The Chattanooga softball team wrapped up an 11-day road trip on Sunday, suffering a 9-1, five-inning setback at Furman’s Pepsi Stadium—the Lady Mocs’ first series loss to the Paladins since 2000. Chattanooga fell to 15-14 on the season, 1-2 in Southern Conference play, while Furman improved to 11-13 overall and 2-4 in conference.
UTC collected six hits—three in the top of the first—but were unable to manufacture any runs, while freshman right-hander Kaisey Carson lasted just seven pitches on the mound for the Lady Mocs before being replaced by sophomore Taylor Deason.
Freshman Anyssa Robles finished 3-for-3 at the plate for UTC, while seniors Sara Poteat and Kasey Tydingco each notched a pair of hits. Carson (2-5) was charged with the loss.
The Paladins picked up three runs off two hits and an error in the first, added five more in the second, and clinched the win in the bottom of the fifth when Stephanie Field, who reached on a single back to the pitcher, scored from third on a UTC fielding error.
The Lady Mocs’ only run came in the fourth when freshman Sarah Beth Roberts, who led off the inning with a double to center, scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alyssa Taylor, but senior Ninjja Suetsugu was caught in a rundown to cut the team's scoring chance short.
Junior Lauren Collier picked up the win for the Paladins (6-6) after scattering three hits in two scoreless innings on the mound.
Chattanooga returns home this week when the Lady Mocs host Murray State on Wednesday before welcoming Appalachian State for a three-game, SoCon series this weekend.