Mocs Rally Late Twice to Complete Sweep

By William McElyea, Staff Writer-

UTC’s softball swept their two-game series against Tennessee Tech Thursday night at Jim Frost Stadium. The Mocs relied on some late heroics after falling behind early in both games. 

Despite going up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning of game one off an RBI single from Hayleigh Weissenbach, the Mocs eventually found themselves down 3-1 after an error allowed three unearned runs in the top of the fifth.

UTC quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning with a 2-RBI hit by Kendall Forsythe to tie the game but was soon facing defeat again after Tennessee Tech’s Sydney Love-Baker hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh. 

Cameren Swafford, however, managed a clutch piece of hitting with two outs left when her single to center field drove in the tying run. Swafford’s hit was followed by a single and then an error which allowed the runner to score and gave the Mocs their first victory of the day with a 5-4 win. 

Chattanooga’s second game was just as exciting. The Mocs found themselves down 5-1 after three innings in game two. UTC responded with two RBIs in the fourth and fifth innings by Emily Coltharp and Courtney Ball, respectively, to cut the deficit to 5-3. 

Later on in the game, Swafford was the hero down the stretch. After a two-run double by Kailey Snell tied the game at five, Swafford hit an RBI double to drive in Snell for what would end up being the game-winning run. 

Swafford only managed one hit per game Thursday, but it was enough to propel the Mocs to an even 4-4 record on the year. Swafford also continued her hitting streak, now at five games in a row and six of her last seven games.

UTC will be back at Jim Frost Stadium on March 6th for their next game, facing Butler. The game will start at 1:30 pm Eastern time.

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