Jan. 8, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season is 30 days away!
In January and February UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Lady Vols' 2014 campaign with looks back at the many Lady Vols who donned jersey numbers 30-00.
The 2014 season starts on Feb. 7 when the Lady Vols take on Northern Colorado in the Georgia Southern Tournament in Stateboro, Ga. UT's first home game is on March 5, when UT hosts a doubleheader against Wright State starting at 5 p.m. at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Lady Vols' first SEC home series of the season is against South Carolina with three games from March 21-23.
Tennessee enjoyed one of its finest seasons in program history in 2013, finishing as the national runner-up, making its sixth Women's College World Series appearance in nine years and posting its eighth 50-win season with a final record of 52-12. UT returns several key players from its 2013 WCWS Championship Series run, including All-American seniors Ellen Renfroe (2011, 2012) and Madison Shipman (2012, 2013). With 11 returning veterans and seven exciting newcomers, Tennessee is primed for another big season and has goals that culminate in Oklahoma City.
To celebrate being just 30 days out, let's hop in the DeLorean and travel back 14 years to get the rundown on the only Lady Vol to ever wear No. 30, alum April Phillips (1997-2000 and pictured above).
#30 APRIL PHILLIPS
1997-2000 | OF | 5-6 | S/R | Charlotte, N.C.
Phillips was a switch-hitting outfielder who saw action in all four seasons and finished with a .272 career batting average and 117 runs scored. She saw her role expand with each season and established herself as an offensive threat as a sophomore in 1998 when she hit a career-best .308, scored 23 runs and stole 10 bases. As as senior in 2000, Phillips started 62 of 66 games and led the team with 38 runs ans 12 stolen bases. One of her standout games as a senior came on April 21 when she went 4-for-4 with a then-school-record-tying three stolen bases in a 10-2, five-frame rout of Radford in the Rocky Top Markets Lady Vol Classic.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Superstition is to never cross the bats
- Favorite athletes are Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Dot Richardson
- Enjoys mountain biking, playing billiards, shopping and watching horror movies