The Chattanooga Lady Mocs softball team won't have far to travel on their trip to the NCAA Tournament. They will face Georgia in the Athens Regional on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30pm.
The Lady Bulldogs are the overall fourth seed in the tournament, coming off of an SEC Tournament title run.
For UTC, it's their first trip to an Athens regional since the 03-04 season. The Lady Mocs were swept out of the regional that year, losing to Washington 4-1 and Texas A&M 6-0. North Carolina State and UAB round out the bracket, with the Mocs either facing the winner of loser of that game depending on how they fare on Friday.
But the Mocs are confident they can perform well against heavy odds in Athens
"We've got good pitching. A little concerned, obviously about offense. We are going to have to put the ball in play. We'll change some things up. I think our pitching and defense will hold steady, and then we will put some runs on the board and who knows?" Lady Mocs head coach Frank Reed said shortly after his team's destination was announced.
"I think it is going to mostly be mental preparation from here. I think we are physically ready. I think now we just have got to get our mind right, and have a good attitude, and go down there and dominate," added UTC pitcher Katie Henderson.
UTC is 6-16 all-time in NCAA Regionals, advancing to the title game of the Tallahassee regional in 2002 before losing to Florida State. The Lady Mocs returned to the Tuscaloosa regional final in 2011, but lost to host Alabama.
Chattanooga is 1-4 all-time against UGA, their lone win a 5-4 victory at Frost Stadium in 1999. NCAA TOURNAMENT INFO NCAA Tournament Bracket