April 4, 2012
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Marshall softball couldn’t match one of the nation’s best hitting teams and fell to Chattanooga 4-1 Wednesday from Jim Frost Stadium.
Although the Thundering Herd (20-14connected for more hits than the Mocs by a total of seven to six, runs on the scoreboard are what is pivotal and Chattanooga used a three run sixth inning to capture the win.
“Offensively we had a few opportunities to plate runs and we didn’t come up with the clutch hits,” said head coach Shonda Stanton.
Starting pitcher Andi Williamson was effective for the green and white in the circle for the first four innings. Williamson allowed only one run in that time span, which came from the Mocs best hitter Michelle Fuzzard. The junior struck out four but also allowed four opposing batters to reach base via walks.
Marshall got on the board in the fourth as it loaded up the bases in a variety of ways. Taylor Winton went to the plate as a pinch hitter looking to connect, but instead the ball connected her and she earned a RBI via a hit by pitch. The Herd stranded three runners to end the inning to leave the game knotted at one each.
Chattanooga would strike in their half of the fifth with three runs and also chase Williamson out of the game. The Mocs took the lead after they loaded up the bases with three singles then a walk for their second run of the game. Fuzzard’s second hit of the evening resulted in two runs and put the Mocs up 4-1. Natalee Pulver entering in relief and got two outs to wrap up the fifth.
“In their three run inning we failed to make a couple of plays that would have prevented them from taking the lead,” said Stanton following the game.
Taylor Deason (13-7) entered the circle for the Mocs in the fifth and was effective with four strikeouts to earn the win. Fuzzard originally started the game for Chattanooga and allowed three MU hits.
Alianna Telles continued her recent stretch of solid play with two hits, including her eleventh double of the season. In the circle Williamson took the loss, falling 14-9 on the year.
“Mentally I didn’t feel we had the focus needed for an out-of-conference game,” Stanton said. “We need to pick it up heading into Hattiesburg.”
The Herd is off next to Hattiesburg, Miss to match-up with C-USA foe Southern Miss. Game one of the series is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday with a doubleheader on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.