Jenny Garcia is batting .353 going into the Frost Classic. The redshirt freshman has collected six hits and six RBI.
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Chattanooga Softball Hosts 12-Team Frost Classic
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team (4-5) hosts the annual Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial February 22-24 at Jim Frost Stadium to open up the 2013 home schedule. The 12-team meeting is one of the largest annual tournaments in the southeast region and includes Tennessee Tech, Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Miami-Ohio, Boston College, Missouri State, Toledo, Niagra, Ohio, North Carolina Central and Lipscomb.

The three-day tournament will feature 30 games, including five Lady Mocs matchups. Chattanooga hosts a doubleheader Friday afternoon against Eastern Kentucky and Lipscomb, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Over the weekend, the Lady Mocs also take on Miami-Ohio, Boston College and Missouri State. Frost Stadium hosts seven teams while three fields at Warner Park will see action from multiple teams. Play begins at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday while Sunday's games will begin at 10 a.m.

Chattanooga's matchup with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels serves as the two teams' fifth meeting all-time. The Lady Mocs and Colonels all-time record sits at an even 2-2 with Chattanooga claiming the last two contests. On the season, EKU has competed in one tournament and amassed a 3-1 record. While participating in the KSU Classic in Kennessaw, Ga., the Colonels claimed wins over Liberty, Ball State and Mercer while their only loss came against UAB.

The EKU offense is led by infielder Lauren Mitchell. The sophomore commands a .455 batting average with five hits and two doubles thus far. Shortstop Haley Schenasi follows closely behind with a .444 batting average, four hits and three RBI. Both Mitchell and Schenasi have totaled seven bases.

The ace of the Colons' pitching staff is Leanna Pittsenbarger. The sophomore has claimed two wins on the season in three appearances. Pittsenbarger maintains a 1.87 ERA while holding opponents to a .170 batting average.

Chattanooga battles Lipscomb at 5:45 p.m. Friday evening in its second game of the Frost Classic. The Lady Mocs command the all-time series record 5-3 while Lipscomb has claimed the last two meeting between the teams. Lipscomb comes to Chattanooga looking to snap a five-game skid. The Bison have suffered losses to No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston, Northwestern State, Western Kentucky and Mississippi State while claiming wins over Iowa, Houston and Texas State.

Freshman Mickey Bell paces the Lipscomb offense with a .316 batting average and six hits. The catcher has two extra-base including a home run. She has 10 total bases and has driven two runs.

The pitching staff is headed up by Heather Parker. The junior has pitched in 28.0 innings, allowing just seven earned runs and maintaining a 1.75 ERA. Despite her numbers, Parker is 1-2 on the season in six appearances with one start under her belt.

The Lady Mocs host Miami-Ohio Saturday at 1:15 p.m., looking to improve their all-time record to 6-0 over the RedHawks. Miami 1-4 on the season with an 8-2 win over Marshall. Their four losses include a loss to the Thundering Herd, Indiana and two losses to Georgia Tech.

Kayla Ledbetter is batting an even .500 and slugging 1.375 through five games. The junior catcher has four hits along with two home runs. Her seven RBI are a team-best as she leads the RedHawks with three extra-base hits.

Pitcher Paige Myers is 1-2 on the season with a 3.07 ERA. The junior has started two games and has four appearances, pitching in a team-high 13.2 innings. She has fanned 11 batters.

Chattanooga wraps up Saturday's play at 3:30 p.m. against Boston College. The Eagles have yet to play a game, making the Frost Classic their season opener. Boston College will take on Missouri State, Miami and Ohio before facing the Lady Mocs. UTC is 1-0 all-time against the Eagles.

The Eagles return 2012 offensive leader Nicole D'Argento for the upcoming season. The senior batted .338 in 50 games, collecting 52 hits and launching a team-high nine home runs. D'Argento not only drove in 31 runs but also recorded a 2012-best 10 wins in the circle. Her 3.77 through 150.1 innings pitched helped lead the Eagles to 23 wins.

The Lady Mocs top off the Frost Classic with a 12:15 p.m. matchup with Missouri State as the Bears enter the tournament with four wins and six losses. Missouri State began the season with a four-game losing streak but snapped it win back-to-back wins over Butler and Boise State. Its other two wins came against Iowa State and UTSA. This will be the first matchup between the Lady Mocs and Bears.

Heather Duckworth leads the MSU offense with a .429 average through 28 at-bats. Her 12 hits is tied for the team lead while she has driven in seven runs and scored seven runs. The junior has two extra-base hits, both for doubles.

Pitcher Chelsea Jones has a team-high four wins while only recording two losses. The sophomore has made nine appearances and started six. She has tossed six complete games and struck 14 batters thus far.

Following the Frost Classic, the Lady Mocs travel to Macon, Ga. to participate in the Mercer University Bear Classic. The round-robin tournament will pin Chattanooga against Central Arkansas, Northern Kentucky and the hosting Bears beginning March 1 at 11 a.m.

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