the first for the program on the road against an SEC-foe since 2001 when the Lady Mocs knocked-off then-No. 3 Alabama, 4-3.
The workhorse in the circle at Ole Miss was freshman pitcher Taylor Deason, who tossed a five-hit complete game with a season-high 11 strikeouts as Chattanooga registered its first win over a SEC opponent since a 9-6, nine inning, victory over Kentucky at Frost Stadium on Feb. 10, 2008.
Sophomore second baseman Sara Poteat registered two hits in both games and combined to drive in two runs. Five Lady Mocs drove in runs against the Rebels including solo home runs by senior catcher Vivian Morimoto and freshman outfielder Cheyenne Willis. It was the fifth-straight game that Chattanooga registered more than 10 hits dating back to the record setting afternoon vs. Dayton.
Notching two hits against the Rebels was sophomore outfielder Layne Rainey, freshman outfielder Nicole Osterman, Poteat and Wills. Adding two hits vs. Troy was junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco, sophomore outfielder Kaiti Dutton, senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard and Poteat.
Driving in two runs against the Trojans was senior shortstop Jessica Traxler, Osterman and Tydingco. The Lady Mocs were up 8-0 on Troy before it scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to knot the contest at one. A walk-off single in the eighth by Michelle Hewitt completed the Trojan comeback.
Earning the start against Troy was Deason and tossed four strong innings with just one hit before the opponent knocked her out of the game. Fuzzard completed the contest and took the loss to fall to 3-4 on the season.
The Lady Mocs will close the Red and Blue Classic on Sunday with a matchup against Troy with first pitched scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.
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