SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Chattanooga Lady Mocs senior catcher Vivian Morimoto (Sao Paulo, Brazil) blasted grand slams in back-to-back games on her way to being named Southern Conference Player of the Month for May. The senior also graduated during the month with a degree in sociology and minor in psychology.
The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native compiled a .476 batting average and .875 slugging percentage, while driving in 12 runs.
She capped of her senior season with a grand slam in the regular season finale at UNCG and in the SoCon Tournament opener vs. Elon.
In the finale against the Spartans, Morimoto tallied five RBI on a home run and double. The homer against the Phoenix was following an intentional walk to SoCon Player of the Year Michelle Fuzzard (Huntington Beach, Calif.) to load the bases. She ended her career with 20 round trippers including 14 on the season.
Morimoto registered five multi-hit and three multi-RBI contests during the Lady Mocs seven games for the month.
This is the second time that the two-time All-SoCon First Team performer has been recognized by the league for an award. She was the SoCon Player of the Week on April 4, 2011.
Chattanooga had three student-athletes this season earn monthly awards as Fuzzard took the honors in February as a hitter and freshman pitcher Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) received acknowledgement in April.
The Lady Mocs begin preparations for the 2013 campaign when the team returns to campus in August. Chattanooga will be welcoming six newcomers to the squad.