CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – After a 4-3 comeback victory to force another game in the Southern Conference Championship, No. 1 seed UNC Greensboro softball (33-23) fell 10-1 in five innings to No. 3 Chattanooga (37-15) Saturday night at Jim Frost Stadium. The Mocs scored nine runs in the opening frame of the second game.
Despite the loss, Stephanie Bryden was named the SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In 27.1 innings pitched in three starts and five appearances, Bryden allowed just two earned runs for a tournament-low 0.51 ERA. She had a WHIP of 0.732 with a tournament-high of 26 strikeouts. At the plate she had two homers, four runs and a walk.
Joining Bryden on the All-SoCon Tournament were Delaney Cumbie, Melanie Darges and Marisa Sholtes. Sholtes had a tournament-high three homers and 11 RBI’s in the five games. Darges finished the tournament 5-10 at the plate with four walks for a .643 on-base percentage along with four runs. Cumbie went 5-13 for a .385 batting average.
UNCG scored all four runs in the first game in the fifth inning. Monica Pepe and Delaney Cumbie had back-to-back singles. Sholtes then hit her 17th homer of the year over the bleachers in right field. Bryden then hit another homer to left center in the Spartans’ next at-bat, her third of the year. Five of the Spartans’ seven hits in the game came in this inning.
The Mocs cut their deficit to one in the next inning. Following a two-out single, a ball just got over the fence in left center for a two-run homer.
Chattanooga scored first on consecutive doubles in the second inning.
After two fielding errors in the first inning of the next game by the Spartans produced a pair of runs, a grand slam followed. After Bryden entered the circle, Chattanooga loaded the bases with three walks. One run followed with an RBI-fielder’s choice, and the final two runs came on the single to right field.
Chattanooga added another run the next inning with a leadoff homer to left field.
The Spartans scored their lone run in the bottom of the inning. Makenna Matthijs led off with a double down the left field line, went to third base on a wild pitch and came home on an infield RBI-single by Pepe.
News and Notes
- Bryden (25-12) threw five innings in the start of the first game, allowing one run, six hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
- Kylie Bouplon earned the Spartans’ first save of the season, giving up two runs, three hits and no walks with a strikeout. With three career saves, Bouplon tied Nicole Thomas (2013-16) for seventh place in program history.
- Bouplon started the second game and gave up four runs, four hits and no walks.
- Bryden tied Winn Hazlegrove (1995) and Christine Hornak (1998) for the second-most wins in a single year.
- Sholtes tied Lindsay Thomas (2013) and Katelyn Bedwell (2014) for the single-season record in homers.
- Pepe combined to go 3-5 in the two games with a run and RBI.
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