CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami University softball team is in Chattanooga, Tenn. for the annual Frost Classic. The large tournament will see 12 teams play games at four different fields Friday through Sunday. The RedHawks will have five games at the event. On Friday, Miami takes on Eastern Kentucky at 11 a.m. and Boston College at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the RedHawks will face Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m. and host Chattanooga at 1:15 p.m. Miami will conclude the Frost Classic on Sunday with a game against Lipscomb at 10 a.m.
BATS CAME ALIVE: The RedHawks scored 26 runs in five games against good pitching last weekend at the Georgia Tech Classic. Kayla Ledbetter and Shanyn McIntyre each had two home runs during the tournament. Ledbetter earned MAC East Division Player of the Week honors after batting .500 with seven RBI and drawing an incredible 10 walks in the five games.
ABOUT EASTERN KENTUCKY: The Colonels are 3-1 on the season. They earned that record last weekend at the Kennesaw State Classic. After falling to UAB in their season opener, EKU defeated Liberty, Ball State and Mercer to finish the tournament. Eastern Kentucky is coming off a 27-30 season where it finished 16-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference. It's top returning hitter is senior second baseman Raquel Howes. She hit .371 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI last season. The Colonels top returning pitcher is sophomore Leanna Pittsenbarger. In 2012 she went 15-16 with a 2.79 ERA in 43 appearances (32 starts).
SERIES WITH COLONELS: Miami holds a 10-4 lead in the all-time series with Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels won the teams' last meeting on Apr. 17, 2012 in Oxford, 2-1 in 10 innings. Miami managed 11 hits in the game, but was only able to squeeze across a fifth-inning run.
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE: This is the opening weekend for Boston College. Last season, the Eagles were 23-29 overall and 3-18 in the ACC. Their top returning hitter and pitcher is senior Nicole D'Argento. Last season she hit .338 with nine home runs and 31 RBI. In the circle she was 10-13 with a 3.77 ERA in 37 appearances (18 starts).
SERIES WITH EAGLES: Boston College earned a 3-1 decision on March 2, 2012 in Clearwater, Fla. in the only meeting between the two schools.
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles are 4-4 on the season. At the Kennesaw State Classic last weekend, they defeated Liberty and Mercer before falling to Ball State and host Kennesaw State. Tennessee Tech is led offensively by senior infielder Melody Christian. She is hitting .444 with two RBI in her first eight games. The Golden Eagles' top pitcher is sophomore Taylor Ketchum. She is 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA in five appearances (three starts).
SERIES WITH GOLDEN EAGLES: Miami holds a 6-2 record all-time against Tennessee Tech. The teams last met in the Frost Classic on Feb. 26, 2010. The Golden Eagles came away with a 5-4 win in that game.
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA: The Mocs are 4-5 on the season. They went 3-1 at the Auburn Invitational last weekend, falling to Kansas, but rebounding to defeat Indiana State, Tennessee State and Auburn. Chattanooga has been led offensively by senior first baseman Kasey Tydingco. She is hitting .481 with six RBI on the season. Its top pitcher has been freshman Kaisey Carson. She is 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in five appearances (three starts).
SERIES WITH CHATTANOOGA: Chattanooga has won all six previous meetings with Miami. The Mocs took a 6-1 victory in their last meeting on Feb. 28, 2010 at the Frost Classic.
ABOUT LIPSCOMB: The Bison are 3-5 on the season. Last weekend they dropped all three games at the Bulldog Battle, losing to Northwestern State, Western Kentucky and host Mississippi State. Lipscomb has been led offensively by junior catcher Haley Elliott. She is hitting .313 with two home runs and three RBI. Its top pitcher is freshman Tanner Sanders. She is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five appearances (five starts).
SERIES WITH BISON: This is the first meeting between Miami and Lipscomb.
UP NEXT FOR MIAMI: The RedHawks take next week off before traveling to Louisville for the Red and Black Tournament, March 8-10. On Friday, March 8, Miami will take on Austin Peay at 11 a.m., followed by 14th-ranked Michigan at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, March 9, the RedHawks will face the host, 17th-ranked Louisville, at 2:30 p.m. Miami will conclude the event on Sunday, March 10 with a rematch against Austin Peay at 10 a.m., followed by a game against Illinois State at 12:30 p.m.