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2011 Softball Blog #8 -- Senior Heather Mott

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It's hard to believe we are approaching the end of regular season play. We have accomplished so much already this year, yet still are looking to accomplish even more. We had a record breaking start to the season, now we are ready to have a record breaking ending. This team has been "the first" on so many accounts, but the one account we want more than any is to be the first to go to the NCAA tournament. With seven games left in regular season play, we will soon get our shot at once again rewriting the record books!

Earlier in the month, Tulsa gave us bit of a headache and swept us on our home field. Fact or Fiction: Tigers are very territorial and seek revenge when an enemy invades their territory. I will have to check with the Discovery Channel, but judging by the way our team has responded to the Tulsa series, I'm thinking this is a fact! Ever since the Tulsa invasion, we have had great performances from every aspect of the game. It's almost as if we are operating in a "Refuse to Lose" gear. It's a pretty good gear to be in at this point in the season, so I don't see us switching gears anytime soon!

Last week we headed to Little Rock to face SEC opponent Arkansas. Arkansas joined Kentucky in our list of SEC wins. This game is becoming a tradition between our schools. The location of the contest is labeled as "neutral". Not sure if I fully agree as 99 percent of the fans were dressed in maroon and white. We did have at least one fan dressed in royal that I remember seeing. He stuck out like a sore thumb. It was Lauren Carley's boyfriend who is from the Little Rock area. Hopefully, we will start accumulating more and more fans every year. We did some great things that game but two things in particular stick out in my mind. The first, Jessica (Phillips) did a little re-writing of the record books of her own and became the single-season homerun leader. This is a great accomplishment for a player who deserves it! Second, Kamri (Chester) made two of the best plays in the outfield that I have ever seen. She stole back-to-back homeruns by showing off her speed and crashing through the temporary fence. These were big plays because it prevented Arkansas from gaining any life.

It's the last week of classes. Wednesday marks the end of the semester with Thursday reserved for study day and Friday starting Finals. Aside from the stress of Finals, it's an exciting time during the season as we will soon have nothing to study for and all our focus will be shifted to softball. I take pride in being a Student-Athlete but I am counting down the days when I can finish out the season as just an Athlete!

We have a mid-week game against UT-Martin and then take on UAB this weekend. It should be a fun weekend as many friends and families will be in town for Senior Day. Looking forward to another great week!

Go Tigers!

Heather Mott #10

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