Mocs earn first NCAA Tournament win since 2011, fall to No. 6 Alabama in night cap

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (UTC Athletics)Mocs Earn First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2011 in 1-0 Victory over Murray State, Falls to No. 6 Alabama in Night Cap – The fourth-seeded Chattanooga Mocs softball team earned its first NCAA Tournament win since 2011 on Saturday evening with a 1-0 shutout victory over third-seeded Murray State at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Mocs moved on to face host and sixth-ranked Alabama a half hour later for a spot in the Tuscaloosa Regional Championship Game.

In the night cap, which ended in the morning on the east coast, No. 6 Alabama defeated the Mocs 6-2.

Chattanooga won its seventh game and earned its second shutout in program history in the NCAA Tournament. The last win was over Memphis (7-1) in 2011. Chattanooga’s only other shutout was a 3-0 victory against Florida Atlantic in 2002.
The Mocs concluded the season 30-27, the team’s first 30-win season since 2019 and the fifth in the last 10 years.

GAME ONE: CHATTANOOGA 1, MURRAY STATE 0
HOW IT HAPPENED
Chattanooga’s Brooke Parrott and Murray State’s Hannah James were lights out in the circle through four innings. The two teams had combined for three hits at the plate and were scoreless entering the fifth.
The Mocs changed pitchers in the fifth and with one out, the Racers loaded the bases. Parrott came back into the circle, threw one warm up pitch and a lightning delay ensued. After a 55-minute delay, Parrott got a pop up and a strikeout to get out of the bases-loaded jam and keep the Racers off the board.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Kailey Snell began the seventh inning with a leadoff single. Reagan Armour fouled off two bunt attempts and then doubled to the left center gap, putting two in scoring position with no outs as Murray State changed pitchers. After the Racers got the Mocs to line into a double play, Chattanooga ended the inning with a bang-bang play at first as Murray State kept the game scoreless.
Parrott allowed a leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh but kept the Racers off the board with three straight outs to follow.
In the eighth, after Kaili Phillips reached on an error to start the inning, Gracey Kruse singled up the middle and put runners on second and third, advancing to second on the throw. The nine-hole hitter, Adison Keylon came through with an RBI groundout to plate the first run of the game, giving the Mocs the lead.
The first two Racers of the bottom of the second were retired before the third batter of the inning reached on an error. The next two batters reached on walks before Parrott got the final batter of the game to groundout to first.
Parrott got 23 of the 24 outs for Chattanooga in the game, picking up her 16th win of the season. She went 7.2 shutout innings and gave up three hits, four walks and struck out two.
Murray State’s Jenna Veber got the loss. She went two innings and allowed an unearned run on one hit.
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SCORING PLAYS
T7th: Adison Keylon grounded out to second, Kaili Phillips scored (UTC 1-0).

WP: Brooke Parrott (16-8)
LP: Jenna Veber (17-8)

Notable:
• Parrott is the first Chattanooga to record 16 wins in a season since Cori Jennings went 16-12 in 2016. She is the first Chattanooga pitcher to throw more than seven innings in an NCAA Tournament game since Brooke Loudermilk threw 8.2 in 2009.
• The 1-0 win was the first win for the Mocs this season when scoring two runs or less (previously 0-14).
• The team moved to 4-3 in extra-inning games this year.
GAME TWO: CHATTANOOGA 2, NO. 6 ALABAMA 6
HOW IT HAPPENED
Alabama was the designated road team for the game and opened the scoring with a leadoff home run from Jenna Johnson in the first.
The Crimson Tide doubled their lead in the third as Johnson drove in another run with a squeeze play in the third. The hosts added another in the fourth on a sac fly to extend the lead to 3-0.
Chattanooga got a run back in the bottom half as Olivia Lipari scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the inning.
In the sixth, Alabama extended its lead as Jenna Lord drove in two runs with a two-out single to center. The Crimson Tide added one more in the seventh to take a 6-1 lead into the bottom half.
Keylon added another RBI to her Saturday total. The sophomore outfielder hit a one-out home run over the left field wall to bring Chattanooga’s deficit to four at 6-2.
For the eighth-straight game, Parrott got the nod in the circle. She allowed three runs on two hits with two walks a strikeout, ending the season with a 16-9 record.
Izzy Alley entered in relief and went 3.1 innings. She gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout. Alyssa Lavdis came in the game with two outs in the top of the seventh and set down two batters in a row.
Alabama’s Jaala Torrence got the win, going 6.1 innings in the circle. She allowed two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Montana Fouts entered with one out in the seventh and closed out the game retiring the next two batters.
Coltharp went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the squad. Lipari, Sellers, Phillips and Keylon registered the other Chattanooga hits.
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SCORING PLAYS
T1st: Jenna Johnson homered down the left field line, RBI (UA 1-0).
T3rd: Jenna Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice to the pitcher, SAC, bunt, RBI; Savannah Woodard scored (AU 3-0).
T4th: Savannah Woodard flied out to right field, SF, RBI; Ally Shipman scored (AU 3-0).
B4th: Olivia Lipari scored on a wild pitch (AU 3-1).
T6th: Jenna Lord singled to center field, 2 RBI; Savannah Woodard and Kat Grill scored (AU 5-1).
T7th: Ally Shipman singled to center field, RBI; Ashley Prange scored (AU 6-1).
B7th: Adison Keylon homered to left field, RBI (AU 6-2).

WP: Jaala Torrence (7-2)
LP: Brooke Parrott (16-9)

Notable:
• The nine runs allowed in the regional are the fewest in a NCAA Tournament since the team allowed just two in 2009. It is the fourth-fewest in Chattanooga’s 12 NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Parrott had a strong NCAA Tournament outing. She went 1-2 in three starts. The Harrison, Tenn. native threw 13.2 innings, struck out four, surrendered nine hits and allowed five runs to conclude the weekend with a 2.56 ERA.
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