Lady Mocs Welcome Georgia Southern for Pivotal Set
Courtesy: Jeff Hurndon
With an opportunity to claim its third straight Southern Conference regular-season championship, the Chattanooga softball team will host bitter rival Georgia Southern in a three-game series beginning Saturday. Entering the weekend the Lady Mocs (23-19/12-2 SoCon) need only two wins from claiming their 11th SoCon title, but will have to do it against the second place Eagles (22-19/11-7 SoCon).

Saturday’s doubleheader will be the first game in 10 days for UTC, who has not stepped on the diamond since splitting a doubleheader with UAB on Apr. 16.

Leading the Lady Mocs into the weekend will be Tiffany Baker with her team-leading .370 batting average. The sophomore also leads the team in home runs (10) and RBI (32). Dual-threat Michelle Fuzzard will also be a focal point for UTC as the sophomore continues to impress from both the plate and circle. Fuzzard is currently second on the team with a .328 batting average and 28 RBI. She also leads the team with eight wins and 99 strikeouts.

Lady Mocs/Eagles History

Series Record: UTC leads 42-17 (.712)
At Chattanooga: UTC leads 22-5 (.815)
At Georgia Southern: UTC leads 18-9 (.667)
At Neutral Sites: UTC leads 3-2 (.600)
Current Streak: UTC – W2
First Meeting: 2-26-94 (L, 8-2 @ Georgia Southern)
Last Meeting: 5-10-08 (W, 10-1 (5) @ Southern Conference Tournament)

Scouting Georgia Southern
The Eagles come to the Scenic City winners of their last three SoCon series. GSU has put a potent offense on the field this season as the Eagles are hitting a conference-leading .298. Georgia Southern also leads the league in home runs with 31. Leading the team is Robyne Siliga with a .389 batting average, which paces the conference. In the circle, Brianna Streetmon is the SoCon’s leader in ERA (2.28) and wins (13).

Previous Meeting

A pair of home runs from senior shortstop Tara Tembey and a nine run fifth inning propelled No. 1 Chattanooga (41-20) to a 10-1 victory over No. 2 Georgia Southern (37-30) in the deciding game of the 2008 Southern Conference Championship on May 10, 2009 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

First pitch for Saturday’s twin bill is set for 1 p.m. from Jim Frost Stadium. On Sunday, the Lady Mocs will celebrate the career their lone senior, Toni Hutchison, at Senior Day. Live stats and streaming video will for the entire series be available through GoMocs.com.


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