UTC Softball Welcomes Fans Back to Frost, Hosts UNCG in SoCon Series

Friday, April 16, 2021
The Chattanooga Mocs softball team welcomes fans back to Frost Stadium for the first time this season as they host Southern Conference preseason favorite UNCG for an important three-game series this Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. All three games will be carried LIVE on ESPN+.

Saturday's doubleheader is set for a 1 p.m. ET start while Sunday's series finale will commence at 2 p.m.
ET. Tickets for all three games are still available and can be purchased 
HERE, or by calling the ticket office at (423) 266-MOCS before business hours close at 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

Chattanooga (9-18, 5-3 SoCon) is coming off a 1-2 weekend at SoCon-foe Mercer, where the team saw its four-game win streak halted during Sunday's doubleheader. UTC currently sits two games back of Western Carolina, who sits atop the league standings at 7-1.

UNCG (18-14, 3-3 SoCon) looks to rebound after dropping seven of its last nine games, including falling twice in a SoCon road series at Furman back on April 2-3. The Spartans carry one of the most potent offensive attacks in the nation, ranking seventh in homeruns per game with a 1.72 average. UNCG was tabbed the league favorite in a preseason vote casted by league coaches.

Full series preview including game coverage information, notes, stadium guidelines and more are below.

SCHEDULE | TICKETS
Saturday, April 17
vs. UNCG – 1:00 p.m. ET (STATS) (ESPN+)
vs. UNCG – 3:30 p.m. ET (STATS) (ESPN+)
 
Sunday, April 18
vs. UNCG – 2:00 p.m. ET (STATS) (ESPN+)

FAN/STADIUM GUIDELINES & PROTOCOLS 
· All players, coaches, staff and guests attending the games MUST adhere to mask mandates and social distancing guidelines. Anyone violating these game day protocols may be asked to leave Frost Stadium and risk losing ticket privileges for subsequent games.

· Fans may park in the parking lots beside the stadium and enter through the main gate at the front of Frost Stadium. Masks must be worn at all times. Water fountains will not be operable. Additionally, there are NO PETS ALLOWED. Concessions will be CLOSED.

· The first three rows behind the backstop will be CLOSED to participant guest seating. Every other row in the stands will be closed off. 
 
CHATTANOOGA NOTES | FULL
MOCS DROP SOCON SERIES AT MERCER
· Chattanooga extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with a 2-1 victory over Mercer in the opening game of the three-game series last Saturday. After rain made for a Sunday doubleheader, UTC suffered a sweep in the final two games, 4-1 and 8-2, to drop its first SoCon series of the season. The Mocs moved to 9-18 overall & 5-3 in the league.
 
ABOUT THE UNCG SPARTANS
· Picked as the league favorite in the preseason coaches poll, UNCG carries an 18-14 overall record and a 3-3 mark in SoCon play this season. The Spartans won two of three against ETSU to open SoCon play before falling twice in a three-game set at Furman. UNCG dropped two of three to Longwood last weekend and suffered an 11-4 defeat to Charlotte on Wednesday in non-conference action. UNCG has lost seven of its last nine.
 
THERE'S A SITUATION
· The offense for Chattanooga struggled in situational hitting during last weekend's series at Mercer. Stranding 26 runners in the series, UTC went a combined 1-for-25 (.040) with runners in scoring position and 5-for-38 (.132) with runners on base over the weekend. In addition, Chattanooga went just 2-for-24 (.083) at the plate with two outs.
 
MORENO VALLEY MILESTONE
· Fifth-year senior Hayleigh Weissenbach (Moreno Valley, Calif.) is set to appear in her 200th career game during the series opener on Saturday while making her 191st start. Weissenbach leads the team this season in nearly every offensive category including batting average (.333), runs (13), hits (24), doubles (5), RBI (14), slugging percentage (.542) and total bases (39). She ranks 2nd among active career leaders in the SoCon with 164 hits.

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