Sophomore pitcher Taylor Deason serves pancakes and coffee to Chattanooga alumni Dale Rutemeyer at Saturday's pancake breakfast.
Saturday's Softball Pancake Breakfast a Success

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team hosted its annual pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the downtown Applebee's. The breakfast, present by the Chattanooga Softball RBI Club, served up over 300 pancakes to over 150 fans.

"We had a great turnout," Head Coach Frank Reed said. "It's a great fundraiser for our team and it's a very enjoyable event. It gives the fans a chance to interact with players, and it's a chance for the players to meet the fans who support them. The breakfast is a great way to kick off the softball season."

During the two hour span, the breakfast raised $1,600 for the Chattanooga softball program, including pre-sold tickets, tickets sold at the door and donations. Season ticket packages were also available at the event.

"The breakfast was a huge success," RBI Club co-founder Mike Burke said. "Thanks to the great job the players did in getting the word out to their friends, families and classmates. It was great seeing so many friends and members of Chattanooga Athletics come out to support the softball program."

The Lady Mocs are coming off a 39-16 performance last season, going 20-2 at Frost Stadium. UTC's 20-2 mark in the SoCon tied a program-high for most conference wins. Seniors (Thomaston, Ga.), (Fairfield, Calif.) and (Sao Paulo, Brazil) look to lead the team to its 14th regular season SoCon title. Ninjja SuetsuguKasey TydingcoSara Poteat

Chattanooga opens the 2013 season Feb. 8 in Clermont, Fla. at the National Training Center Invitational. The Lady Mocs will take on Fordham, Southern Illinois, Long Island and Virginia Tech before traveling to Auburn University to participate in the Tiger Invitational Feb. 15-17. Chattanooga hosts the annual Frost Classic Feb. 22-24 to opens its home slate. UTC takes on Eastern Kentucky, Boston College, Miami-Ohio and Missouri State in the Scenic City.

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