Sturdivant’s late home run not enough to beat Golden Eagles

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC Athletics) — The Chattanooga Mocs softball team lost a late lead after allowing a five-run fifth inning to Tennessee Tech, eventually falling in the Chattanooga Challenge finale, 7-5, inside Jim Frost Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Following the loss, Chattanooga falls to 3-4 in early season action while in-state foe Tennessee Tech improved its overall mark to 6-4.

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TENNESSEE TECH 7, CHATTANOOGA 5

HOW IT HAPPENED
INNING SCORE SCORING PLAY VIEW
BOT 1st 2-0 After Emily Coltharp and Jenice Casanas record back-to-back singles to start the game, Aly Walker rips an RBI double into the right center gap. WATCH

TOP 3rd 2-1 TTU’s Sydney Love-Baker puts the Golden Eagles on the board with a solo homerun to left.
BOT 3rd 3-1 Katie Corum drives in Walker from second with an RBI double off the wall in left. WATCH

TOP 5th 3-2 A bases loaded walk brings in a TTU run and forces Chattanooga to switch pitchers from Allison Swinford to Celie Hudson.
TOP 5th 3-7 TTU plates five additional runs on four hits after the pitching change with three of the four runs credited to Swinford.
BOT 5th 5-7 Emma Sturdivant belts her first homerun of the season and seventh of her career with a two-run shot off the bleachers in left. WATCH

PITCHING RESULTS
TEAM PITCHER RESULT RECORD STAT LINE
TTU Alyssa Arden W 4-1 7IP, CG, 8H, 5ER, 5K
CHATT Allison Swinford L 0-3 4IP, 5H, 5ER, 2BB
CHATT Celie Hudson ND — 3IP, 4H, 2ER, 3K

CHATTANOOGA NOTABLES
• In just her second career start, Jenice Casanas went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and reached base successfully in all four plate appearances. In four appearances this year, she is batting .667 (4-for-6) with four runs scored, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a successful sacrifice bunt.
• Aly Walker continued her rip to the 2020 season, posting her second multi-hit performance and seventh-straight game with a hit. Walker went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored on Sunday. For the season, she leads the team in batting average (.458), hits (11) and is tied in doubles (2).
• Emily Coltharp has collected a hit in every game this season and has scored a run in all but two after going 1-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday. Coltharp is batting a blistering .455 (10-for-22) this season and leads the team in on-base percentage (.586%) and stolen bases (3-for-3).
• Katie Corum has shown great offensive power this season, batting an even .300 (6-for-20) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI. She has collected a hit and RBI in all but one game this season after finishing Sunday with a 1-for-4, double, RBI stat line. She leads the team this season with a .700% slugging percentage.
• Chattanooga’s pitching staff surrendered 52 hits over five games this weekend, the most in a five-game span since April 2-14, 2017, in which the team allowed 56 hits to SoCon opponents Samford (one game), Western Carolina (three games) and ETSU (one game).

UP NEXT
Chattanooga (3-4) gets set to host tournament action for the second-straight weekend with the Frost Classic kicking off on Friday, February 21. For full tournament information, please visit the tournament central page HERE.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."