Auburn, Ala. (GoMocs.com)– The Chattanooga Mocs Softball team notched a second day of success as it defeated Appalachian State, (3-0) and UAB, (13-0) in back-to-back shut out games on Saturday.
“I thought we did a good job playing early,” head coach Frank Reed said. “We did what we need to do. It's awesome to win a second day of games especially against UAB, who's a good quality softball team. We made adjustments against their pitching and I think scoring the five runs really helped. But we kept up the pressure and it worked. I couldn't be more proud of the team.”
Game One: Chattanooga 3, App State 0 In their first matchup of the day, the Mocs conquered a competitive battle against former Southern Conference rival App State by a final of 3-0.
The first three innings went scoreless until Sam Taylor doubled in a run to give UTC a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the third.
The Mocs wouldn't extend their lead until the sixth as Criket Blanco singled a hit down the middle, allowing Taylor to score. Bases still loaded senior Sarah Beth Roberts would dash to home from third off a wild pitch setting the score, 3-0.
Senior Taylor Deason pitched the entire game allowing only five hits, while striking out nine batters.
Game 2: Chattanooga 13, UAB 0
Chattanooga continued its domination on the field as they secured a 13-0 win over C-USA Preseason favorite, UAB, in five innings.
Freshman Cori Jennings pitched the entire match, holding the Blazers to zero hits and runs to register her first career “no hit” game.
Offensively, the Mocs took control of the field in the first inning as Chattanooga got sacrifice flies from Nicole Osterman and Kailey Palazzolo to plate the first two runs. With two runners left aboard, Anyssa Robles plated three with a home run over the left field wall to give the Mocs a 5-0 lead.
UTC extended its lead, 7-0 as a home run from Sarah Beth Roberts in the top of the second brought in two runs.
Overwhelming UAB's defensive efforts, Chattanooga scored its final six runs to go up 13-0 in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Robles' second home run of the game, a two-run shot.
The Mocs will return to the field to face off against host Auburn, Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on the SEC Network+, which is only available on the Watch ESPN app or WatchESPN.com.