CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (18-15, 3-3 SoCon) was unable to complete the weekend sweep of the Mountaineers Sunday afternoon as Appalachian State (12-11, 6-3 SoCon) powered past UTC 5-1 with two timely homeruns.
“Two pitches made the difference,” Head Coach Frank Reed said. “Rachel Albritton pitched a great game, but two pitches hurt us. We were hoping to start Rachel and come back with Taylor Deason later on with a lead, but the offense didn’t give us that opportunity. We couldn’t score runs and that’s something we have to do early in the game if we want to win.”
Freshman pitcher Rachel Albritton was nearly flawless through three innings, retiring six straight to begin the game while allowing just one base runner until the fourth inning.
Sara Poteat walked to lead off the first inning and Alyssa Taylor singled in the third inning, but both were stranded on base to end both frames.
Appalachian State struck in the fourth inning for three runs on three hits as the first two batters of the inning, Sarah Warnock and Dani Heichen, recorded back-to-back singles. In a two-on-no-out jam, Albritton left a pitch out over the plate for Lindsay Loudermilk as the first baseman put her second home run of the weekend over the left field fence to put ASU on top 3-0.
A double from Stephanie Rieck went to waste in the fourth inning and Appalachian State capitalized on the flat Chattanooga inning. The Mountaineers teed off again with a two-run liner over the right-center fence, off the bat of leadoff hitter Sarah Warnock.
Down by five, Chattanooga was able to put its first run, and only, run on the board in the fifth inning as a single to lead off the inning from Ninjja Suetsugu put a runner on with no outs. A pop out led to the inning’s first out and a fielding miscue at second allowed pinch runner Yoshi Hooks to reach second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Alyssa Taylor. With two on, a passed ball allowed both freshmen to advance and Poteat followed through with a sac fly to right to bring home Hooks.
Despite the lone run in the bottom of the fifth, Chattanooga was unable to gain any more momentum through the final two innings, falling 5-1 after seven.
Albritton finished the day with just three earned runs to her record while walking one batter and fanning six. Through seven innings, the freshman forced nine fly outs and five ground outs.
Appalachian State’s Alissa Schoelkopf improved to 8-6 with the win, holding Chattanooga to four hits, no earned runs and five strikeouts.
Chattanooga is back in action Wednesday as the Georgia State Tigers visit the Scenic City for a double header beginning at 5 p.m. at Frost Stadium.