Lady Mocs Upset Bid at No. 21 Florida State Falls Short 1-0

Senior catcher Vivian Morimoto makes a tag on a rundown to start a double play in the first.
Chattanooga at Florida State
  March 13, 2012
Tallahassee, Fla. (JoAnne Graf Field)
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CHATT (14-9)
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FSU (21-3)
WP: Monica Perry (8-2) LP: Taylor Deason (9-4)

Game Notes:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team had two runners on with the game-tying run at second with one out in the seventh before Florida State was able to notch a 1-0 win on Tuesday night at JoAnne Graf Field. Freshman pitcher Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) was aided by a solid Lady Mocs defense as the Clarksville, Tenn., native struckout five.

The lone Seminoles run was a solo shot by Maddie O'Brien with two outs in the second as Florida State out-hit Chattanooga seven to five.

Senior catcher Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil), junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.), junior pitch hitter Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil), freshman outfielder Nicole Osterman (Kissimmee, Fla.) and freshman third baseman Sarah Beth Roberts (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) each notched singles for the Lady Mocs.

Chattanooga set the tone defensively in the first as Florida State threatened to go on top with two runners in scoring position following a single by Shayla Jackson and a double by Mallory Borden. Erika Leonard then sent a ball to third baseman Roberts and she tossed the ball to catcher Morimoto, who tagged the runner. Alertly, Morimoto saw that Leonard was on her way to second and threw it to Poteat at second and following a long rundown senior shortstop Jessica Traxler (Chino Hills, Calif.) tagged out the runner for a double play.

Following the Seminoles' solo home run, Roberts started off the third with a single to pitcher. The Lady Mocs were unable to move the runner, but following a fielder's choice from sophomore outfielder Kaiti Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.), she took second and third on back-to-back wild pitches. Florida State pitcher Monica Perry was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout.

In the bottom-half, two walks and a fielder's choice put two runners on with two outs before Deason notched her second strikeout of the game with a foul out to first baseman Tydingco.

Following a quite fourth, Osterman singled up the middle before back-to-back fly outs ended the frame.

A one-out double down the left field line by Borden started off Florida State in the fifth as it loaded the bases with a walk and an infield single with two outs. Junior second baseman Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) took a single away from O'Brien by catching a soft liner behind second to end the inning.

Deason worked out of another jam in the sixth following a lead-off walk as the Chattanooga defense used two ground outs and a liner to end the frame.

The Lady Mocs were poised for a possible upset needing one run to extend the game in the seventh and Tydingco started it off with a rocket that glanced off the shortstop and into center for a single.Morimoto made solid contact and drove a pitch that the right fielder Morgan Bullard was able to track down at the top of the fence in right center, just a couple feet from a go-ahead home run.

In a pinch hitting role, Suetsugu singled to right center to move Tydingco to scoring position with one out. The game ended as Osterman hit a soft liner that was caught by the pitcher and tossed to first for a double play.

Hurler Perry went the distance to improve to 8-2 on the season and registered seven strikeouts.

The Lady Mocs return to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at No. 4 Florida beginning at 5 p.m. Fans can follow the action with live stats and a free audio broadcast via links on the softball schedule page of Tyler Brown, the Voice of Lady Mocs softball, has the play-by-play commentary for the team this season.

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