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    Brittany Bessho     
     
      Brittany Bessho
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Lassiter H.S.

Height:
5-7

Position:
C/IF

Birthdate:
09/15/1984

B/T:
R/R

THE WEEKLYS ON BESSHO:

"Brittany returns as our incumbent catcher after starting 31 games during the 2004 season. She has matured quite a bit since last season and has worked hard in the off-season on improving her arm strength and accuracy. She is a very solid field general and has a take-charge personality."

AS A FRESHMAN (2004):

Appeared in 46 games last season for the Orange, with 31 starts behind the dish...Sported a .217 average with six runs scored and six runs batted in...Caught all four of Monica Abbott's no-hitters last season: (Liberty - 3/26, Boston University - 2/14, Hawaii - 2/7 and Saint Mary's - 2/6)...Saw action as a pinch hitter in two NCAA Regional games for the Lady Vols against DePaul (4-0 W) and Illinois-Chicago (6-5 L)...Was 2-for-5 (.400) during the 2004 SEC Tournament, including a clutch pinch-hit in the win over No. 21 Florida in an elimination game...Smacked a double off the center field fence and scored during the 8-0 rout of Appalachian State...Appeared twice as a pinch hitter against Ole Miss, delivering a hit and earning a walk...Finished 4-for-18 (.222) in SEC league action...Had one of UT's five hits in game two of the regular-season series with Georgia...Delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in an 11-2 pasting of Radford at the State-Line Classic...Was 1-for-4 during the Lady Vol Classic...Cranked the first two doubles of her collegiate career and drove in a run against Georgia Southern...Drove in a run in the first game at Kentucky with a hard single into center field...Lady Vols went on to post a 3-2 win...Notched the first hit of her SEC career with a single off LSU All-American Kristin Schmidt...Went 1-for-8 (.125) at Baylor's tournament, punching an RBI base-hit in the 9-1 thumping of Louisiana Tech...After opening the campaign on an 0-for-20 slide, Brittany poked the first two hits of her collegiate career against New Mexico State on Feb. 15...Turned in a 2-for-3 outing and also scored a run in the win over the Aggies...Credited with her first RBI when she reached on a error against San Jose State in the opener of the event in Las Cruces, N.M., and Ellisha Humphrey came across...Scored twice during an 11-6 slugfest over BYU at the Paradise Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL:

Had an outstanding prep career at Lassiter High School in Cobb County, Ga., where she excelled in softball, basketball and lacrosse en route to her school's Most Athletic Female honor...On the diamond, she was named all-county four straight times in an area that has produced many outstanding Southeastern Conference players....Powered Lassiter to a regional softball title and a berth in the state tournament with a .360 batting average and a .516 slugging percentage in 2002...Named as the Defensive Player of the Year for her sterling play at third base, having previously been recognized as the school's Offensive Player of the Year in 2000...Took home the Cobb County Hitter of the Year hardware as a senior...Posted the highest batting average on the team as a freshman, sophomore and senior... Helped the Atlanta Vipers club team advance to the ASA Gold Nationals last summer and a fourth-place standing at the Canada Cup...In the latter tournament, she was selected as an all-star at third base...While competing for the Georgia Elite in '02, she was part of the ASA Sector I champions on the way to an appearance at Gold Nationals...Her 16-under South Gwinnett Comets placed fifth at nationals in 2000 and ninth the following year...Lettered three times apiece in basketball and lacrosse...Hoop squad was the 5A state runner-up in 2001, reached the Elite Eight in 2000 and was a Sweet 16 participant in 2002...MVP of her lacrosse team last spring and was picked all-league...Ranked in the top-10 percent of her class and was a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies...Also selected to Gamma Chi Epsilon and Mu Alpha Theta, the Science and Math Honor Societies, respectively...Chosen as a scholar-athlete every year and was recognized in Who's Who Among High School Students...Served on the prom committee at Lassiter for three years and was a member of the Key Club...Participated in LHS' Leadership Academy for two years and was involved in student council for three years.

PERSONAL:

Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Enjoys attending football games, going to the movies, hanging out with friends and listening to music...Donates her hair to Locks of Love...Regards hitting instructor Don McKinlay as her biggest sports influence because he is so positive and has helped her prepare mentally for softball...Admires Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees...Claims she fell in love with UT after attending the school's summer softball camp...Former teammates who have played collegiately include Tessa Lynam (Baylor), Katie Griffith and Courtney Knight (Georgia), Christy Wahl and Jennilee Huddleston (Indiana), and Bonnie Bynum, Sarah Hochkins, Ashley Potts, Jackelyn Lynam and Sara Street at Tennessee Tech...Superstitions are to put her "Livestrong" bracelet, a lucky hitting bracelet, helmet, gloves and eye black on in the same order every game...Has an older brother, Nick, 32...Brittany Elizabeth Bessho was born Sept. 15, 1984, in Atlanta, Ga...Her parents are Bob and Tricia Bessho.

HIGHS:

LADY VOL CAREER & 2004 SEASON HIGHS
At Bats: 3 (14 times)
Runs: 2 vs. BYU (2/6)
Hits: 2 vs. New Mexico State (2/15) & Georgia Southern (3/16)
Hit Streak: 2 games (three times)
Runs Batted In: 1 (six times)
Doubles: 2 vs. Georgia Southern (3/16)
Triples: 0
Home Runs: 0
Walks: 1 (three times)
Stolen Bases: 0

CAREER STATISTICS

BATTING
YEARAVGGP-GSABRHRBI2B3BHRSBSBABBSOHBPSFSHTBSLG%OB%
2004.21746-316961563000031400018.261.250
TOT..21746-316961563000031400018.261.250

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