Mocs Drop Herd in Frost Classic Finale
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After winning the first two games of the Frost Classic, the Marshall University softball team (6-8) dropped four straight, including a 5-2 loss on Sunday afternoon to the host-school, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, at Frost Stadium.
Playing in front of a crowd 361, the Chattanooga Lady Mocs (11-9) came out firing with a two-out, two-run rally in the first inning as Leslie Barron’s triple enabled Melissa Ramirez home followed by a single to score Barron and stack the Mocs’ lead to 2-0. MU second baseman Lauren Scott (Hillard, Ohio) made a nice snag to end the inning with the bases juiced.
Ramirez laced her sixth double of the year in the top of the third inning, reached third a play later, and scored due to an Amanda Hoiness single. The hit would be the last from starting pitcher Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Oreg.) as senior Sarah Chamberlain (Moses Lake, Wash.) was called in for relief.
The Mocs’ bats stayed brisk after another double placed two in scoring position with one down. A fielder’s choice scored one more run before a Chamberlain strikeout ended the inning, pinning Marshall down, 4-0.
After batting around the order without a baserunner, Sierra Davenport (Tucson, Ariz.) broke the Herd’s dry spell in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single over the shortstop’s head and Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga.) delivered a clutch infield base hit. A passed ball and a wild pitch by UT-C’s Brittney Whittier allowed Davenport home and cut the Mocs’ lead to three.
Another wild pitch by Whittier played in favor of the Mocs as it bounced back majestically to the UT-C catcher to grab A. Williams going home and prevent another Herd score in the inning.
Designated player Jennifer Susman (Lewisburg, W.Va.) blasted her first career home run in the top of the fifth to cut the Mocs’ lead in half as MU put up back-to-back one run innings.
Amanda Luers (Dover, Ohio) came in for Chamberlain in the sixth and loaded the bases with a walk and no outs for clean-up batter Barron, who let loose on a sacrifice fly to right field securing the score, 5-2.
Harter dropped to 0-5 on the year, while Whittier, despite only one strikeout, went the distance for the Mocs and picked up her first win of the year (1-0).
Marshall will play their first action on its own turf next weekend in the Ramada Marshall Softball Spring Classic at Dot Hicks Field. MU will face off against Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan at 4 p.m. on March 5.