BOONE, N.C. - The third-seeded College of Charleston softball team was tagged with a 6-1 loss to second-seed Chattanooga in the second round of the Southern Conference Championships at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium on Thursday evening.
With the loss the Cougars move to the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament where they'll see fourth-seed UNC Greensboro on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m.
Kelsey Hodgson (Woodstock, Ga.) went 2-for-3 in the game with a homerun in the sixth inning which provided for CofC's only run.
The Lady Mocs hit three home runs in the bottom of the sixth and also scored two unearned runs with a pair of sacrifice flies in the third.
The Lady Mocs' two runs in the bottom of the third were aided by a pair of Cougar throwing errors. Sarah Beth Roberts started the inning by singling back up the middle before Layne Rainey beat out her sacrifice bunt attempt for a single before a throwing error advanced Roberts to third. Sarah Poteat then provided a sacrifice fly for the game's first run.
UTC's next batter Cheyenne Willis struck out swinging on a pitch in the dirt but the throw to first base hit her in the back and scooted down the line allowing her to reach safely and Rainey to get to third. Just like Poteat, Stephanie Rieck provided a sacrifice fly to double Chattanooga's lead.
Hodgson hammered the very first pitch of the sixth inning well over the fence in left to cut the lead in half for the Cougars but the Lady Mocs followed suit with three home runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to stretch a 6-1 lead.
Last season the Cougars were sent to the consolation bracket in the opening round but responded with four straight wins to reach the tournament finals. CofC will look to make a similar run this season and will need four consecutive victories to be crowned champions.
Tickets to all games will be available for purchase on site. All-session adult passes will be available for $30 while all-session youth passes (pre-kindergarten) will cost $15. Single session passes will also be available for purchase and will cost $5 for adults and $3 for youths. Groups of 10 or more will be available for $2 a person. No credit cards will be accepted. Only cash and checks made payable to "Southern Conference" will be taken at the gate. Students at Southern Conference institutions get in free with a valid I.D.
All of the action will be available LIVE through SoConTV. Fans who are unable to attend will have the opportunity to view all of the games by logging on to SoConSports.com and subscribing to SoConTV. The championship game, which is slated for Saturday at 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast on ESPN3. From the first pitch to the final out, every moment of the softball action will be available, including exclusive coach and student-athlete interviews and the final awards presentation. An archived version of the event will also be available after the tournament.