Fuzzard Breaks School Record in Sweep of Furman
Courtesy: Dale Rutemeyer
The Lady Mocs celebrate at home plate as senior Michelle Fuzzard rounds the bases for the second time and in doing so breaks the Lady Mocs career total bases mark at 436.

Furman at Chattanooga
April 28, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn. (Frost Stadium)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
FUR (17-29, 6-13)
0
0
0
0 0
0
0
0
6
1
CHATT (32-14, 15-2) 1
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
6
1
WP: Taylor Deason (19-7) LP: Hannah Bradley (5-10)
S: Michelle Fuzzard (1)

Furman at Chattanooga
April 28, 2012
Chattanooga, Tenn. (Frost Stadium)
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
FUR (17-29, 6-13)
2
1
0
4 0
0
0
7
13
1
CHATT (32-14, 15-2) 4
2
0
1
5
0
0
12
13
0
WP: Michelle Fuzzard (14-7) LP: Shelby Parker (4-5)

Game Notes:
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team notched a 2-0 shutout win in game one before out-slugging Furman, 12-7, in the second contest to complete the sweep on Saturday afternoon at Frost Stadium. Sophomore outfielder Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) extended her hitting streak to 15 games, while senior pitcher Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) registered her fourth-career multi-home run game to move atop of the school total bases mark with 436, passing Melissa Ramirez (2001-05) with 432.

Also connecting on home runs in game two for the Lady Mocs were junior first baseman Kasey Tyingco (Fairfield, Calif.) and freshman Cheyenne Willis (Manchester, Tenn.). Junior second baseman Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) returned to the lineup this afternoon and notched two hits in each game of the doubleheader, while seniors catcher Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and shortstop Jessica Traxler (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tydignco, Fuzzard and Willis also tallied multi-hit games.

Pitching was the theme in game one as freshman Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Fuzzard combined for a six-hit shutout with two strikeouts. Deason notched her SoCon-leading 19th win of the year, while Fuzzard earned her first save of the season.

Offense was the game two story as the Lady Mocs out-hit Furman 15-13. Fuzzard started, but struggled in the first 1.1 innings, yielding three runs before Deason came on. She went 2.1 innings before Fuzzard returned to the circle to earn the win in tossing the final 3.1 frame. Fuzzard was credited with her 14th victory of the season and stuck out four.

Furman's Nikki Legg registered a career-best four hits in game two and was the only Paladin to have two base knocks in each game. Two-run homers were blasted in game two by Jessie Homesley and Lauren Collier as each tallied three RBI.

Taking the losses in the circle were Hannah Bradley (5-10) and Shelby Parker (4-5), who paced the team with six strikeouts.

The Lady Mocs will celebrate the programs three seniors - Fuzzard, Morimoto and Traxler - at 1:45 p.m. prior to Sunday's home finale at Frost Stadium. For those out of town, fans can watch the entire ceremony on a subscription basis through MocsVision and can follow the entire game with live stats.

GAME ONE: CHATTANOOGA 2, FURMAN 0

After a quick three-up and three-down inning, Reick notched the first hit with a single to center. Back-to-back singles by Morimoto and Tydingco provided the Lady Mocs with the early 1-0 lead.

Furman threatened in the third as Alexis Galinski singled up the middle and was moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt with one out, but Deason would be up to the challenge in retiring the side.

In the bottom-half, Morimoto and Tydingco drew back-to-back walks before freshman Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) drove in a run with a seeing-eye single up the middle, 2-0.

The Chattanooga defense turned a double play, the 18th this season, turned by shortstop Traxler to eliminate Homesley, who led off the fifth frame with a single.

During the fifth, Furman would strand two base runners following a single by Sarah Eidt and walk as Deason worked her way out of another jam.

Continue to threaten to score would be the Paladins in the sixth as Legg singled and Homesley reached on a fielding miscue to chase Deason. An infield single to the new hurler Fuzzard loaded the bases before a groundout would end the frame.

Shutting down Furman in the final frame was not an easy task, even though Fuzzard retired the first two batters quickly. Drawing a walk was Muller before Legg singled up the middle. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, which enabled the Lady Mocs to intentionally walk Homesley to load the bases. Shortstop Traxler would conclude the game by jumping to catch a hard liner labeled for the gap in left center.

GAME TWO: CHATTANOOGA 12, FURMAN 7

Striking first would be the Paladins as Legg registered a leadoff single and Eidit singled to left center. Driving home runs on RBI singles would be Galinski and Lauren Collier, 2-0.

In its first at bat, Chattanooga would respond quickly as Willis and Rick singled to begin the frame. A RBI double by Morimoto would bring home two runs following a fielding miscue on the cut by the second baseman to tie the contest. Putting the Lady Mocs in the lead, 4-2, would be Tydingco with her 10th round tripper of the season.

Furman would continue to battle as Taylor Jenkins singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Homesley would bring her around to score with a single up the middle, 4-3.

Once again, Willis began the bottom of the second with an infield single before Rieck moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Fuzzard would increase the Chattanooga advantage to 6-3 on a two-run shot down the left field line.

After a quite third that saw each team register a hit, Legg would start the fourth with a single down the left field line. Homesley would blast her fourth round tripper of the season. A two-out infield single to the pitcher and home run hit by Collier, her fourth of the year, would put Furman in the lead, 7-6.

Chattanooga has been solid this year in coming from behind and would tie the contest at seven in the fourth. Drawing a two-out walk was Fuzzard, she scored on the next play a double into the right center field gap by Morimoto.

Following a great defensive play on a diving catch from the left fielder Layne Rainey (Clarksville, Tenn.) in the fifth, the Lady Mocs would end up blowing the game wide open. Starting a two-out rally was Poteat with a bunt single to the catcher, then Rainey beat-out an infield hit to the shortstop. Drilling her fourth homer of the season was Willis, a three-run shot. Following a walk to Rieck, Fuzzard clocked her team-lead tying 12th home run of the season, 12-7.

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