CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team was selected to be a No. 2 seed, the highest in program history, at the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional with Alabama earning the No. 2 overall seed. The Lady Mocs gathered at Taco Mac for the selection show on Sunday night, but it was no surprise to be sent to Alabama, which was the last regional announced.
"We are excited and have played at Alabama a lot over the past five years," said head coach Frank Reed. "We are familiar with the stadium there. This is the highest seed in program history and the team is well deserving of that. We are going to play another Tennessee team in Memphis, who had a great season."
The Lady Mocs open the regional on Friday at 4:30 p.m. against No. 3 Memphis (35-12), while No. 1 Alabama (46-8) and No. 4 Jackson State (24-19) follow at 7 p.m. Further information on a full bracket for the Tuscaloosa Regional will be available on GoMocs.com on Monday.
"We are a very well deserving for a two seed," said senior outfielder Lyndsey Stiles (Hixson, Tenn.). "I was just hoping to go somewhere other than Tuscaloosa. The reasoning is to have an opportunity to play somewhere else, but we know that field. We have played there and I think that is an advantage for us."
This is the fifth time in eight NCAA Tournament appearances
that the Lady Mocs are headed to Tuscaloosa, Ala. Six of current players - Tiffany Baker, Lauren Flores, Michelle Fuzzard, Kandice Irwin, Della Harrison and Lyndsey Stiles - will be taking the field in their third regional at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Chattanooga captured the Southern Conference Tournament title on Saturday with an 11-2 victory after five innings against College of Charleston at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga. The Lady Mocs have earned the league's automatic bid for the eighth time in 12 years.
The NCAA tournament is a 64-team event broken up into 16 regions of four. The selection committee tries to keep teams within their respective region. The winner of each double-elimination region advances to the Super Regionals, a best-of-three series against another opponent, for the right to advance to the Women's College World Series.
The Lady Mocs have been sent to Tuscaloosa, Ala. four times in 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2009. Other destinations for Chattanooga have been Seattle (2000), Tallahassee (2002) and Athens (2004). The Lady Mocs advanced to within one victory in 2002 from going to the Women's College World Sereis after beating No. 1-seeded Florida Atlantic twice.
Tickets to the regional can be purchased through the host school, Alabama, with more information to come on Monday on GoMocs.com, the official website Chattanooga Athletics.
2011 Tuscaloosa Regional
Game 1: No. 2 Chattanooga vs. No. 3 Memphis - 4:30 p.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Jackson State - 7 p.m.
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner - 2 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser - 4:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner - 7 p.m.
Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner - 2 p.m.
If Neccessary - 4:30 p.m.
All Times are Eastern.