UT ties record for holding No. 1 spot

Becoming the only team in SEC history ever to achieve the No. 1 spot in the polls obviously wasn't enough for Tennessee (47-2, 17-2 SEC) as the Big Orange have now equaled Arizona's 2004 squad for the record of most consecutive poll appearances at No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings following Tuesday's release by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA).

Winners of 22 straight games, the Lady Vols are again NCAA Division I's unanimous choice for No. 1 after picking up all 20 available first-place votes to remain in the top spot for the 10th straight week.

The SEC holds down the top two positions in the newest listing as Alabama (42-4) rose from third to second by sweeping a doubleheader from Chattanooga on April 11 in Tuscaloosa.

Defending national champion Arizona (31-8) also climbed a place to third after downing No. 12 Stanford and California (two games). Last week's No. 2 team, Oklahoma (43-5), suffered a 5-1 setback to Missouri to fall two spots in the new rankings. Texas A&M (34-6) was 3-0 for the week with a victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and a pair of triumphs against Kansas to remain at No. 5.

The Lady Vols will next be in action over April 21-22 at Tyson Park in a crucial three-game series versus Auburn. Saturday's doubleheader will commence at 1 p.m. ET, while Sunday's single contest between the two teams will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net (FSN) as part of the SEC-TV package beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

GAME CANCELLED: Out of respect for Virginia Tech and those affected by the tragic events that occurred Monday in Blacksburg when a gunman killed 32 people and himself on campus, the coaches, administrators and players from all four participating teams (Tennessee, East Tennessee State, Radford and Virginia Tech) have decided to cancel the scheduled contests Tuesday at the State Line Classic in Bristol, Tenn.

Included in that group of cancellations is the single game between Tennessee and Radford, which may be re-scheduled before the end of the regular season.

CHILES HONORED: Senior leftfielder India Chiles has reaped what could be the first of many awards this season by being selected as the SEC Player of the Week.

The Louisville, Ky., native hit .667 (8-of-12) for Tennessee at Kentucky and .562 during the four-game week with a school record four stolen bases in UT's 9-4 series-closing victory over UK to receive the honor.

As the lead-off hitter for the Lady Vols and currently the top performer all-time in Tennessee history in batting average at .418, Chiles continued her outstanding play while "setting the table" as a slapper for the Big Orange offense.

With her primary goal to reach base and wreak havoc on the base paths, she did just that by swiping six bases during the Kentucky series, including a school-record four in the finale, to raise her stolen bag total to a team-best 35 for the season.

With her effort at the dish, Chiles improved her current hitting streak to seven games. She was a perfect 4-for-4 in the opening 12-0 victory over UK with two runs scored and two steals. With a 2-for-4, three-run, four-stolen base effort against UK in the finale, she has now recorded two or more base knocks in each of her last nine SEC tilts while recording a .735 average on a 25-of-34 performance at the plate.

Chiles' season batting average continued to skyrocket to an SEC-best .478 counting all games, while her SEC-only average rose to an amazing .585 (31-of-53). Her week-long on-base percentage was .611. She possesses 21 multi-hit games in 2007 and has tallied at least one run in each of her last 15 contests.

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