UTC Softball Defeats Southeastern Louisiana 4-3 in Weekend Finale

The Chattanooga Mocs’ softball team wrapped up its Chatty’s Patty’s tournament on Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 win over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Frost Stadium.

Chattanooga improved to 16-13, while Southeastern Louisiana fell to 18-9.

The Mocs play a midweek on Wednesday at Lipscomb before returning to Frost Stadium this weekend vs. Furman for the first weekend of Southern Conference action. The series begins on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

For the third time this weekend, Chattanooga scored in the first. Olivia Lipari blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall, giving the Mocs an early 2-0 advantage.

In the third frame, UTC loaded the bases and Kaili Phillips drew a bases-loaded walk as Skylar Berkhiser crossed the plate for the second time in the game, scoring the Mocs’ third run.

The Lions scored two runs on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Hannah Wood came into the circle to relieve Izzy Alley. On her second pitch, Wood got the batter to ground to short, where Emily Coltharp threw out a runner at home before Liz Rodebaugh threw out the batter trying to advance to second. In the middle of the fifth, UTC led 3-2.

In the bottom half, Rodebaugh turned her defense into offense, driving in Bailey Myers from third with a sacrifice fly, doubling the Chattanooga lead to 4-2.

Down to their final out, the Lions’ Madison Rayner homered to cut SLU’s deficit to one.

Wood got the final batter to ground out to short to pick up the second save of her career and the first this season. Alley got the win in the circle, her third of the season in her 10th start. She allowed two runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. The freshman struck out two and walked four.

Lipari went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Mocs offensively.

UTC 4, SLU 3 | BOX
B1st: Olivia Lipari homered to left field, 2 RBI; Skylar Berkhiser scored. (UTC 2-0)
B3rd: Kaili Phillips walked, RBI. Skylar Berkhiser scored. (UTC 3-0)
T5th: Audrey Greely scored on a wild pitch. (UTC 3-1)
T5th: Cam Goodman scored on a wild pitch. (UTC 3-2)
B5th: Liz Rodebaugh flied out to left, SF, RBI; Skylar Berkhiser scored. (UTC 4-2)
T7th: Madison Rayner homered to right, RBI. (UTC 4-3)

WP: Izzy Alley (4-7)
LP: Heather Zumo (10-3)
Save: Hannah Wood (1)