‘Army Tough’ Celie Hudson Bolsters Mocs Pitching Depth Heading Into NCAA Regional


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) After suffering through a losing record the last two years, the Mocs softball team found their pitching groove this season. As a result, they won the SoCon Tournament title and punched their ticket to the NCAA Regional.

Two years ago, the Mocs finished 15-38 as Celie Hudson was basically the only pitcher on the team.
Said head coach Frank Reed:”I don’t even want to think about going back there.”
Said Hudson:”We went to ETSU that season, and we had 17 hits, and they still beat us. It was like 19-10. They run-ruled us actually.”
Hudson persevered though, and this season, she was voted the SoCon pitcher of the year.
Said Reed:”I call her ‘Army Tough’. She was supposed to have gone to Army to play softball. Decided at the last minute to come here and play for us. And I said just be ‘Army Tough’. Go out there and do it, and she’s got that Bulldog mentality, so she did it.”
The Mocs had a team ERA of 2.16, which was a full run lower than anyone else in the SoCon.
Said pitcher Allison Swinford:”I mean it showed in the Southern Conference that we had the best depth on the field. I think that was one of our greatest advantages over UNCG.”
Said Hudson:”We also got a new pitching coach, Megan Betsa. She was a game changer.”
And the change-up pitch has been a real game changer for UTC as well.
Said catcher Amanda Beltran:”It is pretty tricky sometimes. Sometimes umpires will be like, whoa. And I’m like yeah.” (chuckles)
Said first baseman Emma Sturdivant:”All of our pitchers actually. Mariah, Ally, Celie. They all have a great change-up. I’ve definitely seen them make some people look a little silly up there.”
Said Swinford:”I don’t want to say I love watching people look silly, but I love watching people look silly.” (laughs)
Coach Reed feels great about the pitching he’s taking into the NCAA Regional.
Said Reed:”We are not afraid to go anywhere we need to go with those three that we are going to be taking to the tournament.”

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UTC will face Ole Miss on Friday at 7pm in Oxford, Mississippi in the NCAA Regional