Lady Vol Softball Jersey Countdown #3

Feb. 4, 2014

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Hard to believe, but we're just THREE days away from the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season! Seven Lady Vols have worn No. 3 -- Tracy Reidhead (1996-97), Janette Koshell (2000-01), Whitney Bradshaw (2002), Sarah Fekete (2003-06), Alexia Clay (2007), Ashton Ward (2008-09) and Leah Taylor (2010).

In January and February 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.

No. 3
3Tracey Reidhead1996-97SS135-135.364461110168139721
3Janette Koshell2000-01OF116-116.33035161116126211
3Whitney Bradshaw2002SS45-12.323311510041
3Sarah Fekete2003-06OF280-266.39874418929605685
3Alexia Clay2007C/OF59-33.29711812354560
3Ashton Ward2008-09P/OF16-5.2502045050
3Leah Taylor2010OF42-0.3333131014

No. 3
3Ashton Ward2008-09P/OF2.1230-742156264.0229

Player Headshot Looking Back...
#3 Tracy Reidhead
1996-97 | SS | 5-5 | S/R | Taylor, Ariz.

Tracy Reidhead was Tracy Fuentes in her Tennessee debut season in 1996. A dangerous hitter who possessed both power and speed, she burst onto the Knoxville scene after an All-American career at Central Arizona College in which she led the Vaqueras to the 1995 JUCO title. Fuentes hit .355 with six homers, 19 doubles, 51 RBIs, 65 runs and 10 stolen bases in 1996. She married Kamron Reidhead in the 1996 offseason and changed her name to Tracy Reidhead. In 1997, she led the Lady Vols with a .374 batting average, seven homers, 19 doubles, 82 hits, 46 RBIs, 45 runs and 11 stolen bases and earned First-Team All-SEC honors. Reidhead was also an outstanding student in the classroom, earning Third-Team Verizon Academic All-America accolades in 1997. She was named to the NFCA Scholar-Athlete Team in both 1996 and 1997.

- Besides playing sports, her interests include ranching and riding horses
- Family owns a ranch in New Mexico
- Lists her father and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young as her biggest athletic inspirations

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#3 Janette Koshell
2000-01 | OF/P | 5-5 | L/L | Granite Bay, Calif.

Koshell became the first Lady Vol to lead the team in batting average in back-to-back seasons. She joined UT after an All-American career at Sacramento City CC and made an instant impact in 2000, hitting a team-best .339 to go with five homers, 18 doubles, 39 RBIs, 37 runs and six stolen bases. Koshell led the team with a .322 batting average, seven homers, eight doubles, 23 RBis and 24 runs as a senior in 2001. She was just as impressive in the classroom, earning Academic All-SEC accolades in 2001 and 2002.

- Became the first Lady Vol to be drafted by the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL -- now known as NPF) when she was taken in the fifth round by the Akron Racers
- Believes that knowing her statistics will jinx her

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#3 Sarah Fekete
2003-06 | OF | 5-8 | L/R | Maryville, Tenn.

Fekete was one of the finest hitters in the history of the sport. Her career numbers speak for themselves as she hit .398, racking up 296 hits in 744 at-bats, scoring 189 runs, driving in 56 and swiping 85 bases. Fekete made an immediate impact her first two seasons, batting .320 as a freshman in 2003 and .322 as a sophomore in 2004 with 13 and 20 stolen bases, respectively. She took her game to the next level in 2005, hitting a team-best .414 while scoring 49 runs and stealing 30 bases. Her 2006 senior year was just incredible and may never be duplicated. She hit .500 (110-for-220) to lead all NCAA Division I batters and tacked on eight doubles, one triple, 34 RBIs, 61 runs and 22 stolen bases. Her OPS that year was 1.098. Fekete was a finalist for the Honda Award in 2006 and earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American and First Team All-SEC honors in 2005 and 2006. She was also a USA Softball Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist in 2006 and drafted by the Philadelphia Force. Her .500 batting average and 110 hits in 2006 are single-season UT records that may never be broken.

- Cites her father as her biggest influence because he always challenged her to work hard in order to accomplish her dreams
- Hobbies include fishing and going to the beach
- Superstitions include eating the same meal before each game, searing the same rubber bands and ribbon in her hair and drinking a Dr. Pepper





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