Amber  Rhinehart

12Amber Rhinehart


Citrus Heights, Calif.

High School:
Casa Roble H.S.






"Amber has a beautiful left-handed swing. Her pair of walk-off home runs last year against Arkansas and Kentucky are indicative of her ability to hurt an opponent. Amber will continue to hit third or fourth in our lineup to maximize her RBI production. She is also a very good first baseman with soft hands and the ability to dig a ball."


AS A JUNIOR (2003): Was the lone Lady Vol to have started all 70 games, 49 times at first and 21 times as the designated player...Earned second-team All-SEC kudos to join Kristi Durant as Tennessee's first honorees by the league since 1999...Secured a berth in the infield on the strength of her team-best .372 conference ledger...The slugger totaled 15 runs batted in and paced the Orange and White's offense during the 29 league encounters in total bases (53), hits (32), runs (14), walks (11), doubles (nine), home runs (four), slugging percentage (.616) and on-base percentage (.455)...
At Bats:5 vs. Auburn (5/9/03)
Runs:3 vs. Tennessee State (3/6/02)
Hits:4 vs. South Carolina (4/1/03)
Hit Streak:12 games (3/15-3/29/03)
Runs Batted In:4 vs. Belmont (3/5/03) & Arkansas (4/13/02)
Doubles:2 (three times)
Triples:1 (five times)
Home Runs:2 vs. Arkansas (4/13/02)
Walks:2 (10 times)
Stolen Bases:1 (three times)
2003 HIGHS
At Bats:5 vs. Auburn (5/9)
Runs:2 (10 times)
Hits:4 vs. South Carolina (4/1)
Hit Streak:12 games (3/15-3/29)
Runs Batted In:4 vs. Belmont (3/5)
Doubles:2 vs. South Carolina (4/1)
Triples:1 vs. Belmont (3/5)
Home Runs:1 (seven times)
Walks:2 (five times)
Stolen Bases:1 vs. LSU (3/9)
Overall, Amber drove in 37 runs, smacked seven dingers and poked a team-best 19 doubles to go along with a .340 average...Batted an impressive .381 (45-for-118) with runners on base, registered 18 multiple-hit games and accumulated 12 multiple-RBI efforts...Rated second on the Orange with a .333 (5-for-15) clip at the SEC Tournament...Was 3-for-4 in heartbreaking season finale against No. 16 Alabama...Closed the league slate at Ole Miss by yanking a two-run dinger in the opener that cleared the Rebels' scoreboard just beyond the right field fence...Came through with a .400 (4-for-10) average against No. 10 Georgia with a pair of two-baggers and a couple of RBI...Went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in 8-0 rout of Kentucky...Bashed her second walk-off homer of the season to lift the Orange to a 2-0 decision over Arkansas in the finale of the three-game set on April 6...Terrorized South Carolina's pitching for five hits in 11 at bats, including a trio of two-baggers...Career-best 4-for-4 outing helped Stephanie Humphrey toward a no-hitter on April Fools' Day in Columbia...Selected as the Most Valuable Player of the rain-shortened First Tennessee Round Robin...Had raised her hitting streak to a career-high 12 games before it was clipped in the finale against Liberty on March 29...Snapped a 1-1 deadlock with her first career walk-off homer, a two-run job in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Lady Flames the previous day...Hit a torrid 6-for-9 (.667) against Mississippi State with five RBI and two four-baggers...Upped her average to .440 (11-for-25) at the time in SEC play, tying her for first on the Orange with Katherine Card...Homered during the first two games with the Maroon and White and finished UT's series win by going 2-for-3 with a couple of runs...Was 2-for-6 (.333) in the double-dip with Princeton and broke up Erin Snyder's bid for a perfect game with an infield single in the fifth inning of game one...Tied for the team lead with freshman Sarah Fekete against Alabama, as each player hit .500...Amber went 3-for-3, including a key double down the right field line, in the 2-1 conquest of UA on March 15 to earn her first Jimmy Chitwood Offensive Award...Cracked the .300-barrier for the season on March 5 at .305 overall by going 2-for-4 versus Belmont...Bashed a bases-clearing triple in the first frame of the opener and matched her career high with four runs batted in...Also smashed a two-bagger in the 11-3 rout of the Bruins...Scored twice and earned a pair of free passes in the 14-0 shellacking of BU to close the double-dip...Achieved all-tournament status for the first time as a Lady Vol when she hit .429 (6-for-14) during the Golden Panther Invitational...Was 3-for-4 and drove in one run against Florida A&M on March 1...Contributed a pair of hits and scored twice in the 12-run offensive barrage versus Furman...First plate appearance at Tyson Park in '03 was an RBI single in the bottom of the first against Appalachian State that allowed Blaine Teasley to come across with the initial run in a 3-0 win...Opened the second inning against Jacksonville on Feb. 8 by mashing a shot to center field...Her blast would ignite an eight-run showing that resulted in a 10-2 trapping of the Dolphins...Also lofted a sacrifice fly to drive in Durant in the fourth against JU...Registered a .300 (3-for-10) batting average during the Lady Vols' return to her home state of California...Jacked her first home run of the season with a shot into the trees overlooking Levine-Fricke Field against San Jose State on Feb. 1...Ripped a base-hit and scored in the first meeting against Cal...Led off the sixth against the Spartans with a double down the right field line in her season debut.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2002): Successfully came back from off-season surgery to repair a torn ACL to rank second on the squad with a .325 clip...Sported a .562 slugging percentage...Totaled 28 runs batted in and had team highs in doubles (12) and triples (four)...Hit .278 (20-for-72) in her 25 SEC contests to rank second on UT behind Adrianna Wilson (.356)...Slugged a pair of home runs in the second game at Arkansas, a three-run jack in the fourth and a solo dinger in the seventh...Contributed a .500 (4-for-8) effort against South Carolina...Belted a solo homer in the fifth of game one to spoil All-American Megan Matthews' bid for a perfect game...Went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the ninth of the second- game heartbreaker...Delivered a 2-for-3 showing in the victory at Mississippi State and scored UT's initial run...Was 3-for-7 (.429) with four runs, two triples and a double at Alabama State...Socked a two-run blast off Alabama All-American Shelley Laird, which gave the Orange a 2-1 lead...UA would rally with a pair of scores in the seventh for a 3-2 triumph...Went deep in the opener at No. 21 Georgia with a shot over the left field fence in the sixth frame... Made her league debut by hitting .400 (4-for-10) against Ole Miss...Cranked a pair of doubles in the first game against the Rebels...Racked up a .600 average on a 3-for-5 showing against Tennessee State...Went 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI in game one, then closed with 1-for-3 effort in the second contest...Hit .364 at the Georgia State Round Robin and drew four walks...Chipped in with a pair of hits, including a two-run triple, in 10-2 whipping of Drexel...Nearly became the second Lady Vol to hit for the cycle when she shredded Tennessee State's pitching for a single, double and triple and three RBI in the second game on Feb. 19...Effort came on the heels of a .500 (8-for-16) batting average at the Triangle Classic...Set a career high with three hits against East Carolina and scored once against the Pirates...Poked two-baggers against Virginia and Long Island in Raleigh, N.C...Ripped two hits and scored twice in the nine-run shellacking of Austin Peay in game one...Swiped first base of her career in setback to Central Florida on Feb. 9...Belted her first career home run during her initial start at first base against No. 25 South Florida on Feb. 3...Blast over the left field fence gave UT a 3-1 cushion in the sixth against the Bulls...Came through with pinch-hit single in the sixth against Northwestern...Served as the club's designated player in the season opener versus Florida Atlantic.

AS A FRESHMAN (2001): Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 11...Underwent successful surgery on March 21... Started five games for the Orange and White at first base and had registered a .071 batting average (1-for-14)...Injury occurred in a collision on the base-paths with TAMU-CC second baseman Amber Ott in the third inning of UT's 7-2 romp over the Islanders.


HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Casa Roble High School in Orangevale, Calif...Her club claimed three Capitol Athletic League Championships...Team also brought home two sectional crowns...She was a four-time all-league choice at first base...Selected as an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 1998...Competed for the California Breeze club team with former UT teammates Nicole Murray and Andie Sherman...Squad advanced to ASA Nationals in South Dakota, where they captured the championship...Team also placed second in consecutive appearances...Consistent member of the honor roll and was a Renaissance Academic Card recipient...Performed community service at the Ottoman Elementary School in her spare time...Appeared in Who's Who Among American High School Students.

PERSONAL: Majoring in sport management...Hobbies include hanging out with friends, going to the movies and shopping...Cousin Phil Lowery has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins...Does not pattern her playing style after anyone but tries to be the best she can be...Former teammates playing collegiately include Stephanie Ramos (UCLA), Barbie Pierce (Penn State), Jennifer Dacre (Pacific) and Sara Thompson (Iowa)...Has two sisters, Melissa, 23, and Pamela, 20, and a younger brother, Bill, 19, who is a freshman baseball player at Arizona...Amber Nicole Rhinehart was born April 30, 1982, in Roseville, Calif...Her parents are Bill and Syndi Rhinehart.




Favorite song:
>>> Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me (Keith Urban)
Favorite TV show:
>>> Nip/Tuck
Favorite class at UT:
>>> Sport Management 580
Most impressive person you know:
>>> Andrea Sherman - She never lets me down
Person in history you'd like to meet:
>>> Babe Ruth
First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day:
>>> Take the team to Marble Slab
Person you would most like to trade places with for a day:
>>> Britney Spears
Teammate who has the best sense of humor:
>>> Ellisha Humphrey
People who have most influenced your athletic career:
>>> My parents
Most memorable moment in athletics:
>>> Winning the 18-Under Nationals
Best player you've ever faced:
>>> Jennie Finch (Arizona)
Craziest ambition:
>>> Run a marathon
One thing you wish you were better at:
>>> Saving money
Favorite sport besides softball:
>>> Baseball
One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one:
>>> My pictures
Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule:
>>> Penn State
Ultimate SportsCenter highlight:
>>> Hitting a grand slam to win the Women's College World Series
The best advice I've ever been given is...
>>> "Do what makes you happy no matter what other people think"
Your best friend from another college team:
>>> Barbie Pierce (Penn State)
If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called?
>>> "Animal House"
Who is the actress who would play the part in a movie about your life?
>>> Cameron Diaz
What actor would you like to play your romantic interest?
>>> Pierce Brosnan
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is...
>>> Arizona
What motivates you?
>>> The ambition to succeed
Why did you choose to attend Tennessee?
>>> I already had a lot of friends from California who went here
Since I've been at UT, I've learned...
>>> time management
The best thing about playing softball for the Lady Vols is...
>>> all of the athletic privileges
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004?
>>> Danielle Arriaga



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