Jan. 14, 2014
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Twenty-four days remain until the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season!
In January and February UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Lady Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 7) with looks back at the many Lady Vols who donned jersey numbers 30-00.
Three Lady Vols have worn No. 24, including Kristi Durant (2003-06 and pictured above), Morgan Fowler (2010-12), and 2014 newcomer, Annie Aldrete. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the careers of Durant and Fowler!
#24 Kristi Durant
2003-06 | C/3B | 5-5 | L/R | Placentia, Calif.
Durant was one of the greatest hitters to ever play for UT. She finished her Lady Vol career with a .388 average, 106 runs, 315 hits, 10 homers, 49 doubles and 203 RBIs. She was a two-time NFCA All-American and stands in the top five of in several categories in the Tennessee record book and owns UT's single-season hitting streak record of 20 games (2003). Durant is third in hits and at-bats (812), fourth in batting average and RBIs and tied for fourth in doubles. She was a Top 25 Finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award in 2006 and also the first Lady Vol to be a First Team All-SEC selection in three consecutive years (2003-05). Durant's 2003 freshman year was one of the best in team history. She hit .424 with 86 hits, 15 doubles, 33 runs and 39 RBIs. As a senior in 2006, she battled back from injury with true grit and led the team with a .333 batting average in the Women's College World Series, including a 2-for-4, two-RBI effort to help Tennessee upset No. 1 UCLA.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Enjoys listening to music, playing sports and watching movies
- Cites biggest thrill as playing in the Women's College World Series
- The Weeklys on Durant: "Kristi is very solid with the game on the line. She is one of the best hitters I have ever coached at any level."
#24 Morgan Fowler
2010-12 | UTL | 5-7 | R/R | Camden, Tenn.
Fowler was a member of two WCWS teams (2010 and 2012) and had a knack for stepping up on the rare occasion her number was called. Over three seasons, she hit .462 with six hits, three extra-base hits, five RBIs, two runs and one walk in 13 career at-bats -- that's an incredible 1.346 career OPS. On Feb. 15, 2011, she knocked a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the third inning of UT's 18-0 win over ETSU. She served as a team manager in 2013, helping the Lady Vols behind the scenes en route to their sixth trip to Oklahoma City.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Enjoys watching black and white movies and is an avid reader
- Noted that her post-college goal was to go into forensics with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
#24 Annie Aldrete
2014 | C/IF | 5-6 | R/R | Monterey, Calif.
Aldrete is the third player to ever wear UT's No. 24. This promising freshman catcher/infielder from Monterey, Calif., hit a county-record 32 homers for Santa Catalina High School and is coming off of a big 2013 season as a high school senior, hitting .435 with eight homers, eight doubles, 34 RBIs and 32 runs. During the fall exhibition season, she displayed good power at the plate with a homer, five doubles and nine RBIs.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Favorite athlete and childhood idol is Tennessee basketball legend Candace Parker and has always admired Pat Summitt -- basketball was her first sport
- Father Richard Aldrete was a former All-American baseball player at Cal and played minor league baseball in the Milwaukee Brewers' system. Her uncle, Mike Aldrete, is the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Her cousin, Michael Aldrete, is in the minor leagues and her cousin, Blake Aldrete, plays college baseball for Sonoma State.