Marshall drops pair of 9s against Mocs softball
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — The Chattanooga Mocs softball team saw a late lead slip away in game one before falling behind early in game two, falling 9-8 and 9-2, during a doubleheader against Marshall inside Jim Frost Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Following the pair of defeats, Chattanooga falls to 4-13 overall and has dropped its last nine, the longest single-season skid since 1994. Marshall improves to 8-3 overall after the wins and halted its three-game losing streak entering the weekend.
Full game recap, box scores, and more are below.
GM1: MARSHALL 9, UTC 8 | BOX
Marshall opened the game with a run in the top of the first on a free pass with the bases loaded after drawing three total walks in the inning. Hayleigh Weissenbach responded in the home half with a two-run homer to center field, notching her 150th career hit in a UTC uniform and putting the Mocs ahead 2-1. (WATCH)
The Thundering Herd’s Sierra Huerta answered with a two-run homerun of her own in the top of the second to allow the visitors to re-take the lead, 3-2. Gracey Kruse kept the scoring going in the bottom of the inning, lacing an RBI double down the line in left to tie the game at 3-3. (WATCH)
Marshall plated a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double to center and RBI single through the right side to break the tie and lead 5-3.
Chattanooga exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by an Adison Keylon grand slam, her first career round tripper. Kendall Andrews started the scoring with an RBI walk before Keylon’s shot down the right field line gave the Mocs an 8-5 advantage. (WATCH)
After sitting the first two batters down in the top of the sixth, Brooke Sudduth surrendered a pair of two-out singles before Mya Stevenson belted a game-tying, three-run shot over the center field fence. The Thundering Herd scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh via a bases loaded walk, 9-8.
Sudduth (0-1) suffered the defeat in relief of starter Kat Thompson and prior reliever Hannah Wood. Sudduth allowed four earned runs on four hits while striking out three and walking five.
Chattanooga finished with seven hits as a team, the most since recording eight in a 6-5 win over Tennessee Tech on February 25. Weissenbach finished 3-for-4 with a double, homerun, two RBI and two runs scored. Kruse added her second multi-hit performance of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.
T1st: ROUSSEAU, R. walked, RBI (3-1 BBKBB); STEVENSON,M. advanced to second; PYE, S. advanced to third; HUERTA, S. scored. (MAR 1-0)
B1st: Hayleigh Weissenbach homered to center field, 2 RBI (1-2 FFB); Ball scored. (UTC 2-1)
T2nd: HUERTA, S. homered to left field, 2 RBI (3-2 BBBKK); BROWN, A. scored. (MAR 3-2)
B2nd: Gracey Kruse doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-0); Andrews scored. (Tied 3-3)
T4th: CHELEMEN, G. doubled to center field, RBI (0-0); PENNINGTON,R scored. (MAR 4-3)
T4th: ADAMS, K. singled through the right side, RBI (0-0); HUERTA, S. advanced to third; CHELEMEN, G. scored. (MAR 5-3)
B5th: Kendall Andrews walked, RBI (3-2 BBSSBB); Rodebaugh advanced to second; Weissenbach advanced to third; Ball scored. (MAR 5-4)
B5th: Adison Keylon homered to right field, 4 RBI (1-2 BKF); Andrews scored; Rodebaugh scored; Weissenbach scored. (UTC 8-5)
T6th: STEVENSON,M. homered to center field, 3 RBI (1-2 KFB); ADAMS, K. scored; MICHALLAS, C scored. (Tied 8-8)
T7th: PYE, S. walked, RBI (3-2 BBFSFBB); HUERTA, S. advanced to second; CHELEMEN, G. advanced to third; HALLIWILL, P scored. (MAR 9-8)
GM2: MARSHALL 9, UTC 2 | BOX
Starting pitch Brooke Parrott kept the visitors scoreless over the first two innings, surrendering three singles while striking out two, before running into trouble in the top of the third. Marshall recorded a double, single, RBI double, hit-by-pitch and RBI walk, all with no outs, to force UTC to call Regan Lowrie to the circle from the bullpen,
After a fly out put the first out of the inning on the board, Marshall’s Kat Sackett laced a two-run double to center to extend the edge to 4-0. Lowrie registered a strikeout and fly out to center to end the rally and limit the damage.
In the top of the fourth, the Thundering Herd led off with a walk and ran into a double play a batter later. A pair of two-out walks put runners at first and second and led to Kylie Coffin entering the circle in relief of Lowrie. A walk and two-run single later, Marshall saw its lead grow to 6-0 before being retired on a fly out to center.
Chattanooga scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth on a Marshall fielding error in right field off the bat of Adison Keylon, scoring Hayleigh Weissenbach from second who doubled with one out in the inning.
Marshall scored a trio of runs in the seventh to push out to a sizeable 9-1 lead. The runs were scored via a SAC fly, RBI walk and RBI hit-by-pitch. The Mocs plated a run in the bottom half on a Weissenbach SAC fly to center, ultimately falling short in a spirited rally attempt, 9-2.
Parrott (1-4) suffered the defeat in the circle after tossing 2.1 innings and allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out and walking two. Lowrie, Coffin and Hannah Wood all saw action in relief.
Chattanooga finished with seven hits as a team for consecutive games, all coming from the first four hitters in the batting order. The Mocs were highlighted by multi-hit games from Emily Coltharp (3-for-4, R) and Weissenbach (2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI) while Kailey Snell (1-for-4) and Courtney Ball (1-for-3) added to the hit tally.
T3rd: ADAMS, K. doubled to right center, RBI (0-0); PYE, S. advanced to third; HUERTA, S. scored. (MAR 1-0)
T3rd: HALLIWILL, P walked, RBI (3-2 BBBKKB); STEVENSON,M. advanced to second; ADAMS, K. advanced to third; PYE, S. scored. (MAR 2-0)
T3rd: SACKETT, K. doubled to center field, 2 RBI (2-0 BB); HALLIWILL, P advanced to third; STEVENSON,M. scored; ADAMS, K. scored. (MAR 4-0)
T4th: WHITAKER, M. singled to center field, 2 RBI (0-0); HALLIWILL, P advanced to second; STEVENSON,M. scored; ADAMS, K. scored. (MAR 6-0)
B6th: Adison Keylon reached on a dropped fly by rf, advanced to second on the error (2-1 BFB); Weissenbach scored, unearned. (MAR 6-1)
T7th: CHELEMEN, G. flied out to cf, SAC, RBI (1-0 B); KENNEY, K. scored. (MAR 7-1)
T7th: STEVENSON,M. walked, RBI (3-2 FBFBBB); ADAMS, K. advanced to second; PYE, S. advanced to third; HUERTA, S. scored. (MAR 8-1)
T7th: HALLIWILL, P hit by pitch, RBI (2-1 BBK); STEVENSON,M. advanced to second; ADAMS, K. advanced to third; PYE, S. scored. (MAR 9-1)
B7th: Hayleigh Weissenbach flied out to cf, SAC, RBI (0-0); Coltharp scored, unearned. (MAR 9-2)
Chattanooga (4-13, 0-0 SoCon) closes out the three-game series tomorrow against Marshall (8-3, 0-0 CUSA) at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live stats are available, and links can be found on the schedule page.
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