Sarah  Fekete

3Sarah Fekete


Maryville, Tenn.

High School:
Maryville H.S.







"Sarah has great speed and bat control at the plate. She will hit in the number two position in our lineup and will play center field for our team in 2006. She is a team leader and a clutch player. She is at her best in the biggest games."

AS A JUNIOR (2005):

Chosen as a Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-America and all-South Region choice...Led the Lady Vols in hitting with a .414 average, the third-best single-season total in UT history...Selected as a first-team All-SEC choice after leading the conference in hitting...Also racked up 30 stolen bases and a UT best 20 sacrifice hits...Now leads Tennessee in career thefts with 63 and is 10th in on-base percentage at .414...Singled against No. 3 Arizona (6/2) and No. 7 UCLA (6/3) in the 2005 Women's College World Series...Contributed a 1-of-2, one-RBI performance in the NCAA Super Regional-clinching 6-0 win over No. 4 Stanford (5/28)...Went 3-for-3 in UT's 3-0 win over Mississippi State (5/14) in the SEC Tournament...Hit .455 (5-of-11) in a three-game series at Ole Miss...Returned to action against Austin Peay on April 19...Suffered a broken jaw in the seventh inning of the win over Virginia (3/24) and was out of action for approximately four weeks...Stole two bases against Virginia to help the team break the school record of 83...Went 3-of-3 with two runs scored in the 8-1 win over Liberty (3/22)...Hit .615 over five games from South Carolina to Mississippi State to pick up the SEC's Player of the Week honor...Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the 9-1, series-opening win over South Carolina...Had a tough weekend overall in Palm Springs by going 1-of-8 at the plate with an RBI and taking a foul ball in the forehead against No. 1 California (2/26)...Got a hit in the 14-0 rout of Pacific (2/25) to set the new Lady Vol record for combined hitting streak at 24 games...Batted at a .615 clip in the title run at the GSU Invitational in Statesboro, Ga...Perfect 3-for-3 at the plate (two runs scored, RBI) in the GSU championship game win over Illinois-Chicago (2/20)...With a 1-for-3 day in the 12-0 win over Mercer (2/19), Fekete broke Durant's 20-game UT hitting streak record...Continued her torrid start to 2005 by hitting .500 with a double at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. (Feb 11-13)...Contributed two hits in wins over No. 22 Nebraska (4-0) and No. 8 Washington (2-1)...Led the way offensively from the second spot in the batting order at the Clearwater Invitational by hitting at a team-best .588 clip with a slugging percentage of .824 and an on-base % of .611...The Maryville, Tenn., native reached base safely in nine consecutive at-bats stretching over the DePaul, Gardner-Webb and Florida A&M games...Went 3-of-3 with an RBI triple to left center and a stolen base in the 6-1 win over the Blue Demons (2/4)...Continued her hot hitting by reaching base all four times against Gardner-Webb (3-3, BB) and scoring twice with a swiped base...Posted a 2-for-4 effort against the Lady Rattlers (2/5).


Finished fourth on the Lady Vol squad with a .322 average, and led the team in stolen bases (with 20 in 23 attempts), runs (tied with Lindsay Schutzler with 41) and sacrifices (17)...Started 70 games, all in either center or left field...Hit .308 in NCAA Tournament play (fifth on the team)...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the 10-0 win over Illinois-Chicago in NCAA Regionals...Earned SEC All-Tournament honors by hitting .429 (6-for-14), with a pair of runs and two stolen bases in Tuscaloosa...Went 5-for-7 (.714) in the sweep of Appalachian State, with three stolen bases and three runs...Climbed to fourth on the school's all-time stolen base chart, with 33 thefts...Kenyail Norris (1996-99) holds the record with 42 SB...Scored a team-best three runs in the Ole Miss series and hit .250 (1-for-4)...Wound up SEC play with a .284 showing and stole seven bases in nine attempts...Scored 16 runs to lead the Orange...Was 1-for-1 and had a couple of sacrifices in the beating of Radford on April 21...Produced a .400 (4-for-10) effort in UT's first-ever sweep of Florida...Batted a scintillating .667 (6-for-9) at Arkansas and scored four runs...Was only 1-for-7 (.143) in the South Carolina series but turned in perhaps the defensive play of the year when she gunned down Samantha Jennings with a bullet from center field in a scoreless tie during the second game...Achieved all-tournament accolades at the Lady Vol Classic with a .286 (4-for-14) average, four runs, four sac bunts and two thefts...Out of the leadoff spot, Sarah was 2-for-4 in the doubleheader against Austin Peay, scored three runs and had a pair of thefts...Was 2-for-8 (.250) and scored twice during her first visit to Starkville, dropping her SEC clip to .231...Executed suicide squeeze to score Mandie Fishback and had a single in the 7-0 rout of Georgia Southern...Led the Orange with a 3-for-8 (.375) performance in Tuscaloosa, boosting her SEC average to .222 (4-for-18)...Moved the Lady Vols in front during the first game against the Crimson Tide with a triple to center field in the fifth inning that scored Monica Abbott...Finished the game 2-for-3...Was injured during the first game of the Compass Bank Invitational, when she slammed into the center field wall...However, Sarah managed to play three of the four games left during the tournament...Chipped in a single in the championship tilt against Baylor...Debuted at home on Feb. 25 by going 1-for-5 (.200) in the doubleheader against East Tennssee State with two runs and a pair of stolen bases...Was 1-for-5 during the Palm Springs Classic, with a base-hit in the 2-0 win over Baylor...Hit .385 (5-for-13) and scored six runs at the New Mexico State Kick-Off Invitational...Drew a pair of free passes in the second encounter with New Mexico State...Equaled career bests with three hits and three runs on her way to a 3-for-5 performance in the 16-3 slaughter of the Aggies on Feb. 14...Opened the campaign with a .300 (3-for-10) clip at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii...Went 2-for-3 and swiped second base in a 9-1 pasting of UAB on Feb. 6...Poked the second triple of her career, scored twice and walked twice during a nine-inning marathon against Brigham Young...Ripped two hits in three at bats during the season-opening shutout of Saint Mary's.


Lone rookie to see time in all 70 games...Drew 56 starts in center field and two in right field...Rated fourth on the Lady Vols with a .320 batting average and closed her first SEC season at .288...Paced the squad with 38 runs and totaled three RBI...Set a rookie record with her 13 stolen bases and led Tennessee on the basepaths with a 13-for-18 effort...Chosen to the Southeastern Conference's All-Tournament squad, joining classmate Kristi Durant as the only UT rookies ever to achieve all-tourney...Over her four games in the event, Sarah had at least one hit in every outing en route to a .312 (5-for-16) showing...The centerfielder was 1-for-4 against the trio of No. 12 LSU, Auburn and No. 7 Georgia and went 2-for-4 in the heartbreaker to 16th-ranked Alabama...Also chipped in with a team-high three runs and had a stolen base...Dominated Lipscomb's pitching for a 5-for-5 effort in a doubleheader on April 29...Was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and a stolen base in the opener in Nashville and then went 3-for-3 with three runs, one theft and her first career triple in the second tilt against the Lady Bisons...Was the Lady Vols' top hitter for the second- consecutive weekend after going 4-for-9 (.444) vs. Florida...Closed the series with a 3-for-4 outing against Jenny Gladding...Stole two bases in two chances versus the Gators...Contributed one hit in each of the contests against Auburn and finished the series 3-for-8 (.375)...Earned the Jimmy Chitwood Defensive Player of the Game Award for a stellar performance in the first tilt with Kentucky...Cranked the first double of her career against Liberty on March 29...Went 3-for-9 (.333) in the Mississippi State series...Helped the Lady Vols to a comeback win over Princeton by poking two hits in three at bats in the nightcap...Was 2-for-3 in the upset of the Crimson Tide on March 15...Made her SEC debut with a 2-for-10 (.200) performance at No. 7 LSU...Went 1-for-3 against All-American Kristin Schmidt in the first game...Preserved the Orange's 3-2 thriller over the Tigers with a diving snare of Julie Wiese's liner to end the second outing...Was 2-for-3 with three runs in the doubleheader sweep over Belmont on March 5...Shined at the Golden Panther Invitational, as she batted .333 (5-for-15) and swiped four stolen bases in five attempts...Moved into the leadoff spot and started all five contests in center field...Was a bright spot during disappointing setback to Buffalo, as she took two bases in two chances...Saw time in all five games at the UNLV Mini Tournament, primarily in the outfield...Celebrated her 19th birthday with both her first hit and first RBI in the double-dip versus Appalachian State on Feb. 19...Plated Danielle Arriaga with an RBI grounder in the second inning of the first game...Led off the bottom of the first during the second tilt with an infield single...Came on as a pinch runner for Amber Rhinehart in her Lady Vol debut and scored UT's lone run against San Jose State on Jan. 31.


A four-year letterwinner in softball at Maryville High School, Sarah helped her squad to a pair of district championships, including an overall mark of 26-4 in her last season...Team finished as the state runner-up as she collected all-state recognition...Honored as the Spring Athlete of the Year for East Tennessee...Was a four-time All-Blount County selection between 1999-2002 and took home her team's Most Valuable Player hardware three consecutive seasons...Reaped all-district accolades three straight years and shared the organization's co-Most Valuable Player honor in both 2000 and '01...Earned MVP awards by herself as a senior from both the district and the county...Tossed seven no-hitters and shared one perfect game as a pitcher...Competed for the Maryville Magic club team for six seasons...Tabbed as an AAU 18-under All-American at age 16...A four-year standout for the Rebels' hoop team, she captained the cagers as a senior...Was named player of the year in both her district and county in 2002...Received acclaim as her club's top offensive and defensive player...Three-time all-county pick and earned all-district mention twice...Member of Maryville's planning committee and yearbook staff...Chosen as a Tennessee Valley Scholar...Was nominated for a Sears Excellence Award in 2000.


Majoring in psychology...Intends to design and manage a sports facility someday...Highest ambitions are to become an All-American and help the Lady Vols capture a national championship...Considers biggest thrill to be hitting for the cycle in her first high school start...Cites her father to be her biggest influence because he always challenged her to work hard in order to accomplish her dreams...Hobbies include fishing and going to the beach...Decided to attend Tennessee because she always dreamed of being a Lady Vol...Superstitions include eating the same meal before each game, wearing the same rubber bands and ribbon in her hair and drinking a Dr. Pepper...Has a younger sister, Lisa, 20...Sarah Elizabeth Fekete was born Feb. 19, 1984, in Birmingham, Ala...Her parents are Fred and Mary Ann Fekete.


At Bats: 5 (four times)
Runs: 3 (three times)
Hits: 3 (11 times)
Hit Streak: 14 games (2/4-2/25/05)
Combined Hit Streak: 24 games (5/11/04-2/25/05)
Runs Batted In: 2 vs. Charleston Southern (2/18/05)
Doubles: 1 (eight times)
Triples: 1 (four times)
Walks: 2 (seven times)
Stolen Bases: 3 vs. Charleston Southern (2/18/05)





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