The Lady Mocs opened a 10-game homestand with a mid-week win over Marshall, 4-1, a former member of the Southern Conference. Senior pitcher Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) started the offense with a solo home run and later drove in two more on a single, while freshman pitcher Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) registered the win in the circle.
Elon came to the Scenic City and fought hard in a three-game series that had numerous odd situations. Game one was a 3:15 marathon between the two teams as both starters had a tough time finding the strike zone as the first two innings took more than two hours to complete with the score, 7-5 Chattanooga.
The Lady Mocs would go on to win 14-11 as Fuzzard notched the win. Senior catcher Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was 3-for-3 with five RBI. Another key contributor was freshman outfielder Cheyenne Willis (Manchester, Tenn.), who was 4-for-5 with five runs scored, the most since Mandi Green and Denise Posey accomplished the feat against Alabama St., on March 11, 1997.
Chattanooga needed some late-game heroics in the second contest of the weekend as sophomore outfielder Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) began the scoring with a 2-RBI single to put the home team on top, but the Phoenix later took a 3-2 lead.
Going into the seventh, the Lady Mocs needed one run to extend the game. Freshman outfielder Layne Rainey (Clarksville, Tenn.) began the frame by reaching on a passed ball, following a stikeout. A successful sacrifice by junior second baseman Ninjja Suetsugu (Sao Paulo, Brazil) moved the runner up.
Then, Willis put runners on the corners by taking first on a fielding miscue before Fuzzard was walked to load the bases. A ground out by junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco tied the contest. Elon made a mistake to end the contest down the first base line as the Lady Mocs escaped with a 4-3 win.
In the finale of the series, the Phoenix took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but the Lady Mocs shutdown Elon in the rest of the game as Fuzzard registered the win and Deason earned the three-inning save.
Chattanooga's offense started slow, but exploded in the third with a five-run inning as Morimoto connected on a two-RBI triple to tie the contest before Tydingco put the team up, 5-2, on a three-run shot. The Lady Mocs tacked on two runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 9-2 win.
This week, the team faces Tennessee Tech in a mid-week matchup before hosting Western Carolina in a weekend series.
The question of the week is based upon one of the situations that the Lady Mocs faced against Elon. Fans can send their questions to be answered by the five-time SoCon Coach of the Year by sending an e-mail to Nate-Blythe@mocs.utc.edu with your name and question.
All four games this week can be followed by fans of the program outside the Scenic City with live stats and subscription-based video with Brown provided the play-by-play commentary through MocsVision. Links to these live events can be found on the softball schedule page of GoMocs.com.