Feb. 1, 2014
We are only six days away from the start of the 2014 softball season! Six Lady Vols have worn No. 6 -- Jennifer Ortiz (1996), Maura Mollett (1998-2001), Blaine Teasley (2002-03, No. 6 in 2002 only), Katherine Card (2003-06), Natalee Weissinger (2008-09) and Hannah Akamine (2012-present, No. 6 2012-13).
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.
# Hannah Akamine wore No.6 from 2012-13 and will wear No. 12 starting this season.
#6 Katherine Card
2003-06 | UT | 5-9 | L/R | Soddy Daisy, Tenn
Card was one of the greatest clutch hitters and postseason performers in Tennessee softball history. Time after time, she came up with that one hit the Lady Vols would need to lift them to victory. In the 2005 hit a solid .375 at the Women's College World Series on her way to all-tournament honors. In UT's initial foray into WCWS play, the Soddy Daisy, Tenn., native's single down the right field line in the sixth inning scored the Lady Vols' lone run in a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Arizona. She followed that up in 2006 with a grand slam vs. Virginia Tech in NCAA Regionals, clutch RBI hits vs. Michigan in the Super Regionals and big solo homer in a win over Arizona in the WCWS. For her career, Card hit .308 with 21 homers, 147 RBIs and 118 runs scored.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Considers Lady Vol basketball legend Pat Summitt to be an influence because she has shown that a woman can hold her own in a male-dominated coaching field
- Became the second player from Soddy Daisy to compete on Tennessee's softball team, as Jenny Steele patrolled center field between 1996-99