UTC Softball Suffers 7-5 Setback to Furman

The Chattanooga Mocs’ softball team fell to the visiting Furman Paladins on Sunday afternoon, 7-5 at Frost Stadium. The two teams combined for five errors and just two of Furman’s seven runs scored were earned.

Chattanooga dropped to 18-15 overall and 2-1 in SoCon action, while Furman improved to 10-17, 1-2.

The Mocs return to Frost Stadium next weekend to host in-state rival ETSU for a three-game series. The Mocs and the Bucs will start the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

Chattanooga opened the scoring for the second time this weekend as Liz Rodebaugh drove in Acelynn Sellers in the second inning with a sacrifice fly. In the third, Kailey Snell doubled the Mocs lead with an RBI groundout to short, scoring Jayce Purdy.

Furman got on the board in the fourth with a single up the middle. An inning later, the Paladins took the lead with runners on the corners after executing a double steal and scoring on a throwing error.

In the fifth, Chattanooga regained its lead, scoring a run on a bases-loaded walk and groundout.

The Paladins capitalized on another Chattanooga miscue in the sixth. After a throwing error kept the inning alive with two outs, Furman scored two on an RBI double and followed that up with a two-run homer in the next at-bat.

The Mocs had two on and no outs in the sixth and the seventh but were unable to get more than one run across, falling to the Paladins, 7-5.

Izzy Alley started the game in the circle for the Mocs and tossed four innings, allowing one run on five hits with a strikeout and a walk. Alyssa Lavdis picked up the loss, allowing six runs, just one earned, on four hits with a punch out and two walks.

Emily Coltharp and Snell, the Mocs’ first two batters went 2-for-4 and both scored a run.

Furman’s top three hitters went 5-for-10 with four runs and four RBI.

UTC 5, FUR 7 | BOX
B2nd: Liz Rodebaugh flied out to left field, SF, RBI; Acelynn Sellers scored. (UTC 1-0)
B2nd: Kailey Snell grounded out to shortstop, RBI; Jayce Purdy scored. (UTC 2-0)
T4th: Lauralee Scott singled up the middle, RBI; Riley Ludlam scored. (UTC 2-1)
T5th: Emily Crawford stole second, scored on a throwing error by c; Ashlee Lykins stole home. (FUR 3-2)
B5th: Olivia Lipari walked, RBI; Presley Williamson scored. (Tied 3-3)
B5th: Acelynn Sellers grounded out to short, RBI; Emily Coltharp scored. (UTC 4-3)
T6th: Alex Rose Molinar doubled to left field, 2 RBI; Ashlee Lykins and Caitlin Goldwait scored, unearned.
T6th: Emily Bartlett homered to center field, 2 RBI; Alex Molinar scored, unearned. (FUR 7-4)
B7th: Acelynn Sellers reached on a fielding error by 1B; Kailey Snell scored, unearned. (FUR 7-5).

WP: Emme Buzhardt (1-0)
LP: Alyssa Lavdis (1-1)
Save: Bailey Tanner (1)