CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — After an eight-day hiatus, the Chattanooga Mocs softball team returned to the field and continued its early season success, pitching its way to a doubleheader sweep over Eastern Kentucky at Jim Frost Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Chattanooga (10-1) earned a thrilling walk-off win in game one, 2-1, after senior Katie Corum delivered with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. UTC shut out EKU (3-7) in the nightcap, 2-0, to complete the sweep.
The Mocs pitching staff combined to allow just one earned run and six hits over 14.0 innings against one of the nation’s most high-powered offense. EKU ranked 5th in NCAA DI last season with a 1.32 home runs per game average and came into the weekend carrying a 1.66 per game average in 2019.
GAME 1 BOX » Chattanooga 2, EKU 1
Even though both teams feature high-powered offensive attacks, the pitching stole the show from start to finish. Starting pitcher Mariah Ramirez went the entire distance for UTC while EKU went with a tandem of Samantha Reynoso and Mollie Paulick in the circle.
Ramirez (4-0) earned the win and limited the Colonels to just two hits and one earned run while sitting down five hitters via the strikeout.
The lone run came in the top of the sixth when EKU’s Destinee Lizzmore slid a solo homerun just inside the right field foul pole to break the scoreless tie.
Emma Sturdivant started the UTC rally in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off walk. After a pop-out and an Amanda Beltran walk put two on with one out, a wild pitch and an eventual walk loaded the bases.
Katie Corum entered the game as a pinch-hitter and found herself down 0-2 in the count before roping a 2-RBI through the right side that scored two and gave the Mocs the walk-off victory.
Kacie Lynch and Taylor Chadwick, both pinch-runners, showed off their speed and were the games two game-winning runs.
Notable Performances: Mariah Ramirez (CG W, 2H, 5K); Katie Corum (1-for-1, 2RBI, GW single); Sidney Swantic (2-for-3)
GAME 2 BOX » Chattanooga 2, EKU 0
A first inning run would be all UTC needed in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. Emma Sturdivant’s fly ball to right found the grass and allowed Emily Coltharp to score from third to cause the early 1-0 lead.
Chattanooga added a run in the bottom of the third when Halie Williamson belted a two-out RBI single to right center that scored Makenzi Grider and gave UTC a 2-0 advantage.
The two runs ended up being plenty for starting pitcher Celie Hudson. Hudson (4-1) picked up the victory in the circle after firing a complete-game, four-hitter.
Hudson scattered just four hits over the seven innings while striking out five and walking two.
Chattanooga finished with only four hits as a team, all singles, and left eight runners on base.
Notable Performances: Celie Hudson (CG W, 4H, 5K), Emma Sturdivant (1-for-3, RBI), Halie Williamson (1-for-3, RBI), Alyssa Coppinger (1-for-2).
– 10 wins in first 11 games continues best start to a season in program history … 9-2 start in 2010 second-best start in first 11 games in Reed era.
– Ramirez improves to perfect 4-0 in the circle … 2.44 ERA with 24 K’s in 28.2 innings pitched … two CG wins … four hits, one earned run and 10 K’s over last 10.0 innings of work.
– Hudson improves pitching record to 4-1 … 2.57 ERA for the season with team-high 31 K’s in 30.0 innings … four CG victories in which allowing two earned runs or less in all four.
– Swantic went a combined 3-for-6 with a stolen base on Sunday … on a current four-game hitting streak … 5-for-9 during that stretch.
Chattanooga closes out the three-game series with EKU tomorrow with a first pitch time scheduled for Noon. UTC will be offering combo deal for tomorrow’s matinee that includes a game ticket, hot dog, chips and a drink for just $5. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on game day or by clicking HERE.