CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – On a chilly Tuesday evening at Frost Stadium, the Tennessee Tech softball team could not overcome a five-run deficit in the team’s final at-bats as the UT Chattanooga Mocs topped the Golden Eagles, 6-1.
Junior Callie Schmidt scored the lone Tech run a single by sophomore Brooke Basten in the top of the 4th inning, cutting the TTU deficit to 2-1. But the Mocs responded with a four-run 6th inning to take a 6-1 lead with one inning to play.
Prior to the Mocs’ 6th inning, the teams had combined for just five hits and three runs as both starting pitchers held the opposing team at bay.
The Golden Eagles put two runners on in the final inning as they looked to come back, but both were stranded as the Golden Eagles fell by five runs. Basten started the inning by reaching base on a Chattanooga error, and three batters later, Lacie Coquerille poked a singled up the middle to put runners at the corners with two outs before the Mocs managed to record the final out on a grounder back to the pitcher.
Basten, Coquerille and Kaleigh Gates each finished with the hits for TTU, as both Basten and Gates finished the game 1-for-3 and Coquerille was 1-for-4. Whitney Cummings, Holly Thomas and Maddie Schmissrauter also reached base for Tech on walks.
UT Chattanooga improves to 16-7 on the season with the win, while Tech moves to 8-15 overall.
Schmissrauter suffered the loss for Tech and is now 3-4 this season. She pitched 5.0 innings and allowed just two runs on three hits while striking out three.
The Golden Eagles now set their sights on conference play, which begins on Saturday when Tech travels to Austin Peay for a three-game series. Tech will play the first of two games on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. before a single game on Sunday at noon wraps up the road trip.