Lady Mocs split Saturday DH with ETSU after rally in second game falls short
The Chattanooga Mocs softball team picked up its 30thwin of the season while junior pitcher Celie Hudson fired her third-straight complete game shutout performance during a 9-0 victory at ETSU on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn.
ETSU fought off the doubleheader sweep in game two after holding the Mocs to just four hits, claiming the nightcap by a 4-3 margin.
UTC moved to 30-13 overall and 8-6 in SoCon play. The 30+ win season marks the 15th time since 2002 (Reed Era) the program has achieved the feat and the first since 2016. ETSU now carries a 19-22-2 total mark and a 5-8 record in the league.
» Chattanooga 9, ETSU 0 (6)
Chattanooga and ETSU entered into a pitcher's duel before a nine-run sixth separated the two ball clubs. Celie Hudson (UTC) and Taylor Boling (ETSU) each earned the starting nod on the circle.
The Mocs put together a rally in the top of the first after a leadoff single from Emily Coltharp and a single to left from Aly Walker landed runners at first and second with one out. The bases would eventual fill with two outs, but were left stranded after a pop out ended the inning.
Boling allowed just one base runner over the next four innings and retired the Mocs in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Coltharp, Walker and Alyssa Coppinger accounted for the only hits over that span.
Hudson countered by surrendering just two hits over the first three innings before ETSU provided a scare in the home half of the fourth. The Bucs registered back-to-back leadoff singles to put runners at first and second with no outs.
After a fielder's choice, ETSU's Renae Spears poked one through the right side to the outfield grass with one out. Right fielder Hayleigh Weissenbach fielded the grounder and threw a strike to Amanda Beltran behind the plate, well in time to wipe an ETSU run off the board and keep the game scoreless.
The top of the sixth inning proved to be the ultimate difference. After a leadoff strikeout began the frame, Chattanooga rallied for nine runs on 10 hits including a stretch of six-straight to build a sizable 9-0 lead.
Walker and Emma Sturdivant ripped consecutive doubles to start things off with one out. Halie Williamson, Beltran, Weissenbach and Devan Brown recorded four-straight RBI singles to begin the scoring at 4-0.
Coltharp, Morgan Kazerooni, Walker and Sturdivant strung together another stretch of RBI knocks with Walker's accounting for two runs and Kazerooni's going as a double to cap off the nine-run rally.
Hudson needed just 10 pitches to finish off the Bucs in the bottom half. The inning concluded with an incredible throw from Coppinger in center field to the first baseman Sturdivant that doubled up a runner at first and secured the run-rule victory.
Hudson fired her third-straight, complete-game shutout and extended her scoreless inning streak to 18.0 innings. She struck out one and walked one while allowing six hits, all singles, during the victory.
Chattanooga blasted 14 hits, tying a team-most for a SoCon game since 2017 where UTC tallied 17 hits also at ETSU. Doubles by Kazerooni, Walker and Sturdivant accounted for the lone extra-base hits.
Notable Performances: Celie Hudson (W, CG SHO, 6H, K), Aly Walker (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Emma Sturdivant (2-for-4, 2B, RBI), Emily Coltharp (2-for-4, R, RBI)
» ETSU 4, Chattanooga 3
ETSU struck for a first inning run and took an early 1-0 lead off Chattanooga starting pitcher Mariah Ramirez after Nikki Grupp lifted a solo homerun down the line in left with two outs.
A scoreless second gave way to a three-run third inning for the Bucs. After a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs, Grupp came through again with an RBI single through the right side to give ETSU a 2-0 edge.
Taylor Wright drew a five-pitch walk to push the lead to three before Allison Swinford entered in relief of Ramirez in the circle. Swinford struck out a pair and allowed just one run after inheriting three runners to limit the deficit to four.
Aly Walker provided the spark for the Chattanooga offense in the top of the fifth. She roped a three-run homer to the opposite field after walks from Devan Brown and Morgan Kazerooni landed runners on base, pulling UTC within one at 4-3.
Swinford didn't allow a hit in 4.0 innings of relief work while striking out five and walking four. She retired the Bucs in order in both the fourth and sixth innings while issuing just a walk during the fifth.
Chattanooga failed to capitalize on a leadoff single from Halie Williamson in the sixth and were retired in order in the final frame. Ramirez (11-2) was tagged with her second loss of the season after allowing four earned runs in two innings.
Both UTC and ETSU finished with identical stat columns, aside the run category. Each recorded four hits, one homerun, no errors and left five on base.
Notable Performances: Aly Walker (1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI), Allison Swinford (4IP, 0H, 5K), Halie Williamson (1-for-2, BB)
» Chattanooga moved to 30-13 overall and 8-6 in SoCon play… 15th 30+ win season under head coach Frank Reed (since 2002)… GM2 loss snapped a five-game win streak.
» Celie Hudson fired her third-straight CG shutout in GM1's 9-0 win… upped her active scoreless inning streak to 24.2IP… allowed six hits while striking out one and walking one… now 11-8 this season with a 2.16 ERA in 126.2IP.
» Aly Walker extended her hitting streak to a career-high 11 games by going a combined 4-for-7 in the DH… 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in GM1… 1-for-3 with a HR and three RBI in GM2… batting .388 (50-for-129) this season with four HR and 28 RBI… second 50+ hit season of career.
» Emma Sturdivant went a combined 3-for-7 with a double and RBI… 2-for-4 with an RBI double in GM1 win… 13 multi-hit game and 10th double this season are both tied for the team high (Walker).
Chattanooga and ETSU will wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon with a single game at 1 p.m. ET. The game is streamed LIVE on the SoCon Digital Network, courtesy ETSU athletics. Links are available on the schedule page.