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      Nicole Kajitani
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Bernardino, Calif.

High School:
Cajon

Height:
5-3

Position:
Utility

B/T:
R/R

KAJITANI'S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 5 (three times)
Runs: 2 (six times)
Hits: 3 (three times)
Hit Streak: 7 games (4/8/-4/18/09)
RBIs: 6 at Kentucky (4/8/09)
Doubles: 1 (12 times)
Triples: 1 vs. Miss. State (3/29/09) & vs. Auburn (4/11/09)
Home Runs: 1 (six times)
Walks: 2 vs. BYU (2/21/08)
Stolen Bases: 2 vs. Austin Peay (3/4/07)

AS A JUNIOR (2009): Improved her offensive numbers across the board in 2009 by hitting .256 and establishing single-season career-bests in starts (37 in 56 total games played), at-bats (121), hits (31), runs scored (22), RBIs (21), triples (two), home runs (four), stolen bases (11-of-13), total bases (51) and slugging percentage (.421)...Kajitani recorded four multi-hit and five multi-RBI games in 2009 and tallied a career-long seven-game hitting streak from April 8-April 18...Received her first career selection as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week (4/13) after posting her finest offensive week as a Lady Vol...Over a five-game stretch that included a doubleheader at Kentucky (4/8) and a three-game home series against Auburn (4/10-4/11), the San Bernardino, Calif., native hit .450 (9-of-20) overall with two doubles, a game-winning triple, two home runs and nine RBIs...Included in that effort were a 3-for-4, career-high six-RBI performance in a 14-2 (5 inn.) doubleheader-opening win over the Wildcats and a walk-off, two-RBI triple that brought Tennessee back from a 2-1 deficit in the seventh inning to a 3-2 victory and a vital series sweep versus AU...Made just three errors in the field in registering a .973 fielding percentage while playing portions of 36 contests at either second base, shortstop or third base.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2008): Played in 64 contests for the Big Orange during the 2008 campaign while making 23 starts at second base...Hit .191 (17-of-89) for the year with 16 runs scored, four doubles, a home run, five steals and eight RBIs...Tallied a career-long five-game hitting streak including all three match-ups with #2 Florida, and contests against #25 Georgia and the #1 Gators in the SEC Tournament in Baton Rouge, La....During the skein Kajitani hit 5-of-16 for a .313 average...Hit a big solo home run to deep center in UT's 5-1 win over UGA to help sweep the Bulldogs for the second consecutive season...Doubled to knock in a pair of runners as part of a 1-for-2 effort in a 6-1 victory over Hofstra (2/16) at the USF Best Western Classic in Tampa, Fla....Also hammered two-baggers against Austin Peay (4/22), #2 Florida and #14 Georgia...In the series opener against UGA, Kajitani grounded into an RBI-producing fielder's choice to tie the score at 4-4 in a game UT would eventually win by a 6-4 count...Named a member of the SEC Spring Honor Roll for her efforts in the classroom.

AS A FRESHMAN (2007): Drew 25 starts in 57 games played during her freshman campaign in the Orange & White mainly at second base or in the outfield...Registered a .236 batting average (17-of-72) with 17 runs scored, four doubles, a home run, nine RBI and eight stolen bases in nine attempts...Played in five of the six contests at the Women's College World Series and drew a start in the final match-up of the best-of-three championship series against Arizona...Tallied a base knock and later crossed the dish in the fifth inning of the NCAA Super Regional-clinching triumph over No. 12 Hawai'i (5/26)...The San Bernardino, Calif., native doubled and singled with an RBI in UT's 12-0 (5 inn.) rout of Tennessee Tech on April 3...Combining the final contest of a three-game set with Arkansas (3/25) and the first match-up of a doubleheader against Liberty (3/26), she went 3-for-5 at the dish with a two-bagger and three runs scored...In the series finale versus Mississippi State (3/18), Kajitani doubled in a run in the first to knot the score at 1-1 and made it 4-1 Tennessee with an RBI base hit in the second as the Big Orange downed MSU, 5-1, for the sweep... Singled twice, doubled and knocked in a career-best three runs in UT's 9-1 throttling of Toledo (3/3)...Hammered first initial career home run as part of a 1-for-2, two-run, two-RBI effort against UC Davis (2/18) at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev....Her big fly actually struck the front of one of the vans rented by the Tennessee softball team during its stay at the event causing a small dent...Registered her first career hit at UT against the College of Charleston (2/11) in Chapel Hill, N.C., while going 2-for-2 at the plate...The game versus the Cougars was her initial start wearing the Orange & White.

HIGH SCHOOL: Another stellar UT recruit from the softball hotbed of California, Kajitani was named the CIF Southern Section Div. II Player of the Year in 2006 after leading her team to the CIF divisional championship...Was tabbed as a member of the 2006 EA SPORTS All-American Team...Registered an impressive junior campaign that saw her reap Louisville Slugger/ NFCA High School All-America and All-West Region honors after batting .520 (53-of-102) with 53 hits, 16 doubles and 36 stolen bases out of 38 attempts...A two-time San Andreas League Most Valuable Player (2004, 2005), three-time All-CIF selection and three-time Cal-Hi Sports all-state choice, Kajitani helped lead her Cajon H.S. team to three straight San Andreas League titles and was named all-San Andreas League (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) on four occasions, has reaped three NFCA All-West Region selections, has three-consecutive San Bernardino Sun and Riverside Press-Enterprise all-county nods and is twice the San Bernardino Area and County Player of the Year (2003, 2005)...The Los Angeles Times also chose Kajitani to its all-area squad in 2005 and 2006...She played summer softball for the Haning's OC Batbusters.

PERSONAL: Majoring in child and family studies with a minor in psychology...Goes by the nickname of "Peanut," which was given to her by her father when she was an infant...Lists winning the CIF title with her high school team in 2006 as her biggest thrill to date in softball...Admires television talk show host Oprah Winfrey for her efforts on behalf of women in the U.S...Lists former St. Louis Cardinal baseball player and World Series MVP David Eckstein as her hero for his hustle and respect for the game...Has a sister Maria, 27, and a brother, T.J., 26...Nicole Elizabeth Kajitani was born June 13, 1988, in San Bernardino, Calif...Her parents are Elizabeth and Tom Kajitani.

Kajitani's Batting Career Statistics

Year AVG GP-GS AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SB SBA BB SO HBP SF SH TB Slg % OB %
2007 .236 57-25 72 17 17 9 4 0 1 8 9 8 9 1 0 3 24 .333 .321
2008 .191 64-23 89 16 17 8 4 0 1 5 6 10 11 2 1 5 24 .270 .284
2009 .256 56-37 121 22 31 21 4 2 4 11 13 10 18 3 0 5 51 .421 .328
Totals .230 177-85 282 55 65 38 12 2 6 24 28 28 38 6 1 13 99 .351 .312
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