Chattanooga Continues Homestand against WCU

WESTERN CAROLINA (16-26, 3-9 SoCon) at CHATTANOOGA (24-13, 8-2 SoCon)
WHEN:  April 14 - 1 p.m.; April 15 - 2 p.m. | WHERE:  Chattanooga, Tenn. (Frost Stadium)

The career-RBI total for Michelle Fuzzard, who now holds the SoCon all-time record.
RPI rank as the team increased 27 spots last week. GSU is 53.
Lady Mocs team batting average ranks eighth in the country. Team paced the NCAA regular season at .351 in 2011.
Career win total for Lady Mocs head coach Frank Reed
Lady Mocs slugging pct., ranks 10th in the country
Runs per game ranks 10th nationally.
Scouting the Lady Mocs
Chattanooga has registered five wins so far on its 10-game homestand against Marshall (4-1), Elon (14-11, 4-3, 6-2) and Tennessee Tech (8-0, 6) before hosting Western Carolina in a three game series. The Lady Mocs are 24-13 overall and 8-2 in league play and will promote breast cancer awareness during their Saturday doubleheader. Among the wins for Chattanooga are Bethune-Cookman (12-1, 5), Florida A&M (5-3), Florida Atlantic (7-1), East Tennessee State (6-0), Dayton (19-0), Ole Miss (5-3), Coll. of Charleston (11-1 (5), 4-1, 11-2 (5)), Northwestern (6-2), Appalachian State (16-4) and Georgia Southern (9-4). The Lady Mocs have compiled a .334 average with seven starters batting above .300. There are five student-athletes with at least 20 RBI led by senior designated player and pitcher Michelle Fuzzard with 43, who is followed by junior first baseman Kasey Tydingco with 41. The Lady Mocs have power throughout the lineup with seven players connecting on the team's 39 homers, paced by senior catcher Vivian Morimoto with 10 and followed by Tydingco with eight. In the circle, the Lady Mocs rely on two options in freshman Taylor Deason and Fuzzard. Deason has filled in extremely well with a SoCon leading 14-7 mark and 2.22 ERA with 112 strikeouts in 132.2 innings of work. With a 10-6 mark on the season, Fuzzard has compiled a 2.88 ERA in 99.2 innings pitched. Head Coach Frank Reed is in his 11th season guiding the Lady Mocs and is one victory away from his 900th.
Scouting the Catamounts
Western Carolina enters this weekend's SoCon series at 16-26 overall and 3-9 in league play. The Catamounts have already notched three wins in the week splitting at Winthrop 5-6, 4-3) and sweeping a doubleheader against Alabama State (6-3, 13-3). Notable victories for WCU include Furman (5-0, 4-3), Coll. of Charleston (9-1), Ohio (9-6), Southeast Louisiana (5-4), Jacksonville St. (6-4), Rhode Island (5-0), Utah Valley (6-5), Marist (5-4) and East Tenn. St. (11-10, 5-4). Pacing the offense is Erin Foster with a conference-leading 13 home runs and 103 total bases, while hitting at a .366 clip and driving in 40 RBI. The team has a .269 batting average and .405 slugging pct. In the circle, Jordan Garrett and Amber Steinhardt have each posted six victories, while Garrett is the team-leader in innings (134.1) and strikeouts (109). Head Coach Jim Clift is in his first season guiding the Western Carolina softball program.
Series History
Chattanooga has an 17-3 lead in the all-time series against Western Carolina. The Lady Mocs have won the last 16 matchups dating back to 2007. The Catamounts began their program in 2006 and won three of the first two meetings between the school. At Frost Stadium, Chattanooga holds a 7-2 mark. The Lady Mocs have won all three battles in the SoCon Tournament. The Lady Mocs averaged 13 runs in the three-game series last year in Cullowhee, N.C. Covers All Your Softball Needs
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Lady Mocs in the NCAA Rankings   
- Team: Batting (.338, 8th), ERA (2.75, 92nd), Scoring (6.28, 14th), Home Runs (1.16, 15th), 2B (1.72, 7th), Slugging (.548, 9th).
- Sara Poteat: Batting (.450, 11th), SB (0.47, 54th), Runs (1.22, 10th)
- Michelle Fuzzard: Batting (.440, 19th), RBI (1.23, 12th), 2B (0.32, 35th), Slugging (.774, 39th), On-Base (.541, 16th).
- Kasey Tydingco: Batting (.422, 44th), RBI (1.09, 26th), 2B (0.31, 42nd), Slugging (.811, 26th).
- Vivian Morimoto: HR/G (0.31, 31st), HR (9, 25th), RBI (0.88, 88th)
- Taylor Deason: Victories (12, 56th)

hattanooga in the SoCon Rankings    
Batting (.334, 1st), Slugging (.530, 1st), ERA (3.28, 3rd), Fielding (.942, 8th).
- Sara Poteat: Hits (51, 2nd), Runs (42, 1st), SB (15, 1st), On-Base (.500, T-3rd).
- Kasey Tydingco: Hits (38, T-3rd), Runs (25, T-8th), HR (8, 6th), 2B (10, 2nd), 3B (2, T-4th), RBI (41, 2nd), TB (77, 4th), BB (14, T-5th), On-Base (.453, 5th), Slugging (.730, 4th).
- Michelle Fuzzard: Hits (40, 3rd), Runs (27, T-3rd), HR (7, T-6th), 2B (11, 1st), RBI (43, 1st), TB (73, 6th), BB (25, 1st), On-Base (.570, 1st), Slugging (.807, 2nd).
- Vivian Morimoto: HR (10, 2nd), 2B (8, T-7th), RBI (33, T-6th), TB (74, T-5th), BB (14, T-5th), Slugging (.667, 6th).
- Jessica Traxler: Home Runs (6, 10th), Slugging (.598, 8th).
- Cheyenne Willis: Runs (29, 2nd), 3B (3, T-1st).
- Taylor Deason: Wins (14, T-1st), IP (127.1, 2nd), Strikeouts (108, 3rd), APP (28, T-2nd), Saves (2, T-4th), GS (19, T-3rd), Shutout (2, T-4th), CG (17, T-2nd), Opp Batting (.246, 7th).

Fuzzard SoCon Player of the Week - April 13
- Took fourth weekly award this season.
- Senior designated player and pitcher Michelle Fuzzard was walked 10 times and wend 4-for-6 at the plate with a home run and five RBI.
- Elon pitched around the slugger with 10 walks, including once intentionally.
- The Huntington Beach, Calif., native registered two multi-hit games.
- She has eight offensive player of the week awards along with one pitcher of the week honor.

Power Throughout Lineup    
- Team batting average is .334 with eight starters batting above .300.
- Junior second baseman Sara Poteat (.443) and Fuzzard (.467) have surpassed .400.
- Leadoff Poteat paces SoCon runs scored (42).
- No one in the starting lineup has a slugging pct. below .400 with Tydingco (.740) and Fuzzard (.833) leading the way.
- Seven Lady Mocs have connected on the team's 39 home runs.
- Five players have driven in at least 20 runs and scored 20 times.
- Chattanooga tied a team-record with 6 home runs blasted at Appalachian State, the site of the SoCon Tournament.

Fuzzard SoCon Player of the Week - March. 26   
- Took third weekly award this season.
- Fuzzard tallied 9 RBI with 2 home runs, a double and walk in just one game.
- Recorded a 3.333 slugging and 1.000 on-base pct.
- Set Lady Mocs single-game RBI total passing Jada Pescatore, who had seven on March 23, 2002.
- Eclipsed the SoCon career-RBI mark at 191 overcoming Amanda Cone, CofC (2001-04).
- Second career multi-HR game last was vs. Eastern Illinois (2/19/12).
- It is the seventh Player of the Week award for the Huntington Beach, Calif., native.

Fuzzard Moving Up the Charts
- Fuzzard etched herself into the Lady Mocs record book with a two-RBI double, her 178th career RBI, in the series finale against College of Charleston moving past Melissa Ramirez (2002-05) into first on the all-time chart.
- She recorded a nine-RBI performance to takeover the SoCon record at 184 passing Amanda Cone (2001-04), CofC and now has 192 RBI.
- She has 53 career doubles, third all-time, and next up on the list is Allison DeVries (1996-99) with 56 and Melissa Ramirez (2002-05) is atop of it at 63.
- Second on the total bases list at 402 and is approaching the all-time leader Ramirez with 432.
- Second on the total hits chart at 247 with the top spot held by Ramirez with 286.
- She is ninth in runs scored with 124 and needs to reach 132 to pass Dana Reed (1999-02).
- The Huntington Beach, Calif., native is second on the all-time home run list with 34 with the record held by Baker at 50.

Deason Shining as a Freshman
- Freshman pitcher Taylor Deason has now logged 130.2 innings in her first year.
- Mental toughness is one area where Deason has impressed coach Reed.
- The Clarksville, Tenn., native paces the pitching staff with a 14-7 record and 2.25 ERA.
- She has tallied 109 strikeouts in 130.2 innings pitched.
- Deason notched both wins in the Lady Mocs SoCon opener against College of Charleston and another at App. St.
- She registered a 5-3 win at Ole Miss, which included a season- best 11 strikeouts.

Poteat's Speed
- The Thomaston, Ga., native has been a tough out for opponents this season with a .500 on-base pct. and .443 average.
- Poteat leads the SoCon with 42 run scored and 15 stolen bases.
- Poteat has beat-out 28 infield hits on the season.
- She has 19 multi-hit games this season and 43 in her career.
Tydingco as a Clean-up Hitter
- The Fairfield, Calif., native was inserted into the clean-up spot at Ole Miss, batting behind Fuzzard.
- Tydingco has posted a .375 average so far this season with seven home runs and 41 RBI.
- The first baseman has added 10 doubles on the season along with 14 walks.

Five Returners Fuel the Offense
- Senior shortstop Jessica Traxler, senior catcher Vivian Morimoto, Tydingco, Poteat and Fuzzard have all hit over .300 in the first 36 games.
- Morimoto paces the team with 10 home runs.
- All five have posted slugging percentages greater than .500.
- They were key contributors in the Lady Mocs pacing the NCAA in batting average a season ago (.351).

Freshmen Stepping Up
- Freshman third baseman Sarah Beth Roberts has compiled a .306 average in 29 starts, tallying 21 hits including six doubles, a triple and a home run.
- Freshman outfielder Cheyenne Willis has shown power and speed in the two-hole with a .316 average and 23 RBI.
- Willis has connected on three home runs this season including one in the 5-3 win at Ole Miss.
- Freshman outfielder Nicole Osterman might have the most power of the bunch driving a shot deep over the fence in left center against IUPUI and blasting two a App. St.
- Osterman has totaled 21 hits, five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI.

SoCon Pitcher of the Week - March 19   
- Deason was recognized for the second time this season with the first being her college debut on Feb. 13.
- Deason went 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 26.2 IP.
- The Clarksville, Tenn., native notched wins over Northwestern and Canisius.
- Allowed just one run against No. 21 FSU on seven hits.
- Registered seven strikeouts in a complete-game five-inning shutout of Canisius, 8-0.
- Tossed a seven-hit gem against Northwestern with two strikeouts, 4-2.
- Did not allow a hit against Illinois until it scored twice in the sixth and seventh, 4-0. Deason notched five strikeouts.

SoCon February Player of the Month   
- Fuzzard was honored for the third time in her career (2011 - Feb./May).
- She compiled a .536 batting avg. and 1.031 slugging and .660 on-base pct.
- Fuzzard registered 17 RBI and had a 4 RBI game against BCU.
- The Huntington Beach, Calif., native notched seven multi-hit and five multi-RBI games.
- She connected on three home runs along with six RBI, including her second career multi-home run game vs. Eastern Illinois.
- Fuzzard was pitched around on 11 occasions including three times intentionally, while being hit two more times.
- A new career-best was achieved by scoring four runs vs. Dayton.

Fuzzard a Candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award   
- Named one of 30 candidates for the award on Feb. 15.
- The criteria for the award is a combination of the student-athlete’s achievements in community, classroom, character and competition.
- List of candidates that the Lady Mocs play: Natalie Land, IF, UCF; Molly Garst, IF, Purdue; Shayla Jackson, OF, Florida St.; Adrienne Monka, 1B, Northwestern;  and Michelle Moultrie, CF, Florida.
- Classroom: Graduated with 3.24 GPA in criminal justice in Aug. 2011, has 3.33 GPA as grad student and 270 hours interning at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute.
- Character: Overcame torn ACL in 2010 to be named the 2011 SoCon Player of the Year, works on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Gender Equity Committee of the University
- Community: youth ball coach mentoring younger players and assisted in setting up meetings with Friends of Jacklyn Teammate, Amanda Swartout.
- Competition: 2008 SoCon Freshman of Year, three-time SoCon First Team, 2009 SoCon second team (only player in league history to make first and second team at different positions), 2011 SoCon Player of the Year. Four SoCon Regular Season Titles, Three SoCon Tournament Championships and Three NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional appearances.

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