Spartans host Chattanooga to wrap up regular season
UNCG (21-29, 10-10 SoCon) vs. Chattanooga (34-14, 17-2 SoCon), May 5-6, UNCG Softball Stadium
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• UNCG will wrap up the regular season this weekend when it hosts Chattanooga for a three-game Southern Conference series at the UNCG Softball Stadium in a matchup of two of the top four teams in the league. The Spartans will honor seniors Katelyn Dodson, Alex Emeterio and Cory Mattson prior to Sunday's contest.
• The Spartans, who enter the weekend fourth in the SoCon standings, can be anywhere from the third to fifth seed in upcoming SoCon Championship in Boone, N.C. The only team that can catch the Spartans in the standings is Elon, but one UNCG win or one Elon loss will lock the Spartans into at least the fourth seed. The only way UNCG can fall to fifth is if Chattanooga sweeps the Spartans and Elon sweeps College of Charleston this weekend. UNCG could finish third with a sweep of Chattanooga and an Elon sweep of CofC. The Lady Mocs, who come into the weekend in second place in the standings, are trying to catch first-place Georgia Southern.
• UNCG picked up a three-game sweep of Western Carolina last weekend, winning both games of Saturday's doubleheader in walk-off fashion. Katelyn Bedwell hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the 8-7 win in game one, while Eileen Horsmon hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the 6-5 win in game two. UNCG completed the sweep with a 4-2 win Sunday.
• Heather Robb hit .750 on the weekend, going 6-for-8 with two homers and five runs scored. The junior from Apex, N.C., slugged 1.625 in the sweep and earned Southern Conference Player of the Week honors.
• UNCG is 10-43 against Chattanooga all-time. The Lady Mocs took all four meetings between the squads last year, sweeping a three-game set in Chattanooga, Tenn., and winning in the SoCon tournament in Statesboro, Ga. UNCG won the two games prior to that, taking a Senior Day win in Greensboro in 2010 and knocking off the top-seeded Lady Mocs in the tournament in Chattanooga.
• Emeterio is in the top 10 in school history in career batting average, hits, doubles, triples, runs, RBI and walks and is on the verge of becoming UNCG's all-time hits leader. With 225 to her credit, she is just two back of school-record holders Karyn Thompson (1993-96) and Jennifer Bonilla (2004-07).
• Mattson is seventh in school history in wins (40) and sixth in strikeouts (387). She is also third in saves with five and is in the top 10 in school history in starts, appearances and innings pitched.
• Dodson has served as a manager at UNCG this season after a two-year playing career at Ohio Wesleyan.
• Emeterio leads the Spartans with a .343 average and a .418 on-base percentage and has struck out just six times in 155 plate appearances, making her the 31st-toughest player to strike out nationally. Horsmon is second on the squad with a .313 average and has 10 home runs and 46 RBI, more than double her previous career high of 21. Bedwell is hitting .306 and hit her team-best 11th homer of the season for the walk-off win over Western. Horsmon, who also leads UNCG with nine doubles and two triples, has a team-best .605 slugging percentage. Bedwell and Horsmon have five sacrifice flies each, tying them for second nationally in that category.
• UNCG has hit 36 home runs in 50 games this season, good for fourth-most in school history with at least five games left on the schedule. Bedwell and Horsmon have combined for 21 of them, while Robb has eight, Emeterio has four and Tatiana Alcala, Dominique Madruga and Toni MacReynolds have one each. The Spartans' home run totals have soared under coach Jennifer Herzig, as seven of the top 10 home run totals in school history have come during Herzig's tenure (2006-present).
• Mattson leads UNCG with a 3.76 ERA and is 13-14 on the season for her third straight season with at least 10 wins. She needs just one more to match the career high she set last season. Freshman Erica Navarette owns a 4.38 ERA and is 6-12 with four saves, good for 13th nationally. Sophomore Josie Felix is 2-3 with a 7.10 ERA.
• Chattanooga is 34-14 overall and 17-2 in league play with its only SoCon losses coming to first-place Georgia Southern. The Lady Mocs have won six straight, sweeping Samford and Furman over the last two weekends.
• The hot-hitting Lady Mocs lead the nation with a .351 team batting average and are fourth nationally with a .560 slugging percentage. Chattanooga is also first in the nation in doubles with 1.94 per game. Sara Poteat and her .448 batting average are eighth nationally, while Michelle Fuzzard (.443) is also above Chattanooga's school record of .441 set in 1999. Fuzzard is the SoCon's all-time RBI leader with 213 in her career.
• Chattanooga leads the SoCon in virtually every offensive category. The Lady Mocs' 54 team home runs are 15 more than second-place Western Carolina has, while their 304 RBI are nearly 100 more than second-place WCU's 213.
• The Lady Mocs' pitching staff is no slouch, either. Freshman Taylor Deason (20-7) leads the SoCon in wins, is third in the league in strikeouts (147) and boasts a 2.30 ERA. Fuzzard is 14-7 and has a 3.40 ERA. The two-pitcher staff has a cumulative 2.78 ERA, good for third in the SoCon.
• Poteat was named to the Capital One Academic All-District III First Team on Tuesday. She has a 3.34 grade point average and is majoring in exercise science.
• Fuzzard has been named the SoCon Player of the Week four times on the season and was the league's player of the month for February. Jessica Traxler was the player of the week on April 23.
• Deason has been named the SoCon Pitcher of the Week twice this season was recently named the league's pitcher of the month for April.
Saturday, May 5
Chattanooga at UNCG (DH), 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 6
Chattanooga at UNCG, 1 p.m.
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