Softball team wins 12 in a row

A workmanlike 2-0 victory over Western Kentucky (14-20) in the nightcap of a Wednesday doubleheader built No. 1 Tennessee's (37-2) overall winning streak to 12 while improving the non-conference regular-victory skein to 75 dating back to March 4, 2005. UT continues the best start to a campaign in program history at 37-2.

Junior hurler Megan Rhodes (8-1) was solid in the circle in picking up her eighth win of the campaign with five innings of three-hit work with a walk and five strikeouts.

Senior Monica Abbott was summoned into the matchup in relief to begin the sixth and picked up her third save in 2007 by punching out four in two frames. She now stands just 135 strikeouts (2,131) from eclipsing the NCAA Division I career K record currently held by former Texas hurler Cat Osterman (2,265).

Freshman designated player Anita Manuma was the offensive heroine with a long solo home run to centerfield in the fourth inning off Western Kentucky pitcher Rebecca Horesky. Senior India Chiles, senior Lindsay Schutzler, junior Kenora Posey and freshmen Nicole Kajitani and Erinn Webb each tallied one of Tennessee 's six total hits.

"We've played seven games over the last five days, so our kids are really tired," Lady Vol co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "Western Kentucky's kids were probably very tired as well because they've been on a similar schedule recently. We didn't play the best we can play tonight, but that's the problem with mid-week games during this time of year. They are necessary but very draining. It was nice to get home runs out of Tonya Callahan and Anita Manuma."

No. 1 Tennessee will next take to the diamond on Friday evening with another non-conference doubleheader versus East Tennessee State scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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