After going 3-1 in the circle last week with a 0.00 earned run average,

which included shutouts of Chattanooga and No. 9 South Carolina, junior

hurler Jackie Beavers was selected as SEC's pitcher of the week by the

conference office.

The Warren, Ohio, native also captured both ends of Saturday's doubleheader

as the Lady Vols swept the Gamecocks for the first time ever.

Last Wednesday night, Beavers tossed a three-hitter and helped the Lady

Vols halt cross-state rival Chattanooga's nine-game winning streak with a

3-0 blanking of the Mocs. In the first contest of the four-game set against

South Carolina, the righty allowed four hits and a pair of unearned runs as

UT was edged, 2-1.

Saturday proved to be one of the most important days in UT's four-year

history, as Jim Beitia's squad handed the Gamecocks two defeats in on their

home field.

Beavers recorded her fourth shutout of the campaign during the Lady Vols'

8-0, five-inning win. She gave up just five hits.

She then relieved Sarah Ayres in the second contest. The junior came on

with UT trailing, 1-0, in the fifth inning. USC had runners on second and

third with only one out. From that point on, though, Beavers registered 2

1/3 scoreless innings to pick up a much-needed triumph for her club as

Tennessee won, 4-1.

On the season, Beavers is 11-7 with a team-best 1.69 ERA with 47

strikeouts. What is even more remarkable is that Beavers endured a medical

redshirt last season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in early

February at the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe, La.

The Lady Vols (25-17) met Virginia Tech (37-12) yesterday in the third

annual State Line Classic (results were not available at press time).

Tennessee will next host Western Division rivals Ole Miss (23-22, 5-11 SEC)

and Mississippi State (24-18, 8-8).