GREENSBORO, N.C. (UTC/WRCB) – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's softball season ended with a 5-3 loss to College of Charleston on day two of the Southern Conference Tournament Thursday morning.
The Lady Mocs were eliminated after back-to-back losses and finish the year with a 26-28 overall mark.
The two teams combined for 23 hits, but left 18 runners on base.
College of Charleston's two-run fifth inning proved to be the difference. Mackenzie Maples' single to center scored Kelsey Hodgson to snap a 2-all tie, then Maples scored on a UTC error for a 4-2 lead the Cougars would never relinquish.
Ashton Jarrett went 3-for-3 and scored a run scored to lead CofC, while Lizzy Vaughn added two hits and a highlight reel catch in the hole at short. Relief pitcher Hope Klicker earned the victory, throwing 4.2 innings of relief, giving up four hits, one run, one walk and three strikeouts.
Alyssa Taylor went 3-for-4 to lead the Lady Mocs, while Sarah Beth Roberts had two hits and drove in two runs. Taylor Deason took the loss in the circle, throwing 4.1 innings with nine hits, four runs (three earned), one walk and four strikeouts.
Amanda Ross delivered a run-scoring single in the second to give UTC a 1-0 lead, then Roberts' RBI-single in the third put the Lady Mocs up again, 2-1.
The Cougars built a 5-2 lead before Chattanooga scored again on Roberts' groundout in the seventh, but the UTC rally and season ended there.
Senior second baseman Sara Poteat was said to be serving a two-game suspension after leaving the team last week following a controversial forfeit at UAB, but entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch-hitter. The all-SoCon selection, who rejoined the team Wednesday, grounded out in the final at-bat of her career.