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      Mandie Fishback
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Banks, Ore.

High School:
Banks H.S.

Height:
5-7

Position:
2B/SS

Birthdate:
08/15/1983

B/T:
R/R

THE WEEKLYS ON FISHBACK:

"The best defensive player on the squad, Mandie turned in several 'Web-Gem' type of plays in competition last spring. She is the leader of our infield and a good influence on our entire team. Her home run in her first collegiate tournament at Cal-Berkeley indicates her potential to also be a potent offensive threat."

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

AS A FRESHMAN (2003): Held down the second base spot with 66 starts in her maiden season...Hit .238 overall with five runs batted in for the Weeklys and sported a .255 SEC average...Had an on-base percentage of .292 and scored 24 runs with six two-baggers...Ranked third in the league among second basemen with a .968 fielding percentage...Tied for the top performance at Ole Miss by going 4-for-6 (.667) with three runs and a double...
LADY VOL CAREER AND 2003 HIGHS
At Bats:4 (five times)
Runs:2 (four times)
Hits:2 (seven times)
Hit Streak:4 games (4/27-5/8)
Runs Batted In:2 vs. Arkansas (4/5) & Jacksonville (2/8)
Doubles:1 (six times)
Home Runs:1 vs. San Jose State (2/1)
Walks:1 (seven times)
Stolen Bases:1 (three times)
Went 2-for-3 in both the second and third games of the series...Turned in perhaps the finest individual defensive showing of the campaign with an unassisted double play in the fifth to snuff out a Rebel rally...Ripped a two-bagger as part of UT's five-run seventh stanza during the 12-2 shellacking of UM...Had a single in the second game at Lipscomb...Was 1-for-5 (.200) against Georgia and stole a base...Bashed a two-run double in 9-2 beating of Arkansas on April 5...Contributed one hit in six at bats versus No. 13 South Carolina...Was 2-for-4 in game two against Mississippi State...Came through with a clutch 2-for-3 outing in the second game versus Alabama and yanked her second double off the base of the left field wall...Enjoyed a great pair of games against Lipscomb, going 2-for-2 with three runs in the 11-0, 3-0 Tennessee sweep...Was 0-for-2 in her first Southeastern Conference activity versus seventh-rated LSU...Missed the first four games of the Golden Panther Invitational with a sore throat...Returned for the final game against Furman on March 2 and was 0-for-2 with six assists...Finished 1-for-3 in the second meeting with Syracuse in Las Vegas and came across with the go-ahead run in the fifth on Katherine Card's two-run single...Notched other single of the tournament versus the Orangewomen the previous day...Scored two runs during the 7-0 rout of Appalachian State during the Lady Vols' home opener at Tyson Park...Chipped in with a .333 (4-for-12) effort at the Triple Crown Invitational...Contributed a career-high two RBI in the quarterfinal triumph over Jacksonville on a sacrifice fly and a ground out...Also swiped UT's first stolen base of the year against the Dolphins...Went 2-for-4 in her opening game against the mammals...Delivered a solo homer to open the scoring during the 5-3 conquest of San Jose State...Finished 2-for-4 in that outing and scored twice...Received Jimmy Chitwood Award as the Offensive MVP of that game...Earned a walk in the first plate appearance of her collegiate career versus SJSU on Jan. 31...Later stroked a single down the left field line in the fifth frame.

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Banks High School, where she earned four varsity letters in softball, three in soccer and one apiece in basketball and volleyball...As a freshman, Mandie was selected as the Oregon Softball Player of the Year as she led her squad to the state title with a 27-4 record...First-team all-state and all-league choice and was her club's top offensive player all four seasons on the diamond...BHS claimed its league's crown four straight times, including marks of 27-2 in 2000, 25-3 in '01 and 23-4 in '02...Honored as her conference's Most Valuable Player in both 1999 and 2002...Finished with a career batting average of .630, totaled 152 runs batted in and swiped 98 bases...Belted a career-high 10 homers in her debut season...Recognized as a Scholar-Athlete all four years of her high school tenure...Member of the Auction Committee and youth group, and helped organize a blood drive.

PERSONAL: Majoring in elementary education...Biggest inspiration is her grandmother because she motivates her to be the best she can be...Hopes to win a national championship and make it to the Olympics...Acknowledges that being involved with sports has developed her work ethic, taught self-discipline and shown her how to work well with others... Admires softball legend Dot Richardson...Her biggest thrill was winning a state championship for Banks High School in '99...Enjoys being with her family and friends and coaching youth sports...Chose to become a Lady Vol because it presented her with unlimited opportunities in and out of the classroom...Prior to every pitch, she points up to the sky to her grandpa, who passed away on Feb. 25, 2002...Has a younger brother, Danny, 17...Amanda Marie Fishback was born Sept. 15, 1983, in Portland, Ore...Her parents are Dan and Teresa Fishback.

FISHBACK'S CAREER STATISTICS

YEARAVGGP-GSABRHRBI2B3BHRSBSBABBSOHBPSFSHTBSLG%OB%
2003.23866-66126243056013372031139.310.292

GETTING TO KNOW MANDIE

Nicknames:
>>> Mandith, Fish
I wear number "21" because...
>>> my daddy wore it
Favorite song:
>>> I Melt (Rascal Flats)
Favorite TV show:
>>> Newlyweds
Favorite class at UT:
>>> Health 310
Most impressive person you know:
>>> My grandpa
Person in history you'd like to meet:
>>> A firefighter who died on 9/11
First thing you'd do if you were head coach for a day:
>>> Go to Chuck E. Cheese for team bonding
Person you would most like to trade places with for a day:
>>> Shanna Zolman, to see what life like as a Lady Vol basketball player is really like
Teammate who has the best sense of humor:
>>> Kim Anders
Person who has most influenced your athletic career:
>>> Grandma Fish
Most memorable moment in athletics:
>>> Winning the state championship my freshman year of high school and earning Player of the Year that season
Best player you've ever faced:
>>> Katie Jo Kelly (UMass)
Craziest ambition:
>>> To star in a movie and win an Oscar for it
One thing you wish you were better at:
>>> Ice skating with spins and cool moves
Favorite sport besides softball:
>>> Soccer
One possession you'd keep if you lost all but one:
>>> Picture of my grandpa
Team you'd most like to see added to the schedule:
>>> Oklahoma
Ultimate SportsCenter highlight:
>>> Randy Johnson hitting the bird as it was crossing home plate
The best advice I've ever been given is...
>>> "Do what makes you happy"
Your best friend from another college team:
>>> Kristen Hays (Miami of Ohio)
If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called?
>>> "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
Who is the actress who would play the part in a movie about your life?
>>> Brittany Murphy
What actor would you like to play your romantic interest?
>>> Nick Lachey
Nobody knows how much I...
>>> cook for Chimmy (teammate Chemil Washington)
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is...
>>> New York City
What motivates you?
>>> When we are the underdog
Why did you choose to attend Tennessee?
>>> For a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity
Since I've been at UT, I've learned...
>>> to appreciate the people I can count on no matter what
The best thing about playing softball for the Lady Vols is...
>>> the program's reputation
Which teammate will be the biggest surprise in 2004?
>>> Christy Anch

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