The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team got senior weekend off to a good start Saturday evening at Jim Frost Stadium with a five-inning 8-0 win over Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern.
Third baseman Tiffany Baker got the Lady Mocs (33-12, 15-3) on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a single scoring fellow senior Lyndsey Stiles.
Vivian Morimoto and Kasey Tydingco followed with RBIs for a 3-0 lead after one inning, and the Lady Mocs followed with single runs in the second and third innings and three runs in the fourth to seal the victory over the second-place Eagles (28-25, 16-6).
Baker’s two-run home run in the fourth was her 14th of the season, tying the school record she set last year. She also extended her UTC and SoCon career records to 46 homers.
“She is such a great kid. She works her tail off every day to be better and better,” coach Frank Reed said. “People have no idea what [pain] she is playing through. She puts it all out there every day and wants to be better for the team. If anyone is deserving of those accolades, then it is Tiffany.”
Morimoto, Tydingco and Sara Poteat each joined Baker with two hits in the win.
Junior pitcher Michelle Fuzzard allowed only three hits and a walk in her 16th win of the season.
UTC will wrap up the weekend series today with a doubleheader against the Eagles starting at 11:50 a.m. Before the first game, the six Lady Mocs seniors — Baker, Stiles, Della Harrison, Lauren Flores, Nikki Waters and Kandice Irwin — will be honored on the field.
Dinner set May 9
The “softball appreciation” dinner sponsored by the Lady Moc RBI Club is set for May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Russell Events Hall at 630 North Ave., just off Mack Smith Road near Cloud Springs.
Advance tickets cost $15 and will be available at today’s games. For more information call Mike Burke at 877-2080.