Chattanooga, Tenn. (GoMocs.com) – The Chattanooga Mocs softball team (24-8, 6-0 SoCon) secured its seventh-straight game after defeating Tennessee, 6-4 Tuesday afternoon at Frost Stadium.
The Mocs' offense was led by Criket Blanco's multi-hit effort as she posted a team-high two hits, including a three-run home run, three RBI and one run scored. The Maryville, Tenn., continued to be a constant offensive threat in the Mocs' victory, reaching base in both of her plate appearances.
Pitchers Cori Jennings and Taylor Deason teamed up for seven innings, combing for six strikeouts and only two walks. Starting the game, Jennings improved to 11-4, while Deason earned a save.
Things didn't start so well for the Mocs as the Golden Eagles drew first blood. Tennessee Tech scored an over-the-wall homerun off the first pitch from Jennings. Not shaken, the Mocs responded with solid defense, putting out the next three at bats.
Both teams went scoreless for the next two innings, each recording at least one hit and unable to round third, but Chattanooga took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Blanco hit a long ball over the center field wall to drive in Nicole Osterman and Jesslyn Stockard, who had both reached on walks.
Holding a 3-1 lead, Osterman propelled the Mocs to a 5-1 advantage as she blasted a two-run homerun over the right center wall. The senior's 11th long ball of season brought in Sarah Beth Roberts, who reached first on a fielder's choice.
Chattanooga tacked on one last insurance run extending its lead to 6-1. Marina Wilkerson hammered out her second triple of the season putting her in position to score. Sam Taylor answered the call as she drove in Wilkerson with a single to center field.
However, two UTC fielding errors allowed the Golden Eagles to battle back with three runs in the top of the seventh. Relentless, Chattanooga's defense outpaced TTU's offense, securing three outs before Tennessee Tech had an opportunity to tie the game.
With a weekend off from conference play, the Mocs look to extend their seven game-winning streak against Lipscomb on Wednesday, April 8 in Nashville, Tenn. at 6 p.m.