Jennings is National Player of Week

Lady Vol freshman Stacey Jennings has been selected the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the span Feb. 17-23.

Jennings, a pitcher/outfielder from Aurora, Colo., helped Tennessee to a 6-1 record over the past week and became the first player in the eight-year existence of UT's program to be so recognized.

''Stacey is an amazing young athlete,'' said Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly. ''She is as good a hitter as she is a pitcher and she will continue to mature in each as she gets older. Stacey has tremendous bat speed and runs a 2.8 to first base. She is an accomplished outfielder and has proven to be a very good addition to our team.''

The highlight of Jennings' week came against host UNLV last Friday. In just the seventh start of her collegiate career, she struck out six Rebels on the way to retiring all 21 batters she faced to record the first perfect game in program history. The no-hitter was just the fifth for the Orange and White dating back to the team's start in 1996.

In addition, she led the Lady Vols at the plate -- going 9-for-18 (.500) with eight RBI, three home runs and two doubles. In a 3-2 triumph over Louisiana-Monroe, she hit a three-run homer to account for all of her club's offense and also notched the win with a 4.2-inning relief stint. During one stretch, she retired 40 consecutive batters covering parts of three games.

Jennings ranks third on the Big Orange with a .406 batting average and paces the squad with a .781 slugging percentage (second in the Southeastern Conference), 25 total bases and three home runs. In the circle, she is 6-3 with a 1.72 earned run average with 35 strikeouts, three complete games and a couple of saves in 13 appearances covering 53 innings.

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