CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (18-15, 3-3 SoCon) wraps up its four-game home stand Wednesday night with a single game against Georgia State (18-9, 3-0 CAA) beginning at 5 p.m. at Frost Stadium. It will be the 14th meeting between the two schools with the Panthers and Lady Mocs meeting five times in the past three seasons.
Wednesday’s was originally scheduled to be a double-header, but both coaching staffs decided early Tuesday morning to play one game rather than two.
“Due to dropping temperatures and the inclement weather,” Head Coach Reed said. “We are dropping the games from a double-header to a single game. The second game wasn’t scheduled to begin until 8 p.m. and we were afraid with 30 degree temperatures and heavy winds that it would be better for both the players and the fans to have just one game.”
Since renewing the series in 2010, GSU holds a 3-2 record while Chattanooga claims the all-time series record 8-6 overall. Last season’s matchup ended in a 5-1 loss for the Lady Mocs in Atlanta, Ga., at the Panther Invitational. At Frost Stadium, UTC defends a 4-3 home record.
Chattanooga enters the midweek doubleheader with a 2-1 series win over Appalachian State to improve to 18-15 overall. The non-conference matchups will serve as a break from Southern Conference play, where the Lady Mocs are 3-3, before traveling to Western Carolina to take on the Catamounts Friday and Saturday in Cullowhee, N.C.
Sara Poteat (Thomaston, Ga.) continues to lead the team with a .359 batting average while Kasey Tydingco (Fairfield, Calif.) continues to gain on the lead with a .347 average. Poteat ranks first with 42 hits while junior Stephanie Rieck (Chandler, Ariz.) has driven in a team-high 18 runs, aided by her 5-RBI performance last Wednesday against Murray State.
Sophomore Taylor Deason (Clarksville, Tenn.) continues to carry the team-lead in wins, collecting two over the weekend against Appalachian State to improve her record to 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA. Rachel Albritton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who is 1-1 in her previous three starts, stands at 4-3 with a team-best 2.47 ERA.
Georgia State enters the weekend with an 18-9 record, led by sophomore Callie Alford’s offensive showing at the plate. The utility infielder is batting .349 with 30 hits on the season while freshman Taylor Anderson follows closely behind with a .348 average and a team-high 31 hits on the season. Alford has driven in 23 runs, but the power in the Panthers’ lineup comes from senior Paige Nowacki who has blasted 11 home runs, tying her for 16th in the nation and just five homers off the NCAA pace.
The Panthers’ pitching has been dominate, posting two 5+ game winners on the season. Junior Kaitlyn Medlam maintains a 2.46 ERA while leading the staff with a 9-3 record while freshman Katie Worley is 7-5 with a slightly inflated 4.48 ERA. Sophomore Eron Milton is also 2-0 on the season with a 3.71 ERA in 17.0 innings pitched.
Live stats and video will be provided for the matchup against the Panthers. After Wednesday’s game, the Lady Mocs pack their bags and head to Cullowhee, N.C., to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts for their third SoCon series of the 2013 season.