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Six standout Division I student-athletes have been selected for top honors in the current edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com: BYU record-setting senior miler Miles Batty, Stanford junior tennis player Mallory Burdette, Colorado senior cross-country skier Eliska Hajkova, Northeastern women's hockey junior forward Casey Pickett, Tennessee softball junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe and Princeton freshman women's fencing foilist Ambika Singh. These six impressive competitors have been tabbed for the top national award, as the CollegeSports360 Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for all of Division I athletics. They are joined by 11 others in comprising the Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of 24 Division I sports that were in action during the week of Feb. 6-12.
CollegeSports360.com Primetime Performers of the Week - Feb. 14
Our very own sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman is included on the front page photo.
Check out the beginning to his preview breakdown below and click on the link at the bottom to visit the article on ESPN.com:
No. 8 Tennessee
Last year: 49-12 overall, 20-8 SEC (lost in Knoxville Regional)
Who returns: Hits, hits and more hits return. Tennessee led the NCAA with a .348 batting average last season, and four of the five players who contributed the most hits to that average return. Raven Chavanne ranked seventh in the nation with a .455 batting average and led the Lady Vols with 33 stolen bases. She'll settle in at third base after splitting time between the outfield and third last season, although she won't settle in there until at least the third weekend of the regular season after sustaining a broken hand in the preseason. Second baseman Lauren Gibson's 1.188 OPS led the team last season and she's perhaps poised for even better things after earning playing time with the senior United States national team that won gold in the Pan-Am Games last fall. Kat Dotson made it three players who hit better than .400 last season and was a double-double threat in home runs (10) and stolen bases (26), while Shelby Burchell is the leading returning slugger after a breakout junior season in which she hit 15 home runs.
Balls and Strikes Online Magazine Dec. 2011 (Gibson Q&A on pgs. 58-59)
Q-A with Lauren Gibson.pdf
Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson and Kelly Grieve helped Team USA to an 8-0 (6 inn.) victory over Argentina to finish off the Pan Am Games preliminary round with a perfect 7-0 record. The Americans secured the No. 1 seed in the playoff round and will face-off against No. 2 seed Cuba on Sat., Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. ET.
Lauren Gibson doubled, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run as part of a 1-for-3 effort while starting at second base and hitting third in the line-up. Kelly Grieve led-off and was 0-for-3 as the starting center fielder.
Gibson - Seven games/six starts, .500 avg. (6-for-12), four runs, double, two triples, three RBIs, two walks, three hit by pitch, 2-for-2 stolen bases
Grieve - Six games/four starts, .182 avg. (2-for-11), three runs, two RBIs, two walks
Pan Am Softball Playoffs- Saturday (October 22)
GM 1: No. 3 Canada vs. No. 4 Venezuela - 5 p.m. ET
GM 2: No. 1 USA vs. No. 2 Cuba - 7 p.m. ET
Finals- Sunday (October 23)
GM 3: Winner of GM 1 vs. Loser of GM 2 - 11 a.m. ET (Bronze Medal Game)
GM 4: Winner of GM 2 vs. Winner of GM 3 - Noon (Gold Medal Game)
Lauren Gibson started the contest at second base and was moved up to hit third in the Team USA order. The Pasadena, Md., native was 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks. Kelly Grieve saw action in the game as a pinch runner.
Cumulative Pan Am Stats
Gibson -- Six games played/five starts, .556 avg. (5-for-9), two triples, three runs, three RBIs
Grieve -- Five games played/three starts, .250 avg. (2-for-8), three runs, two walks, two RBIs
Fri., Oct. 21 Team USA Pan Am Schedule
Gametracker - U.S. vs. Argentina - 5 p.m. ET
Gibson started at second base for the Americans, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a third-inning triple and an RBI. Grieve did not see action against the Cuban team.
U.S. vs. Cuba Box Score
vs. Puerto Rico
Grieve started in the designated player role, batting second in the line-up, and also played left field. The Asheville, N.C., native was 2-for-4 at the plate with a fourth-inning RBI. Gibson entered the contest as a pinch runner and also played second base, but did not bat against Puerto Rico.
U.S. vs. Puerto Rico Box Score
Cumulative Pan Am Stats
Gibson -- Five games played/four starts, .571 avg. (4-for-7), two triples, two runs, two RBIs
Grieve -- Four games played/three starts, .250 avg. (2-for-8), three runs, two walks, two RBIs
Wed., Oct. 20 Team USA Pan Am Schedule
U.S. vs. Canada Gametracker - 2 p.m. ET
vs. the Dominican Republic
Gibson started at second base and wasn't credited with an official at-bat after getting hit by two pitches, one with the bases loaded, in recording an RBI. Grieve was the U.S. starting center fielder and went 0-1 at the plate with two walks (one with the bases loaded), a run scored and an RBI.
U.S. vs. Dominican Republic Box Score
In Team USA's nightcap, Gibson again started at second base, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Grieve started for the Americans in right field and was 0-for-3 with a run.
U.S. vs. Mexico Box Score
Overall Pan Am Games Stats
Gibson -- three games played/three starts, .600 avg. (3-for-5), run, triple, one RBI, two hit by pitch, 1-for-1 on steals
Grieve -- three games played/two starts, .000 avg. (0-for-4), three runs, one RBI, two walks
Gametracker -- U.S. vs. Cuba 2 p.m. ET
Gametracker -- U.S. vs. Puerto Rico 5 p.m. ET