Jan. 26, 2014
Just a dozen days separate us from the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season. Today, we look at the three Lady Vols who have donned No. 12 and one current Big Orange player who will switch to No. 12 this year -- Nadia Cameron (1999-2000), Amber Rhinehart (2001-04), Allison Fulmer (2007-09) and Hannah Akamine (2012-present, switching to No. 12 this year).
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.
* Akamine wore No. 6 in 2012 and 2013 and has switched to No. 12, starting in the 2014 season.
#12 Amber Rhinehart
2001-04 | 1B/DP | 5-9 | L/L | Citrus Heights, Calif.
After an ACL injury sidelined her for her most of 2001, Rhinehart came back strong in 2002, batting .325 with six homers, 12 doubles, four triples, 28 RBIs and 29 runs. Her 2003 season was even better. Rhinehart hit .340 with seven homers, 19 doubles, 37 RBIs and 33 runs and earned Second Team All-SEC honors. In 2004, she hit .277, bashed 10 homers and 11 doubles and totaled 48 RBIs and 24 runs. Rhinehart remains in UT's top 10 in doubles (t-eighth) and home runs (10th).
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Hobbies include hanging out with friends, going to movies and shopping
- Admires legendary slugger Babe Ruth
#12 Hannah Akamine
2012-pres. | C/IF | 5-7 | R/R | Escondido, Calif.
After seeing action in 35 games as a freshman in 2012, Akamine enjoyed a strong 2013 sophomore year as Tennessee's starting catcher. She hit .285 with three homers, three doubles, 19 RBIs and 20 runs scored and displayed a strong right arm behind the plate, throwing out 13 of 22 runners trying to steal second. A rough collision at the plate to tag out Ole Miss first baseman Londen Ladner on April 20, 2013, proved how tough of a catcher Akamine is. In the NCAA Super Regionals against Alabama, she hit a solo homer in the bottom of the second inning to tie the Game 1 at 1-1 and UT eventually won, 3-2. She hit .307 in the 2013 WCWS with a double in in UT's win over Washington. She wore No. 6 in 2012 and 2013, but will switch to No. 12 for her 2014 junior season.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Hails from a well-known softball family as her two older sisters also played Division I collegiate softball. Sarah Akamine played at Arizona and Lisa Akamine played at Penn State
- Lists her superstition as drawing an "X" in front of home plate before each at-bat