Rainey  Gaffin

42Rainey Gaffin


Thornton, Colo.

High School:





  • At Bats: 5 (2x), last vs. NC State (5/18/13)
  • Runs: 3 (3x), last vs. St. John's (2/15/15)
  • Hits: 4 vs. Middle Tennessee (3/18/14)
  • Hit Streak: 9 games (2x), last 3/27/16- 4/10/16
  • RBIs: 6 vs. Texas A&M (4/9/16)
  • Doubles: 2 (3x), last vs. Texas A&M (4/8/16)
  • Triples: 1 (10x), last vs. Lipscomb (4/24/16)
  • Home Runs: 1 (15x), last at Ole Miss (5/8/16)
  • Walks: 3 (3x), last vs. Tennessee Tech (4/27/16)
  • Stolen Bases: 2 (3x), last vs. Tennessee Tech (4/8/14)


  • Innings Pitched: 7.0 (6x), last at Missouri (4/1/16)
  • Strikeouts: 11 at South Carolina (3/14/15)
  • No-Hitters: 1 vs. Wright State (3/5/14)


  • NFCA Division I All-American (3rd Team) -- 2016
  • NFCA Division I All-Southeast Region (1st Team) -- 2016
  • Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete - 2016
  • All-SEC (2nd Team) -- 2016
  • SEC All-Defensive Team -- 2016
  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 "Watch List" -- 2016
  • Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week -- 4/12/16
  • SEC Player of the Week -- 4/11/16
  • Preseason All-SEC Team -- 2016
  • NFCA Division I All-American (2nd Team) -- 2015
  • NFCA Division I All-Southeast Region (2nd Team) -- 2015
  • NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete -- 2015
  • SEC All-Defensive Team -- 2015
  • Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2014
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll -- 2013

AS A SENIOR (2016)

  • Set career highs in batting average (.380), RBIs (38), on-base percentage (.503), slugging percentage (.628) and saves (five)
  • Hit fifth homer of the year while going 3-for-3 with two RBIs in series-clinching win at Ole Miss (5/8)
  • Drove in two runs in a 2-for-3 performance vs. No. 3 Auburn (5/1)
  • Pitched a complete-game shutout with six strikeouts to earn her ninth win of the season over Tennessee Tech (4/27)
  • Collected her fifth save of the season after pitching two scoreless innings, striking out two, at No. 10 Georgia (4/17)
  • Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week (4/4-4/10)
  • SEC Player of the Week (4/4-4/10)
  • Blasted a grand slam en route to a career-high 6-RBI game vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (4/9)
  • Ripped two doubles and recorded two RBIs in a 3-for-4 showing vs. No. 10 Texas A&M (4/80
  • Allowed just one hit through 4.0 scoreless innings in her sixth start of the season, fanning five batters and giving up no walks vs. Kennesaw State (4/5)
  • Struck out five and allowed one hit in four scoreless innings at Lipscomb (3/29)
  • Blasted a solo home run vs. No. 25 Mississippi State (3/27)
  • Struck out three, allowed two hits and two runs in the complete game win vs. No. 25 Mississippi State (3/25)
  • Pitched 3.0 innings of relief, giving up just one hit and striking out five batters to earn her fourth save of the season vs. St. John's (3/6)
  • Homered for the second consecutive game, blasting a 3-run shot vs. DePaul (2/21)
  • Blasted a solo shot, walked once and earned the save after striking out four in 1.1 innings of scoreless work vs. USF (2/20)
  • Ripped an RBI double and scored a run in a 3-for-3 performance vs. San Jose State (2/13)
  • Struck out eight and allowed five hits over 4.1 innings of scoreless work vs. BYU (2/11)

AS A JUNIOR (2015)

  • Games/Starts: 62/62
  • Pitching Appearances/Starts: 40/12
  • Had 10 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games
  • Was driving force in the circle in NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals -- went 3-0 with 0.44 ERA, 16 strikeouts, 16.0 IP, just one earned run allowed and .123 opposing BA over four appearances
  • Shut down Florida State (5/22) in Knoxville Super Regional Game 3, fanning four and allowing just one run over 7.0 IP to punch ticket to WCWS
  • Tossed three perfect innings in relief with six strikeouts vs. Utah (5/17) to give UT the Knoxville Regional title
  • Struck out seven over seven strong innings with just one run allowed in win over Kentucky (5/1)
  • Posted three-straight multi-hit games, going 6-for-9 with three RBIs and two runs in series sweep of Kentucky (5/1-3)
  • Knocked an RBI double in a 2-for-4 game at Mississippi State (4/19)
  • Ripped a two-run double and fanned four in 1.2 shutout innings vs. EKU (4/8)
  • Clubbed a two-run double to left center at No. 7 Auburn (4/4)
  • Fanned seven and allowed two earned runs over five innings in the win at No. 7 Auburn (4/3)
  • Struck out six over 3.2 perfect innings to earn the win and sweep No. 7 Georgia (3/30)
  • Fanned three in two scoreless relief innings vs. No. 7 Georgia (3/29)
  • Hammered a two-run shot down the right field line in a 1-for-2 game vs. ETSU (3/24)
  • Tripled down the right field line in a 1-for-2 game vs. WKU (3/17)
  • Ripped a two-RBI triple in a 1-for-3 game at South Carolina (3/15)
  • Fanned a career high 11 batters, allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings at South Carolina (3/14)
  • Doubled, recorded one RBI and scored one run vs. Indiana State (3/7)
  • Allowed no runs, one hit and struck out two over 3.2 innings of relief vs. Utah (2/21)
  • Scored three runs at the plate while allowing no hits and striking out four over 1.2 innings in relief vs. St. John's (2/15)
  • Began season on a seven-game hit streak, having multiple hits in four of those games (2/6 - 2/14)
  • Blasted a two-run homer and scored two runs at USF (2/14)
  • Went 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored one run vs. Florida Gulf Coast (2/13)
  • Smashed a solo homer and scored two runs in a 2-for-4 game vs. Fordham (2/13)
  • Recorded her first win of the season, striking out four, allowing two runs and five hits over five innings vs. Northern Kentucky (2/8)
  • Hit 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored at Kennesaw State (2/7)
  • Blasted her second career grand slam and ripped a two-out RBI double in a five-RBI, 2-for-4 game vs. Dayton (2/6)
  • Smashed a two-run homer and pitched three innings in relief, allowing no runs, two hits and striking out five vs. Ohio (2/6)


  • Games/Starts: 45/44
  • Pitching Appearances/Starts: 20/3
  • Had nine multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games
  • In the circle, threw a no-hitter on March 5 and limited opposing hitters to a .156 batting average
  • Hit a double vs. Oklahoma (5/24) in Game 2 of the Norman Super Regional
  • Went 2-for-3 with solo homer and two runs vs. Virginia Tech (5/17) in NCAA Regional
  • Set new career high with three runs vs. Charleston Southern (5/16) in NCAA Regional
  • Tossed five shutout relief innings with three strikeouts in a one-hit relief outing to earn win vs. Ole Miss (5/4)
  • Matched career high with five RBIs and went 2-for-3 with two doubles and was sensational as a relief pitcher, striking out seven over 4.2 innings of one-hit shutout ball to earn win vs. Ole Miss (5/2)
  • Ripped a triple, hit an RBI single and earned the win with three strikeouts over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief at No. 21 Texas A&M (4/12); marked her first win vs. an SEC opponent
  • Ripped an RBI single, scored two runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-4 game vs. Tennessee Tech (4/8)
  • Struck out two and allowed one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief at LSU (4/5)
  • Had career-best nine-game hitting streak from March 11-28, a stretch that spanned two non-conference midweek games and three SEC series
  • Smacked her second triple of the season vs. No. 4 Florida (3/28)
  • Went 2-for-2 and scored two runs vs. South Carolina (3/21)
  • Ended the game on a walk-off, RBI single while going 4-for-4 vs. MTSU (3/18)
  • Hit 5-for-9 and scored two runs in the opening SEC series at Arkansas (3/14 - 3/15)
  • Went 3-for-3, including an RBI triple, and recorded three RBIs vs. Western Carolina (3/11)
  • Fanned three and allowed three hits over four scoreless frames in the win vs. College of Charleston (3/9)
  • Threw a no-hitter, striking out six over six innings, in her first collegiate start as a pitcher vs. Wright State (3/5)
  • Pitched out of a bases-loaded, 1-out jam as a reliever vs. Fresno State (2/23)
  • Blasted a solo home run in a 1-for-2 game vs. No. 11/12 Nebraska (2/22)
  • Recorded her first hit of 2014 season vs. Wright State (2/16)
  • Struck out eight over four innings to earn her second victory of the season at USF (2/15)
  • Scored two runs in the opening weekend of the 2014 season (2/7-2/9)
  • Struck out seven in 2.2 innings in her first collegiate appearance as pitcher vs. Northern Colorado (2/8)


  • Games Played/Started: 57/38
  • Hit .290 (27-for-93) with three homers, six doubles, two triples, 24 RBIs, 19 runs, 23 walks and three stolen bases
  • Recorded six multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games
  • Hit game-winning RBI triple to lift UT past NC State in 11-inning NCAA Regional battle (5/18)
  • Hit a two-run homer in NCAA Regional win over Longwood (5/17)
  • Went 2-for-3 with one stolen base vs. Missouri at SEC Tournament (5/11)
  • Hit a double and scored a run at Missouri (5/5)
  • Hit an RBI single, scored once and drew a walk at Missouri (5/4)
  • Drew two walks and drove in one run vs. Auburn (4/12)
  • Drove in one run and scored one run vs. TTU (4/10)
  • Hit a grand slam (first of career), went 2-for-2, drove in five runs and scored twice in win over Eastern Kenetucky (3/27)
  • Hit first homer of career, a three-run shot in the fourth, against Murray State (3/19), going 2-for-3 with three RBIs
  • Hit RBI double to center field vs. No. 1/2 Alabama (3/9) to plate winning run in sixth inning
  • Drove in a run vs. Charleston Southern (3/1)
  • Went 2-for-2 with a double vs. Cal State Fullerton (2/21)
  • Hit a double and drove in a run vs. Long Beach State (2/21)
  • Hit a two-RBI single, scored a run and drew a walk vs. Coastal Carolina (2/15)
  • Hit 2-for-3, two RBIs and two scores vs. Idaho State (2/8)
  • Batted 1-for-1, with RBI and score in career debut (2/7) against Southern Utah


  • Was a four-year softball letterwinner for Legacy High School, serving as a captain in junior and senior seasons
  • Starred as both a pitcher and an outfielder for the Lightning
  • Helped lead Legacy to four 5A state titles from 2008-11 and a 95-4-1 record in that stretch
  • Was also a basketball and track athlete at Legacy
  • As a senior: .593 BA, 15 HRs, 48 RBIs, 12 SBs, 21-2 record, 1.71 ERA, 127 Ks
  • As a junior: .693 BA, 4 HRs, 30 RBIs, 10 SBs, 24-0 record, 1.06 ERA, 68 Ks
  • As a sophomore: .333 BA, 2 HRs, 19 RBIs, 10 SBs, 4-0 record, 0.70 ERA, 15 Ks
  • As a freshman: .300 BA, 6 RBIs, 15 SBs, 3-1 record, 1.51 ERA, 10 Ks
  • 2012 NFCA First Team All-American
  • 2012 NFCA All-American Western Region
  • Named 2012 NHSCA Player of the year and inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • 2011 and 2012 Colorado Sportswoman of the Year
  • 2010-11 and 2011-12 Gatorade Player of the Year
  • NHSCA 2011/November Sportswoman of the Year
  • 2011 5A all-state selection
  • 2010 5A all-state, All-Colorado selection and state tournament MVP
  • 2009 5A all-state selection
  • Played club ball for the Corona Angels and the Colorado Stars (three-year captain)
  • 2010: Corona Angels took second at Premier Naitonals and second at the CA Champions Cup
  • 2009: Colorado Stars took second at ASA Northern Nationals and won the Triple Crown State


  • 2016 USA Softball Women's Elite Team
  • Attended 2016 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp in Irvine, Calif.


  • Recipient of Frankie E. Wade Scholarship
  • Majoring in Psychology
  • Earned CHSAA All-State Academic honors from 2008-2011
  • Principal's Honor Roll student
  • Always wears the same bow/headband and writes "Next Play" on her shoes
  • Mother is Dawn Gaffin
  • Has three siblings: Morgan Gaffin and step-sisters Katherine Whelan, Michaela Wagar
  • Chose Tennessee over Washington and Oregon
  • Rainey Danae' Gaffin was born on Sept. 4, 1994, in Louisville, Colo.


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