Wrapping Up 2007 Softball
After coming up short for two seasons, the 2007 Chattanooga Lady Mocs captured the regular season title, posting a Southern Conference record of 16-5, 35-31 overall.

The Southern Conference Championships were another story with the team bowing out the earliest in school history, dropping game one to No. 8 seeded UNC Greensboro and game two to No. 4 seeded Georgia Southern.

In his sixth season, head coach Frank Reed brought in some new faces to a traditionally strong program. Assistant Coach Brad Irwin made his way back to the dugout for the Lady Mocs after spending three seasons at nearby Lee University. He had previously been an assistant coach at Chattanooga while pursuing his degrees.

During the 2007 season, Reed experienced his 700th career win, improving his overall record to 721-244, 245-157 at Chattanooga alone.

The team experienced the same dilemma in the pitching circle as it did in 2006 with a limited rotation between senior Ashley Frizzell and freshman Brooke Loudermilk.

Loudermilk had a notable freshman season, but the right hander from Locust Grove, Ga., started and finished the season on a rough note. She threw 289 total strikeouts, good for No. 2 all-time on the single season list, but 43 away from breaking the school record that pitching coach Lacey Swarthout had set in 2004. She broke into nearly all other single season and career records, including a team-high eight shutouts, and was nationally ranked in strikeouts per seven inning game and wins throughout the entire season.

She captured Freshman of the Year and Pitcher of the Year honors, the first time in conference history that one person has done that in the same year, and was also named to the Southern Conference First Team. She received three Pitcher of the Week nods and was named April Pitcher of the Month.

Frizzell was put into a similar situation that she faced in 2005 and 2006 with only two healthy pitchers on the team. She threw 208.1 total innings, fanning 172 batters and earning 12 wins. She earned Second Team honors for her work in the circle and was named Pitcher of the Week once during the season.

Senior Alyssa Edwards led the team at the plate putting up an impressive .357 overall batting average, .491 in conference play. The first baseman from Geneva, N.Y., led the team in RBIs (40), putouts (325) and on-base percentage (.561). Edwards earned her first All-Conference honor after garnering Second Team honors.

In the conference regular season title determining series against College of Charleston, Edwards went 6-for-7, including a pair of solo homers, to boost the Lady Mocs in games one and two. She garnered Player of the Week honors once in the month of April after batting .667 with a walk-off home run.

A fifth year senior who medical redshirted her true freshman season, Edwards eased into the clean-up spot in the batting order in 2007 and came up big in scoring opportunities all season for Chattanooga.

Senior Jeannie Cochran was another spark on both ends of the ball with her .286 batting average and incredible speed, breaking her single season stolen bases record yet again taking 31 of 36 on the season. She also boasted a perfect fielding percentage with 92 putouts and one assist. She picked up her first All-Southern Conference First Team honors. Her career stolen base percentage puts her 21st all-time in the NCAA Records Book.

Sophomore Laci Upchurch had a commendable second season, leading the team in home runs with 13. Her shots out of the park tied for second highest all-time on the single season list. She finished the season with an overall batting average of .246 and a .592 slugging percentage. She earned Second Team honors as designated player.

Freshman Tia Blosser had a solid rookie season, picking up Southern Conference First Team All-Conference honors. The shortstop from Knoxville, Tenn., started the season as a utility player, eventually working her way into the lineup rounding out the top of the batting order. She hit .277 for the season and recorded her first home run in the seventh inning of the last game of the season.

Junior utility player Tara Tembey also received conference honors being named to the Second Team for her versatility in the field after playing shortstop, right field, second base and catcher. Tembey also received one Player of the Week honor during the season.

Chattanooga started off its season against a tough field of competitors at the Cox Communications Classic, hosted by the University of Florida. The Lady Mocs squared off against then ranked No. 19 Florida and No. 24 North Carolina State, along with Marshall and Fordham. The team defeated Marshall in game one before dropping five straight, including the first game of a doubleheader against Lipscomb in the home opener.

The Lady Mocs hosted their two annual tournaments, the Panera Bread Challenge and the Frost Classic, in back-to-back weekends following the Florida trip finishing second in both tournaments. Chattanooga had strong showings, picking up wins over top teams like SEC competitor, Mississippi State.

After a long home stint, the team headed back down to Florida for 12 days for the annual USF adidas and USF Speedline Tournaments. Chattanooga was solid throughout the USF adidas Tournament, taking first in its pool in round robin play before falling to Central Michigan in the first round of bracket competition. Highlights included picking up a win over a ranked team in No. 24 North Carolina State, where Loudermilk threw eight innings, allowing only two hits.

Rain caused scheduling changes at the USF Speedline Tournament, where the Lady Mocs won in seven-run margins over Florida International and George Mason, but fell in identical scores of 7-1 to Bowling Green and Indiana.

After returning home from the sun, it was all business with conference play rapidly approaching. The team started off strong, taking the first conference series over Georgia Southern before going on the road, sweeping and shutting out the UNC Greensboro Spartans.

The bats continued to come alive against conference opponents with Western Carolina being the next victim. Chattanooga eight-run ruled the Catamounts in Cullowhee, N.C., in the final game, capturing that series as well.

But a big test came early in April, as Chattanooga headed down to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face then ranked No. 2 Alabama. The Lady Mocs were able to score seven runs, six in the first game, behind home runs by Upchurch and doubles from Edwards.

Back to conference play, Chattanooga captured conference wins over Appalachian State and Elon in back-to-back weekends before sweeping Furman at home to sit at the top of the conference, one game ahead of the College of Charleston Cougars, with the regular season title on the line in the team’s trip to Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

The two teams had already secured the top two spots, but the weekend series would determine who would be named the 2007 Regular Season Southern Conference Champion. The Lady Mocs took the doubleheader on Saturday of the series behind home runs from Edwards and Upchurch, including her first career grand slam in game two. The wins clinched the regular season title with a two-game lead over the Cougars.

Overall as a team, Chattanooga finished the season fourth in the conference in batting average (.260) but first in ERA (2.47). The team finished the season with 465 hits, 59 doubles, 10 triples and 41 home runs. On defense, the Lady Mocs had 1,392 putouts, 413 assists and a fielding percentage of .966 with only 64 errors.
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