Tonya  Callahan

35Tonya Callahan


Holden, Mo.

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At Bats:5 at Virginia (3/24/05) & at Kentucky (4/15/07)
Runs:2 (19 times)
Hits:3 (10 times)
Hit Streak:11 games (twice)
Runs Batted In:6 vs. Cal Poly (2/17/06)
Hit Streak:11 games (twice)
Doubles:2 at Arkansas (4/2/06) & vs. Hawai'i (5/25/07)
Triples:1 vs. College of Charleston (2/11/07)
Home Runs:1 (35 times)
Walks:3 (six times)
Stolen Bases:1 (three times)

AS A JUNIOR (2007):

Named a second-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, first-team NFCA All-South Region and first-team All-SEC after hitting .385 with 16 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs and 60 RBI...Now leads the Lady Vol career chart with 35 home runs...Has knocked in 133 runs in her last two campaigns...Plated two or more RBI in 16 games in 2007 with 21 multiple-hit contests...Now rates second in UT history in slugging percentage at .592, third in career RBI with 179 (just 25 from breaking the school mark), fifth in on-base percentage at .442, sixth in total bases with 358, seventh in doubles with 40, eighth in hits with 211 and 10th in career batting average at .349...Was chosen as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week and the NFCA National Player of the Week (5/8) after hitting .833 with six RBI, a double and a home run in a crucial two-game sweep of then-No. 1 Alabama (9-2, 4-0) that secured Tennessee its first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship...Finished tied for second in the SEC in RBI with 60, tied with LSU's Leslie Klein, and in doubles with 16...Was fifth in the league in slugging percentage at .651...Drew 39 walks on the campaign to rate second in the conference...During NCAA Regional and Super Regional action, Callahan hit an amazing .632 with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI...In the best-of-three series with No. 12 Hawai'i, she delivered a 3-for-3 performance in the opener with a pair of two-baggers and two RBI in UT's 9-0 (5 inn.) win, before wrapping up the series hitting .600 with seven RBI...Posted two seven-game hitting streaks down the stretch for the Big Orange, starting April 22 against Auburn and extending to the SEC Tournament versus Ole Miss (5/10) and then from May 18 against Furman in NCAA Regional play to Texas A&M (5/31) in the opener at the Women's College World Series...Went 2-for-3 with a two-run blast in Tennessee's 10-0 (5 inn.) win in the series opener against Auburn...Knocked in six runs in the frigid series at Kentucky with a solo homer off UK hurler Amber Matousek in the 12-0 opening triumph (4/14)...Was 2-for-2 with a double, a solo HR and three RBI in a 12-0 (5 inn.) destruction of in-state foe Tennessee Tech (4/3)...Blasted two-run shots in wins over Western Kentucky (3/28) and ETSU (3/30)...Set the tone in the Orange & White's 8-0 (5 inn.) win over Oklahoma State in Palm Springs (2/24) with a one out, three-run shot in the first inning...Ended the contest against OSU with four RBI...Led off the second frame of a scoreless match-up at Cal State Fullerton (2/21) with a solo HR as UT eventually coasted to an 8-0 (5 inn.) rout...Knocked in a pair of runs in victories over Illinois (2/17), Cal State Northridge (2/18) and UC Davis (2/18) at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev....Recorded her first career triple in an 11-1 (5 inn.) triumph over College of Charleston (2/11) at the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C....Was chosen to the prestigious USA Softball National Player of the Year Watch List prior to the season.


Finished eighth in NCAA Division I in RBI per game at 1.04...Finished just four RBI short of Kristi Durant's single-season league record of 77 set in 2005...Was chosen a first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and All-South Region choice after hitting .365 with 13 HR and 73 RBI...Hit .286 and knocked in a run in the three-game set with No. 13 Michigan as UT secured a WCWS berth...Was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team...Hit her first career grand slam in a 12-0 (5) rout and hit a clutch three-run HR against #9 Georgia to bring UT?back from 5-2 down to tie the contest at 5-5...Delivered a .556 average with two home runs and nine RBI at #9 Georgia...Hit .364 with her 11th home run of the campaign, two doubles and five RBI in the sweep of Mississippi State...Knocked in four runs and hit her 10th home run of the season during the series sweep of South Carolina...Her big fly against the Gamecocks landed on Alcoa Highway to make it twice in four games...Blasted a home run onto the Alcoa Highway overpass as part of a .444 weekend series effort against Ole Miss...Hit a three-run home run, her eighth HR?of the season, and knocked in four in UT's 10-2 (5) rout of ETSU...Delivered three doubles in the three-game sweep at Arkansas...Hit .556 (5-of-9) with a double, two home runs and six RBI in the series sweep at Kentucky...Registered a .364 (4-of-11) average with two RBI in the series at #6 Alabama...Knocked in four runs in a 3-for-3 effort in UT's 8-0 (5) rout of #18 Auburn...Went 4-of-6 with a team-best six RBI, four runs scored and a home run in the DH sweep of Belmont (3/14)...Knocked in two runs against Illinois-Chicago, USF and Tennessee Tech while hitting .455 (10-of-22) with a home run and 10 RBI at the USF Tourney...Hit .333 (3-of-9) with an RBI and run scored at the Worth Invitational...Was the offensive star at the NFCA?Leadoff Classic by hitting .667 (4-of-6) with a double, solo home run and two RBI...Her HR in the third inning against #25/22 Iowa was part of a back-to-back HR?effort with rookie Jennifer Griffin... Upped her production in a big way during UT's second weekend by hitting .417 (5-for-12) with 10 RBI and a home run at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic...Registered a career-high six RBI with a three-run HR?in the 10-0 (5) romp of Cal-Poly (2/17) in Las Vegas.


Hit .300 as a freshman with a team-best 11 home runs to go along with 46 RBI...Her homer total rated just behind former Lady Vol Carrie Swinford (1996-13 HR) on the UT all-time freshman list...Selected to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team after hitting .333 with two home runs, three RBI and a .733 slugging percentage...Named to the SEC All-Freshman team...Hit perhaps the most important home run in UT softball history at 1:21 a.m. CST on June 6 with a game-winning, 11th-inning big fly to deep left to down No. 1 Michigan, 2-0, and stave off UT's elimination from the WCWS...Delivered a 2-for-3 performance with a solo home run in UT's 3-1 loss to No. 7 UCLA at the WCWS for UT's first-ever big fly in the event...Plated a run with a base hit in UT's 6-0 victory over No. 4 Stanford...Hit .444 in NCAA Regional No. 11 play (4-for-9)...Was 1-of-3 with an RBI and 2-of-3 in successive wins over College of Charleston in NCAA Regional action...Followed a Durant triple with a towering two-run home run to pad UT's lead in the 9-0 NCAA victory over Miami Univ...Went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a 9-6 loss to Georgia (4/24)...Paced the UT attack in the 6-2 win over No. 15 Florida by going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI... Registered a 2-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI and a homer in UT's 5-0 win over No. 22 Auburn...Hammered a solo home run against Kentucky (3/29) and Liberty (3/22)...With a 1-for-3 performance in UT's second victory over ETSU (3/9), Callahan stretched her hitting streak to 11 games, a skein that ended in UT's next contest versus No. 8 Alabama...Blasted a towering three-run shot onto the Alcoa Highway overpass in UT's 13-0 rout of Austin Peay (3/8)...Tallied four RBI in a 2-for-4 effort in the 19-0 rout of N.C. A&T...Went 2-for-2 with two RBI in the win over Furman at the Charleston Southern Invitational...Singled and scored a run in the 8-0 win over No. 23 Long Beach State (2/26)...Hammered an RBI double to left center to plate a run against No. 20 Pacific (2/25)...Posted an RBI double in the GSU Invitational title game 8-0 win over Illinois-Chicago...Scored a run in the 5-0 win over No. 22 Nebraska after coaxing a walk to reach base...Registered her first career hit in the 8-0 win over Gardner-Webb (2/5) with a sixth inning RBI single that plated UT's eighth run and ended the contest in just six frames...Scored on a double to left center by Lindsay Schutzler in the second inning during UT's 4-0 win over Louisville (2/6).


The Lady Vols' initial signee from the state of Missouri, Callahan was the youngest person invited to a United States Olympic Softball tryout in Chula Vista, Calif., during her junior year...A three-time all-conference choice in softball, she was recognized as her club's Most Valuable Player each season...Was a four-year letterwinner in three sports (volleyball, softball and basketball) at Holden High School...A first-team all-state selection in volleyball, she received all-conference and all-district honors four straight times, all-region nods on three occasions and helped lead her 2003 volleyball squad to the Missouri AA State Championship with a 35-3-1 record...On the hardwood, Callahan earned berths on several all-tournament teams and was named all-conference twice during her prep career...She also picked up awards for most assists, most steals and highest free throw percentage while being chosen as the basketball team's MVP during her sophomore campaign (2002)...Led her summer ball team, the Kansas City Peppers, to a first-place finish at the USSSA Nationals in 2002, to fifth at the Fireworks Classic and at the Amateur Softball Association of America's (ASA) Nationals in Salem, Ore... Member of Who's Who Among American High School Students, the National Honor Society and the Holden H.S. Honor Roll.


Majoring in child and family studies...Also picked up a scholar-athlete award during her prep career...Was a punt, pass & kick champion in 1996...Cites trying out for the United States Olympic Team as her biggest softball thrill to date...Her highest ambition in softball is to play for the U.S. Olympic Team...Has an older brother, Shawn, 25, who played baseball at Central Missouri State University and has been involved in the minor leagues...Tonya Callahan was born Sept. 30, 1985, in Warrensburg, Mo....Her parents are Darrell and Terry Callahan.




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