Raven Chavanne named the USA Softball collegiate player of the week

OKLAHOMA CITY - Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for March 18-24, as announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball.

Chavanne, who was also named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday, is UT's second USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honoree of 2013. Senior pitcher Ivy Renfroe earned the honors for the week of March 4-10.

This week's honor marks the second time Chavanne has been named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week as she previously was recognized for the week of April 23-29 in 2012. She has received national weekly honors three times in her career. On May 3, 2011, Chavanne was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week.

Chavanne also becomes just the third Lady Vol to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week multiple times in her career, joining Monica Abbott (four times) and Tonya Callahan (two times).

Chavanne was outstanding at the plate for No. 6/5 Tennessee (27-6, 6-3 SEC), which went a perfect 4-0 for the week with a Tuesday win over Murray State and a three-game sweep of No. 5/4 Texas A&M. She batted a team-high .750 (9-for-12) with five RBIs, one homer, one double, six runs, three walks and three stolen bases. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native had a 1.083 slugging percentage and a.800 on-base mark - both led the team.

Chavanne tallied four consecutive multi-hit games this week, her longest streak of the season. On the season, she ranks second on the team with 15 multi-hit games. Chavanne tied her career high with three stolen bases vs. Murray State on March 19. Her three RBIs against Texas A&M on March 22 tied for her second-highest total of the season and her most since driving in three against NC State on Feb. 17. She currently ranks fourth in the SEC with a .442 season batting average, third with 46 hits and second with 25 stolen bases.

Tennessee will next host Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Tickets for the game are available through UTTix.com. As part of Second Harvest Day promotion, fans who donate two non-perishable food items will receive a free reserved bleacher back ticket, based on availability. Kids 12 and under get in free and receive a free reserved bleacher back ticket, based on availability.

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