BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The Samford softball team dropped the series finale against Chattanooga Sunday in a 12-1 meeting that saw lots of offensive production from the Lady Mocs. The Bulldogs fall to 9-18 overall and 1-7 in Southern Conference play while the Lady Mocs improve to 22-8, 6-0 SoCon.
"This was just a tough outing for us," Samford Head Coach Beanie Ketcham said. "But we just have to persevere and show what our character is all about down the stretch here. We've got an opportunity to come in and do some good things on Tuesday and see if we can get things going in the right direction. We're not giving up. We just have to keep working."
Chattanooga wasted no time getting on the board as the first run scored on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. It then put up seven runs in the second inning to take an 8-0 lead.
The Lady Mocs led off the second inning with back-to-back singles before a wild pitch set up a scoring opportunity putting runners on second and third. Another wild pitch advanced the runners, but the Bulldogs tagged Lauren Flores out a home. Then two walks loaded the bases and another walk scored the first run for UTC. Meanwhile, Samford makes a pitching change. Then, a hit batsman scored the second and a single scored the third.
With UTC up 3-0, Tia Blosser hit a sacrifice fly to center field to record the second out of the inning and drive in the fourth run for the Lady Mocs. Another wild pitch advanced the runners and a walk loaded the bases once more. Flores then hit a triple to right field to score Jessica Traxler, Nikki Waters and Tiffany Baker before Samford recorded the third out on a fly out to left field.
Samford finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Rachael Reeves singled up the middle with two outs to drive in Amanda Jordan from second base.
UTC shut out the Bulldogs for the rest of the game and added four more runs on a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 12-1.
Samford was led by Fisher, Jordan and Reeves who each recorded a hit for the Bulldogs. Reeves also had Samford's only RBI while Jordan scored the run. Fisher also stole two bases bringing her season total to 12.
Stephanie Royall started and ended the game for the Bulldogs. She pitched the first inning and first out for of the game before being relieved by Barrs. She then came back in and pitched the final two outs of the seventh inning. She gave up three earned runs on four hits and walked four batters. Barrs pitched five innings, giving up eight earned runs on eight hits with one strikeout and six walks.
Five Lady Mocs recorded two hits each including Lyndsey Stiles, Blosser, Waters, Flores and Sara Poteat. Poteat, Stiles and Kaiti Kelley each scored two runs while six others scored one each. Della Harrison recorded four RBI on the grand slam in the seventh inning as she pinch hit for Kaiti Kelley. Flores had three RBI while Waters had two and three more Lady Mocs had one each.
Brooke Loudermilk started the game for the Lady Mocs but was relieved by Waters after walking the first batter. Waters completed the game, giving up just three hits. The one run was unearned. She struck out five batters and walked four.
Samford is back in action at home Tuesday when the Bulldogs play host to Mercer for a midweek non-conference doubleheader. The first game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the second at approximately 6 p.m. Samford will then head to Charleston, S.C., for the weekend to play the College of Charleston on Friday and Saturday.