March 30, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Keep the accolades coming for Tennessee freshman softball player Kat Dotson as the Savannah, Ga., native has now added the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week award to her growing list of accomplishments according to a Tuesday release from ASA/USA Softball.
The 5-9 right fielder was previously tabbed as the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week on Monday, March 29.
"I am very honored to receive the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week award and proud to represent Tennessee," Dotson said. "I have worked really hard on my game and am glad to see my hard work paying off this season. I couldn't achieve anything without my teammates. They are there to help me each day and always willing to help me get better."
With the selection Dotson joins an impressive list of former Lady Vols who have received the USA Softball National Player of the Week honor during their careers in the Orange & White. Included are former Tennessee All-Americans Monica Abbott, Tonya Callahan and Lindsay Schutzler as well as current All-American teammate senior catcher Tiffany Huff.
Dotson led the way offensively for the Lady Vols against Kentucky and Ole Miss by recording an amazing .769 (10-of-13) batting average with a team-best six RBIs. She posted a skein of seven consecutive hits, good for a tie for the 14th longest streak in NCAA Division I history, and reached safely by hit or walk over nine consecutive plate appearances (eight hits, one walk) from the 10th inning of the DH opener against Kentucky through the first frame of the doubleheader finale versus Ole Miss. She came up big in the clutch for UT during its marathon, 4-3 (10 inn.), triumph over the `Cats, knocking in the tying tally during the sixth frame and later delivering a clutch, walk-off single to right center to secure the comeback, extra-inning victory. Dotson recorded a career-best four hits in four at-bats with a double and three RBIs in the 7-1 win over UK and made it two perfect efforts at the plate for the week with a 2-for-2 performance during the 4-2 victory versus the Rebels.
"This is a tremendous honor for both the Tennessee softball program and Kat Dotson," Lady Vol co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "She is a wonderful person, student and softball player and epitomizes the term student-athlete. We are so very proud of her for what she has accomplished."
No. 17 Tennessee (25-7. 7-3 SEC) will play a single contest against in-state foe Middle Tennessee on Wed., March 31, at Lee Softball Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. ET with live stats available via Gametracker through utladyvols.com.