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

(39-17).