KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (School Release) - Behind another impressive week of work as the lead-off hitter for the #6 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (44-9, 22-6 Southeastern Conference), junior Raven Chavanne has received her second selection of the 2012 campaign as the SEC Player of the Week.
The Big Orange has now garnered six weekly league accolades this year as junior Ivy Renfroe was previously chosen as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 5, Chavanne was selected as the SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 27, sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman was the SEC Player of the Week on April 9 and sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe was tabbed as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on both Feb. 13 and March 26.
The 5-8 third baseman helped UT stretch its season-long winning streak to 17 straight games by hitting a remarkable .833 overall (10-for-12) with six runs scored and five stolen bases, while improving her streak of reaching base safely to 33 consecutive contests dating back to March 11. Chavanne was also 6-for-7 at leading off any inning for the Big Orange during the week, getting on base to start a frame for the Big Orange 86% of the time.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native lifted her SEC-leading overall batting average (counting all games) from .404 entering the week to .439 with her sterling effort and wrapped up her league campaign by hitting .391 against SEC competition. She posted multi-hit games in each of last week's four outings and was perfect at the plate during three of the four match-ups, going 3-for-3 against Tennessee State, 2-for-2 in the 9-0 (5 inn.) win over Ole Miss and 3-for-3 in the 2-1, series-finale victory over the Rebels.
As of April 29 Chavanne ranked first in the SEC (counting league games only) in hits (36), second in stolen bases (13), third in batting average (.391), tied for third in runs scored (22) and seventh in on-base percentage (.472).
No two teams currently in the NCAA Division I Top 25 or among those receiving votes possess longer winning streaks than the two teams slated for a mid-week contest at Lee Softball Stadium on Wed., May 2, at 6 p.m. ET as #6 Tennessee enters the contest on a 17-game winning streak and #9 Louisville brings along an 18-contest victory skein.
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