Chattanooga sweeps but UNCG claims fourth seed at SoCon tourney 05-05-2012

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Chattanooga finished off Saturday's suspended game with a 7-1 win Sunday and followed that up with a 6-3 win in the final game of the regular season for both teams to play spoiler on UNCG's Senior Day.

UNCG honored senior manager Katelyn Dodson, left fielder Alex Emeterio and pitcher Cory Mattson prior to Sunday's second game.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a 21-32 overall mark and a 10-13 Southern Conference record to nab the fourth seed in the upcoming league tournament. UNCG will play fifth-seeded Appalachian State, the tournament host, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Chattanooga wrapped up its 2012 regular season with a 37-14 overall mark and a 20-2 league record to take the second seed.

Sunday's action picked up where Saturday's left off after a massive storm drenched the area. The scoreless game started back in the top of the third inning with Chattanooga batting with one on and one out. Vivian Morimoto quickly doubled to put runners on the corners and Kasey Tydingco followed with a double of her own to drive in two runs.

UNCG starter Erica Navarette settled in after that, retiring the next two batters in order to end the inning.

Chattanooga added another run in the fifth inning on Michelle Fuzzard's home run to right center and made it a 4-0 game with Jessica Traxler's leadoff homer in the sixth.

The Lady Mocs put the game out of reach in the seventh on Tydingco's three-run shot, which made it 7-0.

UNCG broke up the shutout in the bottom half of the frame. After Heather Robb drew a leadoff walk, she was erased at second on a fielder's choice. Toni MacReynolds followed with a single to left center to put runners on first and second with one out, and Tatiana Alcala moved both runners up on a sacrifice bunt. Aisha Figueroa then hit a fielder's choice to score Dominique Madruga, making it 7-1.

Fuzzard (15-7) picked up the win in the circle, allowing one run on five hits and striking out six. Navarette (6-13) took the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, striking out three.

Stephanie Rieck was 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Chattanooga, while Tydingco was 2-for-4 with five RBI.

Katelyn Bedwell was 2-for-3 with a double to lead UNCG at the plate in the contest.

The Spartans jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the day's second contest and used some solid defense to keep the Lady Mocs at bay early.

Chattanooga had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the first, but UNCG turned a 3-2-4 double play to escape unscathed. The Lady Mocs were in business again in the third, but the Spartans turned the strike-'em-out, throw-'em out double play to end the inning, with Mattson fanning Reick and Bedwell throwing out Sara Poteat trying to swipe third.

UNCG took its first lead of the day in the bottom half of that frame, with Baldwin lifting a two-out single to center and Emeterio blooping a double down the left field line to knock in Baldwin.

The hit was the 226th of Emeterio's career, putting her one shy of the school record shared by Karyn Thompson and Jennifer Bonilla. The RBI was also the 99th of Emeterio's career.

Chattanooga answered in the top of the fourth, evening the score on Traxler's sacrifice fly.

The Lady Mocs took the lead emphatically in the fifth inning on Morimoto's grand slam and made it a 6-1 game on Morimoto's RBI single in the seventh.

The Spartans didn't go down without a fight, however. Bedwell fouled off 11 pitches to work and incredible 15-pitch walk to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and Robb, the reigning SoCon Player of the Week, clubbed the second pitch she saw down the left field line for her ninth homer of the season to make it 6-3.

MacReynolds drew a walk one out later, but starter Taylor Deason worked out of the jam to lock up her 22nd win of the season, matching UTC's freshman record.

Deason (22-7) allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, striking out four. Mattson (13-16) took the loss, allowing six runs on 11 hits and four walks, striking out two.

Baldwin was 2-for-3 with a run scored to pace UNCG at the plate in the second game. Morimoto was 2-for-3 with five RBI to lead Chattanooga.

Chattanooga 7, UNCG 1 (May 05, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.) (Game 2)
Chattanooga......... 002 011 3 -  7 10  2      (36-14, 19-2 SoCon)
UNCG................ 000 000 1 -  1  5  0      (21-31, 10-12 SoCon)
Pitchers: Chattanooga - Michelle Fuzzard and Natalie Powers. UNCG - Erica Navarette and Katelyn Bedwell.
Win-Michelle Fuzzard(15-7)  Loss-Erica Navarette(6-13)  T-1:53  A-0
HR UTC - Michelle Fuzzard (14); Kasey Tydingco (11); Jessica Traxler (10).
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy

Chattanooga 6, UNCG 3 (May 06, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.)
Chattanooga......... 000 140 1 -  6 11  0      (37-14, 20-2 SoCon)
UNCG................ 001 000 2 -  3  5  1      (21-32, 10-13 SoCon)
Pitchers: Chattanooga - Taylor Deason and Vivian Morimoto. UNCG - Cory Mattson and Katelyn Bedwell.
Win-Taylor Deason(22-7)  Loss-Cory Mattson(13-16)  T-2:10  A-102
HR UTC - Vivian Morimoto (13).
HR UNCG - Heather Robb (9).
Weather: 72 degrees, cloudy

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