Toledo Softball Earns Another Win to Close Out UT Chattanooga Challenge

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Toledo Softball (4-5) split the final day of the UT Chattanooga Challenge on Saturday, starting with a 5-1 loss to Indiana State but ending with a convincing 7-4 victory over Tennessee Tech to end the tournament with a 3-1 mark. Day two was highlighted in the latter game by sophomore pitcher Erin Hunt (7 IP, 7 SO, 3 BB) earning her third win of the season and senior Megan Choate bringing in three runners on two early-innings hits.

Game 1:
• The Rockets' first game of the day was a grind from the start with neither team giving an inch as both sides left three runners on base by the start of the third inning.
• UT opened scoring in the bottom of the third thanks to senior catcher Kaitlyn Bergman's right-field single that gave just enough room for sophomore shortstop Kylie Norwood to run in.
• After both sides went in order in the fourth, the Sycamores came out energized in the fifth, scoring four runs. It all started with a bases-loaded single down the right side that brought in two for ISU. Following a pitching change that sent senior Heather Webb back to the dugout and brought out classmate Kailey Minarchick, the Sycamores' Bella Peterson tripled to center to add two more to the board.
• Things quieted down until the top of the seventh when ISU added its final run off a double. With a runner already on, Brooke Mann popped one into right center to bring in the runner from first.

Game 2:
• The second contest was UT's to lose from the beginning. Toledo took down the first four batters in order then got the bats going early in the bottom of the frame. Norwood singled to left center and was followed by a double to left field from Choate that brought the runner home.
• UT's next three went down in order but the energy was enough to galvanize the Rockets through the second inning. Hunt earned three strikeouts at the top of the frame and UT's batters paid her back with a Norwood single that scored two and a two-run homer from Choate to make things 5-0.
• Toledo's offensive let off the gas for the next two innings as it left the defense manage the game, but TTU had a brief spark in the top of the fifth. A hit by pitch, error and a single loaded the bases on Hunt and brought up Raegan Sparks. Sparks hit a foul fly to senior third basemen Katie Cozy, but the contact was just deep enough to get her teammate home.
• The Midnight Blue & Gold added two more in the bottom of the frame when sophomore Taylor Weekly brought in freshman Brianna Robeson from second base on a deep single.
• Sophomore Raelyn Nyren followed with a single of her own to left field that scored Weekly and made the difference 7-1 in favor of Toledo.
• The Golden Eagles made things interesting in the final inning when they loaded the bases thanks to a walk and back-to-back HBPs, but Hunt was able to force a ground out to end the game.