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      Lauren Mattox
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

High School:
Providence H.S.

Last College:
UNC Wilmington

Height:
5-4

Position:
C/OF

Birthdate:
12/27/1981

B/T:
L/R

THE WEEKLYS ON MATTOX:

"Lauren brings a major punch to our offense. She is a tenacious hitter who is especially productive in RBI situations. She is also a versatile player capable of seeing time at second base, third base, outfield and catcher. For us to be successful this spring, we will need Lauren's bat in the lineup."

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

AS A JUNIOR (2003): Earned a berth on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's All-South Region Second Team as a utility player...With a .338 clip in her 61 outings, Lauren finished third on the Big Orange in batting average behind Kristi Durant (.424) and Amber Rhinehart (.340)...Known for her versatility, she drew starts as the Lady Vols' catcher (26), outfielder (10), third baseman (seven) and designated player (six)...Her 41 runs batted in were two shy of UT's top spot occupied by classmate Angela Brewer...Reached double-figures with 10 two-baggers and totaled 11 multiple-RBI outings...
LADY VOL CAREER AND 2003 HIGHS
At Bats:4 (six times)
Runs:3 vs. Mississippi State (3/23) & Lipscomb (3/11)
Hits:3 (five times)
Hit Streak:10 games (3/20-4/1)
Runs Batted In:4 vs. Mississippi (5/3)
Doubles:1 (10 times)
Triples:1 vs. Kentucky (5/9)
Home Runs:1 (five times)
Walks:2 vs. Mississippi (5/3) & Lipscomb (4/29)
In SEC action, Lauren registered a .342 average and drove in a team-high 20 runs...She contributed an eye-popping .667 (6-for-9) series at Ole Miss to help the Lady Vols secure the sixth seed for the SEC Tournament, their first postseason action since 1999...Set a season-high by driving in four runs during game two against the Rebels, as she was 3-for-4 and poked her ninth double of the year...Shared the team lead of three RBI against Lipscomb with Rhinehart...Went 3-for-9 (.333) during No. 10 Georgia's visit to Tyson Park...Enjoyed a tremendous doubleheader against East rival Kentucky, as she was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener and 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the second matchup...Lashed her first triple of the year down the right field line and dove head-first into third base, helping the Orange to a sweep...Responsible for driving in the winning run against No. 13 South Carolina in the second game with an RBI double that scored freshman pinch runner Kim Anders in the eighth inning...Received all-tournament honors for the first time as a Lady Vol after she produced a 3-for-5 (.600) effort in the First Tennessee Round Robin...Delivered a sizzling .625 (5-for-8) performance against Mississippi State...Slugged a two-run homer in the second inning of the finale to give UT a 2-1 lead in an eventual 16-2 rout of the Bulldogs...Wound up 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI in that contest...Before Alabama's visit in mid-March, she had been 11 for her last 20 for a .555 clip with 10 RBI and a smoking 1.188 slugging percentage...Was a season-high 3-for-3 on March 11 with three runs and three RBI in the opener against Lipscomb, including a homer...Later socked another two-run dinger in the nightcap off Lady Bison ace Danielle Catalano...Certainly made her one hit against No. 7 LSU count, as her first home run at Tennessee lifted her squad to a 2-0 lead in an eventual 3-2 upset win...Singled, walked and drove in two runs during the 14-0 domination of Belmont on March 5...Picked up her first Jimmy Chitwood Award with a 3-for-4 showing against Florida A&M on March 1 and also scored once...Notched first RBI as a Lady Vol with a sixth-inning base-hit into left field that drove in Chemil Washington...Wound up as UT's second-best hitter at the Golden Panther Invitational by going 4-for-9 for a .444 batting average.

AT UNC WILMINGTON (2001 & 2002):

Started all 106 games during her two seasons competing for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington...Compiled a career batting average of .313 for the Seahawks...Chosen as the first-team All-Southern Conference catcher as a sophomore after hitting .310 with 24 runs batted in, seven doubles and six homers...UNCW finished 22-32 overall and 7-13 in the SoCon...Tied for the team lead by drawing 23 walks...Rated second on her squad in batting average, hits (45), on-base percentage (.429), slugging percentage (.497) and total bases (72)...Crossed paths with her future Tennessee teammates at the Triangle Classic in Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 15...Behind Stephanie Humphrey's one-hit, 13-strikeout gem, the Orange rolled to a 12-0 romp...As a rookie in 2001, Mattox registered a .316 clip to rank third on UNCW...Ripped 10 two-baggers and totaled seven sacrifice hits as her team finished 20-34 overall and 5-14 in league activity.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year all-conference selection in softball at Providence Senior High School...A two-time captain on the diamond, she was chosen all-state as a senior and voted as her club's Most Valuable Player...Lettered three times in basketball and served as captain during her final season... Sang in the chorus.

PERSONAL: Majoring in Spanish...Wants to become a missionary...Highest ambition in softball is to help the Lady Vols win a Southeastern Conference title...Enjoys working with children and participating in activities at her church...Chose to attend UT because she considered it the opportunity of a lifetime...Considers her brother as her biggest influence because she has tried to copy everything he has done...Has modeled herself after baseball legend Tony Gwynn...Superstition is not changing shampoo if she is playing well...Has an older brother, Chris, 24...Lauren Elizabeth Mattox was born Dec. 27, 1981, in Indianapolis, Ind....Her parents are Jim and Sissy Mattox.

MATTOX'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEARAVGGP-GSABRHRBI2B3BHRSBSBABBSOHBPSFSHTBSLG%OB%
2001*.31654-54152214820100211161840764.421.395
2002*.31052-5214518452471601231881072.497.429
2003.33861-49139224741101500201310374.532.425
TOT..313167-15543661140852721312594913110210.482.417

(*UNC Wilmington)

GETTING TO KNOW LAUREN

Nickname:
>>> Lo
I wear number "22" because...
>>> it's cool
Favorite song:
>>> American Pie (Don McLean)
Favorite TV show:
>>> Boston Public
Favorite class at UT:
>>> Spanish Literature
Most impressive person you know:
>>> My dad
Person in history you'd like to meet:
>>> Jesus Christ
First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day:
>>> Order all of the adidas stuff I could
Person you would most like to trade places with for a day:
>>> Ashton Kutcher doing the show Punk'd
Teammate who has the best sense of humor:
>>> Kim Anders
People who have most influenced your athletic career:
>>> My brother, my dad and Kelly Skeens
Most memorable moment in athletics:
>>> My first SEC homer at LSU
Best player you've ever faced:
>>> Monica Abbott
Craziest ambition:
>>> Direct a gospel choir
One thing you wish you were better at:
>>> Dancing
Favorite sport besides softball:
>>> College football
One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one:
>>> Holy Bible
Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule:
>>> UNC Wilmington
The best advice I've ever been given is...
>>> "Take the professor, not the class"
If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called?
>>> "Analyze This"
Who is the actress who would play the part in a movie about your life?
>>> Teri Hatcher
What actor would you like to play your romantic interest?
>>> Matt Damon
Nobody knows how much I...
>>> love my family
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is...
>>> New Zealand
What motivates you?
>>> The ability and opportunity to use my gifts for God
Why did you choose to attend Tennessee?
>>> Do you have all day?
Since I've been at UT, I've learned...
>>> that there are three things I can control: attitude, work ethic and my appetite
The best thing about playing softball for the Lady Vols is...
>>> the competitive atmosphere
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004?
>>> India Chiles

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