CHATTANOOGA, TN (gomocs.com) -- The Chattanooga Mocs softball team opens the fall season Saturday at 11 a.m. (E.D.T.) against Cleveland in a 10-inning scrimmage at Frost Stadium.
"Saturday's game gives us an opportunity to really see where we are," head coach Frank Reed stated. "It's also our first week of team practice, so we're jumping right into game-play."
Chattanooga has started off the semester with individual practices and strength and conditioning sessions. The Mocs first team practice was Monday.
"I already see improvement in the weight room with strength and conditioning," Reed explained. "It's exciting to have them out on the field for team practice and see where we are."
UTC is coming off a 35-15 record in the spring after winning the 2015 Southern Conference Tournament and regular season. It was the second consecutive tournament title for the Mocs and first time since 2011 that Chattanooga clinched both the regular season title and tournament title.
The Mocs boast 11 returning student-athletes, five are seniors, including Sam Taylor (Ringgold, Ga.),Amanda Ross (Torrance, Calif.), Alyssa Taylor (Orange, Calif.), Anyssa Robles (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Criket Blanco (Maryville, Tenn.).
The Saturday game is the first opportunity to see freshmen Alyssa Coppinger (Whitwell, Tenn.), Halie Williamson (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.), Katie Courm (Knoxville, Tenn.), Emma Sturdivant (Orange, Calif.) and Jordan Fortel (Greeneville, Tenn.) Additionally, it is the first chance to see Chattanooga State transfer Katy Richardson compete as a Moc.
"We'll see where our upperclassmen are and how much they've developed over the summer," Reed said. "And we'll also see how the new players are going to fit in. The game is more of a learning situation for staff and players."
Chattanooga is set to play seven other scrimmages to make up the fall season, including four at the annual RBI Club Fall Classic Oct. 2-3.
"Hopefully over the next month we'll start to know where we're going in January," Reed stated.
UTC is set to play Roane Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. and Lincoln Memorial Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. in Frost Stadium.