AS A SOPHOMORE (2012):
Owns an 26-3 record with a 1.22 ERA, 21 complete games, 15 solo shutouts (leads NCAA Division I in the category) and 265 strikeouts in 207.0 innings of work...Now possesses six victories over teams ranked #1, 2 or 3 in her brief career...Picked up her 13th conference win, allowing one run on one hit with eight K's over 4.2 frames against Ole Miss (4/27)...Earned a pair of victories and a save during the series at South Carolina (4/20-4/22)...Three-hit #22/21 LSU (4/13) in a complete-game shutout, 2-0, and worked 0.2 of a frame on April 14 to earn her third save of 2012 as UT topped the Bayou Bengals, 4-2...Carried a perfect game into the fourth inning of a 9-1 (5 inn.) win at Auburn (4/6), before settling for a one-hitter...Took a tough defeat over a career-high 11 innings of effort during a 3-1 (11 inn.) loss to #9/10 Georgia, losing a no-hitter after 6.2 frames via a solo HR...Bounced back from a loss to top Kentucky (4/1), 4-2, firing 2.2 frames of one-run relief...Suffered her first defeat since March 11, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with 10 K's over 6.2 frames during a 5-3 defeat to Kentucky (3/30)...Tossed her first career no-hitter on March 27 as Tennessee rolled past Furman, 8-0 (6 inn.)...Dealt #1 Alabama (3/21) its initial loss of the year, limiting the powerful Tide to just two runs on three hits in a complete-game effort...Was a perfect 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 16 K's over 12 innings with two solo blankings at Arkansas (starts on 3/16 & 3/18)...Struck out 11 in a two-hit shutout of Georgia Southern (3/13)...Permitted just one run on four hits while K'ing seven during a tough, 1-0 loss against #3/4 Florida (3/11), suffering her first defeat in the circle since May 22, 2011...Posted a season-high 15 strikeouts in three-hitting #3/4 Florida (3/9) as UT nabbed the series opener over the Gators, 1-0...Fired her second one-hit shutout and tallied 13 strikeouts as UT rolled past Memphis (3/3), 7-0...Was named the Most Valuable Pitcher at the NFCA Leadoff Classic after registering a 3-0 record with a 0.56 ERA during the event...Hit the 10-strikeout mark for the fourth time in 2012 as part of a two-hit shutout of Illinois State (2/25)...Hurled a five-hit blanking in a 5-0 win over UMass (2/26) and a four-hit shutout with eight K's during a 9-0 rout of #20/17 Georgia Tech (2/24)...Limited #13 Texas' high-powered offense to just one earned tally over 8.0 innings of work while K'ing six during UT's eventual 3-2 (9 inn.) loss on Feb. 19...Picked up her initial save of 2012 by finishing off Tennessee's 10-7 win over Illinois (2/17)...Was named the initial SEC Player of the Week (2/14) after her outstanding efforts at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz....Finally allowed a run, but still earned the win in the 9-6 triumph over Western Michigan, allowing five runs on six hits with 12 K's in a complete game...Picked up her fourth career win over a #1 or #2-ranked team by scattering seven hits in a 3-0 shutout at #1 and defending national champion Arizona State (2/11)...Earned the win in relief against San Diego State (2/11), allowing four hits and striking out five in 3.0 frames...Fired a two-hit gem with a season-high 14 strikeouts as UT topped Texas Tech (2/10), 1-0...Opened the campaign by tossing a one-hitter with 11 K's in the 7-0 season-opening victory against UCSB (2/9).
AS A FRESHMAN (2011):
Was tabbed as a third team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American as well as a first team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region selection...Named the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year as well as a second team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman choice...Picked up three wins as a rookie over teams rated #1 or #2 in the polls (#1 Alabama, #2 UCLA, #2 Georgia)...After posting a perfect 3-0 mark with a 0.76 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 18.1 innings of work while leading UT to the program's second SEC Tournament title (5/12-5/14 in Oxford, Miss.), Renfroe was chosen as the SEC Tournament's Most Valuable Player and as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week (5/17)...Led the SEC in ERA (counting league contests only) at 1.42, rated second in K's (125) and finished fourth in victories (10)...Overall, the 6-0 right-hander ranked second in the SEC (counting all games) in ERA (1.50) and strikeouts (259) while rating fourth in triumphs (26)...Finished 20th in NCAA Division I in strikeouts-per-seven-innings with a ratio of 9.0...Was twice honored as the SEC Pitcher of the Week (March 28, April 18) and SEC Freshman of the Week (March 21, April 4)...Suffered both defeats during NCAA Knoxville Regional action against #22 Oklahoma State (1-6 on 5/21; 5-6 on 5/22)...Was dealt the initial back-to-back losses of her career at #4 Florida (3-4 on 5/6; 2-7 on 5/8)...Struck out nine and scattered four hits in a complete-game, 2-0 win over Mississippi State (4/21)...Punched out 12 in a pair of complete-game victories at #21 LSU (6-0 on 4/15; 7-2 on 4/17)...Earned her third win of 2011 versus a #1 or #2-ranked squad by firing a complete game in a 9-4 triumph at #2 Georgia (4/6)...Picked up her first career save by tossing 1.1 innings of relief in a 5-1 win at #2 Georgia (4/6)...Joined former Lady Vol standout Monica Abbott as the only UT pitchers to record 20 K's in a single game, striking out an amazing 20 Tiger batters on a season-high 174 total pitches in a 2-1 (10 inn.) win over #22 Auburn (4/1)...Registered her second win of 2011 against a #1 or #2-rated team, giving up two hits and K'ing seven in a 4-1 triumph over #1 Alabama (3/22)...Punched out 15 Hawkeyes in a two-hitter as UT topped Iowa (3/18), 2-0...Despite striking out a then-career-high 13 batters, Renfroe took her first loss since Feb. 20, permitting two runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings in a 5-4 (10 inn.) series-finale loss at Kentucky (3/13)...Was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 26 K's over 18.2 innings at the Cathedral City Classic (2/24-2/26) and 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 21 K's in 14.0 frames during the Tennessee Classic (3/3-3/6), a run of seven consecutive decision wins...Announced herself on a national stage and earned a feature story on ESPNU.com in the process by K'ing 10 and giving up just a single run on six hits in a 7-1 rout of #2 UCLA (2/26) at Cathedral City, Calif....Struck out nine and didn't permit a hit in four frames of relief as Tennessee topped Loyola Marymount (2/25), 7-2...Allowed one tally and struck out six in topping #25 BYU (2/25), 4-1, earning UT Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly her 700th career victory...Suffered the initial loss of her career versus #19 Stanford (2/20), permitting one earned run on three hits in 1.2 frames...Struck out eight while improving to 4-0 via a 12-2 (5 inn.) rout of SIUE (2/19)...Didn't allow a run for her first 11 innings as a collegian until the fourth frame of an 11-2 (6 inn.) romp over Cal Poly (2/18)...Became the 10th Lady Vol pitcher all-time to win her collegiate debut, striking out six and allowing just three hits over five frames during an 11-0 (5 inn.) rout of Stetson (2/12).
Joining her sister Ivy (a 2011 UT sophomore) at Rocky Top, in-state signee Ellen Renfroe ventures to Tennessee from out of Trinity Christian Academy in Jackson, Tenn....The 2010 Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year, a 2010 MaxPreps Softball All-American selection and a 2010 Second Team ESPN/RISE All-American, Renfroe helped guide TCA to Tennessee Class A State Softball titles in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010, a Class A State runner-up finish in 2008 and five consecutive district, regional and sectional championships (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)...During her high school career Renfroe helped Trinity Christian Academy register five straight 40-win seasons and an overall school record of 224-19, including a sterling 46-1 mark in 2009 and a 49-2 tally in 2010...During her senior campaign (2010), Renfroe finished the year 40-2 overall from the circle with a 0.15 ERA, 545 strikeouts and just 14 walks over 271 innings of work...At the plate she was equally successful, hitting .340 with 55 runs scored, 11 doubles and 44 RBIs...After suffering an 1-0, opening round loss at the 2010 TSSAA Class A Tennessee State Tournament to Grace Baptist Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.), TCA reeled off six straight victories from the losers bracket by a combined score of 33-1, including back-to-back triumphs over Grace Baptist with Renfroe allowing just one run in 17 innings of work, to win the school's fourth state crown in five years...The righthander wrapped up her interscholastic career with a 0.31 ERA, a 115-9 career mark and 1,335 K's from the circle along with more than 20 no-hitters...The Jackson Sun selected Renfroe as its 2009 and 2010 All-West Tennessee Pitcher of the Year, 2008 Player of the Year and 2006 Newcomer of the Year while also choosing her as a first-team selection in 2007...A finalist for 2009 Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year, Renfroe was tabbed to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class A All-State squad in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and also reaped five nods as All-District 15 and a pair of All-District 15 MVP accolades...Renfroe has played Gold softball for the Tennessee Fury, the Tennessee Xplosion and the Illinois Southern Force, helping her 16U squad to third place at the ASA Gold Nationals...Also an exceptional student at Trinity Christian Academy, Renfroe carried a 4.6 GPA on a weighted scale and picked up numerous honors such as the TCA President's Award and the ACSI Distinguished Award for Athletics and Community Service...She was a member of the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students...Her softball teammates voted her the recipient of the "Lion Award" (for attitude and character) on three occasions.
Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Hopes to work in the psychology field after college...Admires Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (former St. Louis Cardinal) superstar Albert Pujols because of his success on the field and for his character and attiude off it...Favorite musical group(s) include Switchfoot and tobyMac...Has two sisters, Ivy, 20, and Anna, 17...Ellen Ruth Renfroe was born April 25, 1992, in Jackson, Tenn....Her parents are Marty and Emily Renfroe.