Lady Bucs split with Chattanooga

from staff reports


   CHATTANOOGA -- Jada Pescatore belted two three-run homers and set a new University of Chattanooga school record with seven RBI's as the Lady Moccasins took the opener of a twin-bill with East Tennessee State 9-1.
   The Lady Buccaneers (13-12, 3-2) behind the five-hit pitching of Marsha Giles, took the nightcap 3-1.
   Danielle Spetar ripped a three-run double in the Lady Bucs fifth to plate all the runs Giles would need to pick up her fifth win of the season.
   Giles went the distance, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out one and walking six.
   Spetar's hit chased Lady Mocs starter Awbrey Winckler who was cruising along with a shutout until walking Julia Chance and Amy Moore to open the fifth.
   One-out later Tiffany Vandergriff was intentionally walked to set up a double play situation or a force at any base, but Spetar ruined that strategy with her hit.
   Winckler pitched four and one-third innings, giving up three runs on two hits, while striking out six and issuing five bases on balls.
   In the opener Pescatore was a force against Vandergriff, who started for the Lady Bucs, and lasted five and one-third frames until the eight-run mercy rule was put into effect.
   Chattanooga starter Beth Alexander struck out 12, which fell one shy of the school mark, and gave up just two hits. Alexander exhibited great control also as she gave up just one walk.
   In the contest UTC (18-8, 3-1) ripped 10 hits, with two each delivered Dana Reed, Melissa Ramirez and Jill Crawford along with Pescatore.
   Pescatore had a chance to add to her RBI binge as she came to the plate in the sixth with the bases loaded and drew a walk that forced home the game ending run.