Rain Halts UTC Softball
GREENSBORO, N.C. (GoMocs.com) – Saturday's first game of its three-game series with UNCG in Greensboro, N.C., is halted after six innings of play with Chattanooga leading the Spartans 8-1. Chattanooga and UNCG will resume at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by its second and third games afterwards.
The Mocs were first to strike in the second inning for two runs. Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) singled and Stockard walked to put two runners on. A single from Dutton loaded the bases and junior Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) chopped an infield single to third to plate one. The second run of the inning scored as Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Claif.) reached on a fielder's choice.
UNCG got its first hit and run of the game in the fourth inning off starting pitcher Katie Henderson (Hixson, Tenn.). Tossing a no-hitter until the fourth, a double from Lindsay Thomas brought around one runner to score, but Henderson was able to work out of the inning with no further damage done to register for the win.
Junior Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) was brought on in the fifth inning with one out with the bases loaded. UNCG third baseman Danielle Vega grounded back to Deason to begin an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play to get the Mocs out of trouble.
Leading with a short 3-1 advantage, Chattanooga poured on five runs in the sixth on five hits and two errors. With two runners on and two outs, Stockard lifted a liner out of the yard to right-center to put UTC up 6-1. With Sam Taylor (Chickamauga, Ga.) singling in the following at-bat, Dutton answered with a two-run shot to nearly the same spot. The high-arching homer bounced off the screen protecting the scoreboard and extended the UTC lead to 8-1.
The tarp was pulled before the start of the seventh inning with continuing rains getting heavier. When play resumes, Henderson is in line for the win and Deason is in line for the save.