UTC Softball Downs Bison, Drops Contest to Lions

The Chattanooga Mocs’ softball team split day two of its Chatty’s Patty’s tournament on Saturday afternoon at Frost Stadium. The squad dropped a 11-5 decision to Southeastern Louisiana before shutting out Bucknell 5-0.

Chattanooga moved to 15-13 on the season, while Bucknell dropped to 3-20 and Southeastern Louisiana improved to 18-8 with two wins on Saturday.

The Mocs return Frost Stadium tomorrow for the final game of the Chatty’s Patty’s. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. for the weekend finale between Chattanooga and Southeastern Louisiana.

Both teams got on the board in the first inning. Southeastern Louisiana scored two runs on a couple of hits and an error to take a 3-0 lead after the first half inning. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Acelynn Sellers hit her first career home run to cut UTC’s deficit to one, 3-2.

The Lions scored seven more runs in the next two innings on eight hits and two errors to take a 10-2 lead into the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the inning, Kaili Phillips drove in her first run of the weekend with an RBI single to left field.

Chattanooga scored its final two runs in the fourth on an Emily Coltharp RBI single and a double steal with Gracey Kruse stealing home.

Southeastern Louisiana capped off the 11-5 victory with an unearned run in the fifth.

Coltharp led the Chattanooga offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Phillips, Kruse and Jayce Purdy all had two hits in the contest.

SLU’s Bailey Krolczyk paced the Lions with three hits. Heather Zumo picked up the win for the visitors to improve to 10-2 on the year, tossing five innings and allowing five runs, three earned on five hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Izzy Alley took the loss for Chattanooga, allowing three runs on one hit with two walks in the first inning. Brooke Parrott closed out the game allowing three earned and five unearned runs on 11 hits.

UTC 5, SLU 11 | BOX
T1st: Bailey Krolczyk singled to left field, RBI; Madison Rayner, scored on a throwing error by lf; Aeriyl Mass scored.(SLU 2-0)
T1st: Madisen Blackford flied out to left field, RBI; Bailey Krolczyk scored. (SLU 3-0)
B1st: Acelynn Sellers homered to left field, 2 RBI; Olivia Lipari scored. (SLU 3-2)
T2nd: Madison Rayner singled up the middle, RBI, Audrey Greely scored, Aeiryl Mass scored on a fielding error by cf, unearned. (SLU 5-2).
T2nd: Lexi Johnson fouled out to first, SF, RBI. Madison Rayner scored, unearned. (SLU 6-2)
T3rd: Aeiryl Mass singled to shortstop, RBI. Cam Goodman and Lindsey Rizzo scored. (SLU 8-2)
T3rd: Madison Rayner reached on a drop fly ball by cf, Aeriyl Mass scored, unearned. (SLU 9-2)
T3rd: Lexi Johnson singled through the left side, RBI. Madison Rayner scored, unearned. (SLU 10-2).
B3rd: Kaili Phillips singled to left, RBI, Olivia Lipari scored, unearned. (SLU 10-3)
B4th: Emily Coltharp singled to shortstop, RBI; Jayce Purdy scored. (SLU 10-4)
B4th: Emily Coltharp stole second, Gracey Kruse stole home. (SLU 10-5)
T5th: Madison Rayner reached on a throwing error by c, sac bunt, Aeriyl Mass scored on the error. (SLU 11-5).

WP: Heather Zumo (10-2)
LP: Izzy Alley (3-7)

Chattanooga got on the board in the first with Kaili Phillips blasting a grand slam over the right field wall, her second of the season.

After neither team scored over the next two and a half innings, Kaili Phillips came up to the dish again and delivered. She blasted a solo home run to leadoff the bottom of the fourth, putting Chattanooga up 5-0.

Hannah Wood was dominant in the circle. She pitched a complete-game shutout and allowed just four hits in the seven innings of work. The outing is the second seven-inning complete-game shutout of her career (April 2, 2021 at ETSU).

Phillips reached base in all three plate appearances going 2-for-2 with her two home runs and a hit by pitch. She drove in all five of Chattanooga’s runs.

Skylar Berkhiser made her first career start and went 1-for-3. Kruse registered the other hit for the Blue and Gold with a triple in the fourth.

UTC 5, BUC 0 | BOX
B1st: Kaili Phillips homered to right field, 4 RBI; Skylar Berkhiser, Olivia Lipari and Acelynn Sellers scored. (UTC 4-0)
B4th: Kaili Phillips homered to center, RBI. (UTC 5-0)

WP: Hannah Wood (2-5)
LP: Kelly Toomey (3-9)