Lady Mocs Set to Face Longhorns in Tuscalossa Regional
Courtesy: Jeff Hurndon

Fresh off winning the 2009 Southern Conference Tournament championship, the Chattanooga softball team will now head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the NCAA Regionals. The Lady Mocs (30-22) will face Texas in the first game of the Tuscaloosa Regional, which begins on Friday, May 15.

The Lady Mocs swept through the Southern Conference tournament, winning four games in three games. The title gives the program its 10th SoCon Tournament Title and seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament.

This will mark the seventh time in UTC softball history the team will advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Mocs have amassed a 4-12 record in previous years in a regional. The program made its NCAA debut during the 2000 season when the team finished 47-27.

That same season the Lady Mocs captured their first regional victory with a 6-4 win over Army in nine innings. This will be the fourth time the Lady Mocs have gone to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to play in a regional.

This will be the second time Chattanooga and Texas have faced off in either team’s history. The one and only meeting between the two schools was during the 1999 season when the Longhorns bested the Lady Mocs 6-0 at the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla. This season Texas has amassed a 38-18 record out of the Big XII Conference.

The Lady Mocs and Crimson Tide have played nine times with Alabama holding a 7-2 record. The last time these two teams met was last season at the Tuscaloosa Regional in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Bama beat the Lady Mocs 8-0 in six innings. In the 16 seasons of Lady Mocs softball, Chattanooga has never faced off against Mississippi Valley State in softball. All-time though, UTC holds a 9-0 mark against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Weekend Schedule
Friday, May 15
Game 1: Texas vs. Chattanooga, 4:30 p.m.
Game 2: Alabama vs. Mississippi Valley State, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 16
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2:30 p.m.
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 5 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 17
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5, 2:30 p.m.
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, 5 p.m.

-All Times Eastern

Live stas and streaming video will be available through GoMocs.com. Tickets are still available through Alabama's website, RollTide.com.

Lady Mocs’ Notes

    Senior third baseman Toni Hutchison is jettisoning up the all-time UTC home run list with six in 2009. The Madison, Tenn., native started the season with 15 round-trippers and is now tied in sixth place with 21. Hutchison is now only four dingers away from tying the program record of 25, set by Melissa Ramirez.

UTC Career Home Run List
1.    25 - Melissa Ramirez      2002-05
2.    24 - Laci Upchurch    2006-Present
    24 - Allison DeVries      1996-99
4.    23 - Tara Tembey    2005-08
5.    22 - Jessica Brown      1995-97
6.    21 - Ashleigh Bull      2005-06
    21 - Toni Hutchison     2006-Present

    Lady Mocs pitcher Kaity Holloway has begun to find a knack for closing out games this season. Already in 2009 the sophomore has finished off an opponent twice for two saves. Holloway now has four saves in her brief career, which ties her for eighth on UTC’s all-time list. Brooke Loudermilk broke the program record with her save on Apr. 4 against Western Carolina. She now sits alone with nine saves.

UTC Career Save List
1.    9 - Brooke Loudermilk    2007-Present
2.    8 - Talya Trudell     1998-01
    8 - Amy Robertson      1996-98
4.    7 - Lacey Swarthout      2004-05
5.    6 - Beth Alexander      1999-02
6.    5 - Awbrey Winckler      2000-03
7.    4 - Corianne Rogalsky      1999
    4 - Kaity Holloway    2008-Present
9.    3 - Ashley Frizzell      2005-07

    Throughout her outstanding four-year career, senior third baseman Toni Hutchison has been a marvel with the glove. During the Southern Conference Tournament, the Madison, Tenn. native surpassed Leah Tucker as the program’s all-time leader in assists. With her five assists on May 8 against Samford, Hutchison passed the previous mark of 508, set by Tucker from 1998-01. Entering the regionals, Hutchison now has 512 assists for her career.

UTC Career Assist List
1.    512 - Toni Hutchison    2006-Present
2.    508 - Leah Tucker    1998-01
3.    455 - Melissa Ramirez     2002-05

    Tiffany Baker and Michelle Fuzzard have been just what the doctor ordered for an offense lacking some of last season’s fire power. Entering the regional the two are hitting a combined .359 with 19 home runs and 80 runs batted in. The two are providing 58 percent of the team’s home runs and 41 percent of the Lady Mocs’ runs batted in.

    In only her second season at UTC, sophomore Tiffany Baker is quickly making a name for herself as one of the top hitters in the conference. This season the second baseman is hitting a team-high .368 with 12 home runs and 41 runs batted in. As only a sophomore, Baker is already seeing her name climb up the program’s all-time home run list. With her 12 round-trippers this season, she is now tied for fifth all-time. For her career, the sophomore has 18, tying her for eighth.

UTC Season Home Run List
1.    14 - Angela Brewer    2001
2.    13 - Katie Blevins    2008
    13 - Laci Upchurch     2007
    13 - Jaci Welsh     2001
5.    12 - Ashleigh Bull     2006
    12 - Melissa Ramirez     2003
    12 - Tiffany Baker    2009

UTC Career Home Run List
1.    25 - Melissa Ramirez    2002-05
2.    24 - Laci Upchurch    2006-Present
    24 - Allison DeVries     1996-99
4.    23 - Tara Tembey     2005-08
5.    22 - Jessica Brown     1995-97
6.    21 - Ashleigh Bull     2005-06
    21 - Toni Hutchison     2006-Present
8.    18 - Angela Brewer    2000-01
    18 - Tiffany Baker    2008-Present

    Lyndsey Stiles and Kaiti Kelley are causing several problems for the opposition at the top of the UTC lineup. The two slappers, who hit 1-2 in the order, are hitting .319 with 55 runs scored. The duo also accounts for 24 of the team’s 31 stolen bases.

    Not only has Michelle Fuzzard been fantastic with the bat and in the circle, she is also doing it in the field. In 286 total chances, the sophomore has made only one miscue in the field for a .997 fielding percentage.

    Before her junior season even begins, Brooke Loudermilk has already etched her name into several places of the program’s career record books. With just two seasons under her belt Loudermilk is currently in the top-10 in several categories, including: earned run average (2.10), opponent batting average (.194), strikeouts per seven innings (8.80), and wins (40). She has also climbed up the all-time strikeout list with 104 in 2009. She now sits alone in second place with 636 punchouts for her career. She is now only 150 from breaking Beth Alexander’s record of 785. Kandice Irwin is also rising up the strikeout chart, moving up to eighth with 201 K’s after beginning the season in 10th.

UTC Career Strikeout List
1.    785 - Beth Alexander    1999-02
2.    636 - Brooke Loudermilk    2007-Present
3.    613 - Lacey Swarthout     2004-05
4.    541 - Awbrey Winckler     2000-03
5.    498 - Ashley Frizzell    2005-07
6.    424 - Talya Trudell     1998-01
7.    287 - April Miller     1994-96
8.    201 - Kandice Irwin    2008-Present



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