The Mocs' softball season comes to an end with a 9-0 run-rule loss to Auburn in the Tallahassee Regional | Local sports

The Chattanooga softball team fell to Auburn 9-0, ending its run in the NCAA Regional on Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida.

After a long day of waiting and a nearly five-hour delay due to bad weather, the Mocs and Tigers faced off.

Auburn scored in each of the five innings played, scoring nine runs on 10 hits. Senior Kaili Phillips picked up Chattanooga's only goal in the game's finale. She drove a double to left field.

Catcher Jayce Purdy showed off her skills in the third inning, missing her 19th steal attempt as Auburn's Thalia Martin tried to steal third. During the next attack, Rose Roach dove toward the Tiger's dugout. Purdy and Mocs third baseman Kaili Phillips both ran for the ball and Purdy's dive into the wall proved productive as she made the catch despite landing under her teammate.

Addy Keylon led off with a walk in the third, but was ejected because of interference at the plate while trying to reach second. Kaili Phillips was down to her last hit with two outs in the fifth when she made solid contact with the ball and drove it to left for a double.

Chattanooga seniors Phillips, Keylon and Kendall Forsythe all finished their careers at UTC with a Southern Conference regular season title, two SoCon tournament crowns and two trips to the NCAA Regional.

The Mocs finish the season 42-16 overall, with a tournament win at Central Arkansas and winning all five of the Chattanooga Challenge. UTC went 4-1 at the Spring Games in Madeira Beach, Florida, and won four SoCon series.

Winning streaks have been frequent for the Mocs, who had two seven-game series during the tournament earlier in the season.

UTC's longest winning streak, 10 games, began March 10 with a 9-1 win over Manhattan in the Spring Games and ended April 6 against Wofford. The Terriers broke through with a win in the second game of the doubleheader.

Chattanooga had a nine-game winning streak that began with a 4-3 win in nine innings on the road at Tennessee State and ended with a 10-1 win in five innings against Mercer in Game 1 of the SoCon Tournament.

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