Lady Mocs headed to Tuscaloosa Regional to face No. 3 Alabama in NCAA Tournament
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Hurndon
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The Chattanooga Lady Mocs (41-20) return to the NCAA Tournament field in 2008 and will head to the Tuscaloosa Regional along with No. 3 Alabama (51-6), Florida State (37-26) and Jacksonville State (38-14) for games from May 15-17 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

A part of the NCAA field of 64 for the first time since 2004, Chattanooga is making its sixth appearance all-time and holds a 4-10 record in NCAA Tournament competition. UTC made five consecutive trips to the tournament from 2000-2004 and came within one victory in 2002 of advancing to the Super Regionals when they took two games from Florida Atlantic, 3-0 and 6-1, and dropped narrow decisions to Georgia Tech, 3-1, and Florida State, 1-0 in eight innings.

 

Chattanooga’s other two NCAA Tournament victories came in the program’s first two trips when the Lady Mocs defeated Army 6-4 in nine innings in 2000 and Illinois-Chicago 5-2 a year later. UTC has currently lost its last four NCAA Tournament games, falling to Stanford 2-0 and Massachusetts 3-0 in 2003 and 4-1 to Washington and 6-0 to Texas A&M in 2004.

 

This is the third time that UTC has been sent to the Tuscaloosa Regional. Previously they had played there in 2001, notching the win over UIC, and again in 2003.

 

Team Capsules

Chattanooga Lady Mocs

2008 Record: 41-20, 13-5

Path to Tournament: Automatic Bid

NCAA Appearance: 6 (2000-04, 2008)

Conference: Southern Conference

Regular Season and Tournament Champions

 

No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide

2008 Record: 51-6, 25-3

Path to Tournament: At-Large Bid

NCAA Appearance: 10 (1999-2008)

Conference: Southeastern Conference

Western Division Champion

 

Florida State University

2008 Record: 37-26, 12-9

Path to Tournament: At-Large Bid

NCAA Appearance: 21 (1986-1996, 1998, 2000-08)

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

 

Jacksonville State Gamecocks

2008 Record: 38-14, 22-4

Path to Tournament: Automatic Bid

NCAA Appearance: Unavailable

Conference: Ohio Valley Conference

Regular Season and Tournament Champion

 

All-Time Series vs. Tuscaloosa Regional Field

Alabama                     -     2-6

Florida State              -     0-7

Jacksonville State     -     24-13

 

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