Softball swept by Chattanooga

Clayton Hurdle
Staff Writer

 

The Lady Bulldogs lost all three games in a home series against SoCon foe Chattanooga this weekend.

In two games on Saturday, the Mocs shut out Samford. The Bulldogs had some offensive production on Sunday but it wasn’t enough, as Chattanooga rallied and won 15-5.

“This weekend was a good learning experience for our young team,” freshman catcher Madison Dickey said. “Chattanooga was very aggressive at the plate and took advantage of every at-bat they had.”

Saturday’s double-header featured 23 Chattanooga runs and both games ending in five innings. As the Mocs were leading by at least seven runs at the end of the fifth inning in each game, the teams were not required to play a full seven innings.

The game one lead was amassed by the end of the third inning and led the Mocs to a 9-0 victory.

In the second game of the day, Chattanooga again jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three. This time, they still had more scoring to do.

In the top of the fourth the Mocs scored five additional runs and went on to win by a score of 14-0.

“Chattanooga’s hitting was the best I have seen in this conference,” freshman right fielder and pitcher Shelby Scott, who recorded two hits in the second game, said. “They could read every pitch and knew where to take it.”

Trying to avoid the sweep, Samford got off to a fast start on Sunday. After an inning, the Bulldogs had a 4-0 lead.

Alex Adams and Misha Aldridge had RBI in the first inning for the Bulldogs and sophomore right fielder Nicole Bobrowski hit a two-run double to left field.

After the giving up two runs to the Mocs in the top of the second the Bulldogs added another run. Dickey hit a solo shot over the center field fence. Her team-leading fifth home run gave the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead going into the third.

It was the third inning when Chattanooga’s offense broke loose in game three. 10 runs gave the Mocs a 12-5 lead when the inning came to a close.

Chattanooga tacked on three more runs in the fourth and Samford was unable to take the game more than five innings. The game resulted in a 10-point Mocs win.

“As a pitcher, I learned from this series that movement and placement are everything,” Scott said. “I knew this beforehand, but UTC proved that little fat part of the plate is not good enough.”

The sweep drops Samford to an 11-34 overall record with a 4-14 SoCon mark. The Bulldogs’ final home series of the season is this weekend against Appalachian State, with games starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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