By Abe Avila, Staff Writer—
This weekend, Chattanooga Mocs softball hosted the annual Chattanooga Challenge. The games spanned Friday through Sunday inside both Jim Frost Stadium and neighboring Warner Park Softball Complex. UTC faced Marshall, Western Kentucky, Bowling green, Indiana state and Tennessee Tech in the three day span.
On Friday UTC split matches as they defeated Marshall 10-8 before falling to WKU 12-2. The doubleheader split moved Chattanooga’s overall record to 2-2. Marshall dropped to 2-3 following the loss while WKU improved to 5-2.
Aly Walker, Medina, Tenn., went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored in game one’s win over Marshall. It’s the first four-hit game of Walker’s impressive career at UTC. She added a 1-for-3 performance against WKU to raise her season average to an even .500. Emily Coltharp, McDonough, Ga., posted her third multi-hit game in the season’s first four games.
On Saturday, the Mocs split again, falling to Bowling Green 7-5, before beating Indiana state 5-3. It was Redshirt senior Emma Sturdivant’s, Orange, Calif., game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the sixth that finalized UTC’s victory over Indiana State. Following the win over ISU, UTC improved its 2020 record to an even 3-3. Indiana State fell to 3-5 while Bowling Green improved to 2-1 following the earlier win.
Walker once again extended her hitting streak to now six games. Celie Hudson, Paris, Tenn., improved her record in the circle to a perfect 3-0 in 2020. All three wins have come as complete games. She has now tossed 47 complete games during her career, seventh most in program history.
On Sunday, the final day of the Chattanooga Challenge, the Mocs fell to Tennessee Tech 7-5. UTC lost a late lead after allowing a five-run fifth inning to Tennessee Tech, eventually losing the match. Following the loss, Chattanooga falls to 3-4 in early season action while in-state foe Tennessee Tech improved its overall mark to 6-4.
Up next, Mocs softball gets set to host tournament action for the second-straight weekend with the Frost Classic kicking off on Friday, February 21.