The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball is heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the second straight season to participate in the NCAA Softball Regionals. The Lady Mocs will face Texas on Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET. This will be the second time in program history UTC has faced off the Longhorns. During the 1999 season Texas bested Chattanooga 6-0 at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla.
Chattanooga is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southern Conference Championship last weekend. The Lady Mocs are 30-22 on the year and won the SoCon regular season title with a 15-5 mark in league play.
UTC is led by All-Southern Conference performers Tiffany Baker and Michelle Fuzzard at the plate. The two are hitting .368 and .350 respectively with 19 homeruns combined. In the circle, Kandice Irwin leads the team with 10 wins, while Brooke Loudermilk has a team-leading 2.01 ERA.
Head coach Frank Reed is making his fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in eight seasons as the head coach of the Lady Mocs. He won his second straight, and third overall, SoCon Coach of the Year award following the 2009 season.
This season the Longhorns are 38-18 and come out of the Big XII Conference. Leading Texas is Courtney Craig with a .420 batting average and Loryn Johnson and her 49 runs batted in. In the circle Brittany Barnhill gets the majority of the team’s starts. This season she has compiled a 24-13 record.
The other two teams in the Tuscaloosa Regional are Alabama and Mississippi Valley State. The Crimson tide is the host school and the No. 4 national seed.
Check back to GoMocs.com for a full release and preview of the Lady Mocs trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Here is a schedule for the Tuscaloosa Regional:
Friday, May 15
Texas vs. Chattanooga, 3:30 p.m. (Game 1)
Alabama vs. Mississippi Valley State, 6:00 p.m. (Game 2)
Saturday, May 16
Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 1:30 p.m. (Game 3)
Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 4 p.m. (Game 4)
Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6:30 p.m. (Game 5)
Sunday, May 17
Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 1:30 (Game 6)
(if necessary) Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 4:00 p.m. (Game 7)
NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional Ticket Information
General Admission, Hillside Seating - $12
Reserved Seating - Adult - $30
Reserved Seating - Youth - $20
Single Day Pass- Sold Only on Game Day - All General Admission, Hillside Seating
Student GA-Hillside Single Day Pass - $3.00
Youth GA-Hillside Single Day Pass - $6.00 Adult
GA-Hillside Single Day Pass - $10.00