CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (GoMocs.com)– The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team (20-8, 3-0 SoCon) completed a three-game sweep of the UNCG Spartans Sunday afternoon in Frost Stadium.
It's the first three-game sweep of the conference season for Chattanooga and gives the Mocs a 3-0 Southern Conference record. With the loss, UNCG falls to 0-3.
Criket Blanco led Chattanooga with 3 RBI while Nicole Osterman and Anyssa Robles recorded one RBI apiece. Freshman lefty Cori Jennings improved to 9-4 after holding the Spartans to just two hits in five relief innings.
The Mocs took an early 4-0 lead with a four-run first inning off four hits. Sam Taylor singled to left field to start the frame and JJ Hamill reached off a fielder's choice. Chattanooga loaded the bases off a walk from Sara Beth Roberts and Nicole Osterman lined a RBI single up the middle. Cricket Blanco gave Chattanooga a 3-0 lead after a two-run single and Anyssa Robles had a RBI sacrifice fly to score the fourth run.
UNCG matched UTC's efforts with four runs in the second inning off a three-run home run from Lindsay Thomas.
After two scoreless innings, the Mocs regained the lead off a RBI sacrifice fly from Cricket Blanco in the fifth inning. Roberts and Osterman worked back-to-back walks with one out. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Blanco followed with the RBI sacrifice fly to left field to make it 5-4 Chattanooga.
The Spartans had the tying runner at second base in the seventh inning with one out but Jennings was able to induce a strikeout and a fly out to finish the victory.
Chattanooga will face ETSU for a three-game series on the road, with the first game Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m. ET