Chattanooga Uses The Long Ball In 8-1 Win Over Hoosiers
March 1, 2008
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Indiana softball team suffered its third loss at the Frost Classic, dropping an 8-1 decision to the host Chattanooga Mocs at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The first inning struggles continued for Indiana (1-7) against Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Mocs (10-7) made a leadoff error by the Hoosiers come back to haunt them on their way to a four-run first inning.
Freshman Brittany Devitt tried to start the comeback for the Hoosiers in the top of the second by launching a solo home run, her second of the season, to dead center field to trim the Chattanooga lead to 4-1.
But the Mocs had other ideas in the bottom of the inning, plating four more runs on a grand slam by Laci Upchurch to extend the lead to 8-1 after two innings of play.
Monica Wright was spectacular in relief of starter Sara Olson, coming on at the beginning of the third inning and keeping the Mocs off the scoreboard the remainder of the game. She allowed just three hits over the final four innings and struckout five. Olson (0-1) went 2.0 innings in her first start of the season and allowed six hits, but two were home runs in suffering the loss.
Jennilee Huddleston did extend her hit streak to six games with a single to left field in the first inning. During the streak, the senior from Peachtree City, Ga., his hitting .500 (10-20) with a home run, triple, double and four RBIs.
The Hoosiers put two runners on base in the top of the fifth with two outs but Emily Bergeson's drive down the right field line was grabbed by the Chattanooga right fielder for the final out of the inning. Huddleston saved a run in the bottom of the inning on defense, making a backhanded stop on a grounder down the third base line and firing a strike to first base to end the inning to strand the runner at second base.
Indiana will play its final game at the Frost Classic on Sunday against Kentucky at Noon at Frost Stadium.
Check back soon