After helping resurgent Tennessee to a pair of twinbill sweeps of Western
Division rivals Ole Miss and Mississippi State this past weekend, junior
third baseman Amanda Venable was selected as the SEC's Player of the Week
by the conference office. The Rio Linda, Calif., native hit a torrid .600
(nine-of-15) with eight runs batted in, four runs and a whopping three
homers as the Lady Vols vaulted into second place in the East by extending
their league winning skein to seven games.
Friday night versus the Rebels, Venable was a virtual one-woman wrecking
crew. In game one, a 15-5 UT triumph, she was a perfect three-for-three
with a double and a two-run blast. Hitting in her customary third spot in
the order, she delivered a solo shot en route to another three-for-three
effort in the nightcap, as the Orange notched a 4-1 triumph. Against
Mississippi State on Sunday, the Californian produced another dinger and
three more hits in the Lady Vols' first-ever sweep of the Bulldogs.
On the season, Venable has started all 47 games and leads the team in
several categories: batting average (.441), total bases (100), hits (64),
home runs (eight), and slugging percentage (.690). She ranks second in RBI
(41) and third in doubles (12). Through 20 games in SEC action, the third
baseman has produced a .422 clip, good for second on Tennessee behind
senior right fielder Lisa Warren (.435).
Head coach Jim Beitia's club will host the Rocky Top Markets Softball
Classic from Friday through Sunday against No. 5 Southwestern Louisiana
(43-5), No. 17 Southern Mississippi (40-5) and No. 18 South Florida
UT's Venable selected as SEC 'Player of the Week'
Published: Wed Apr 21, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:50 p.m.