Jan. 10, 2014
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Twenty-eight days remain until the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season!
In January and February UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Lady Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 7) with looks back at the many Lady Vols who donned jersey numbers 30-00.
There's only been one Lady Vol to ever wear No. 28 and that's Shelby Burchell (2009-12 and pictured above). Let's take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the career of Burchell, the first Tennessee native on our jersey countdown!
#28 Shelby Burchell
2009-12 | UT | 5-7 | R/R | Columbia, Tenn.
Burchell was one of the best utilty players in UT history (and there are a bunch) and shined in big moments. She made 205 career starts, seeing action at right field (32 starts), left field (21) catcher (11), first base (46) and DP (95). She finished her career with a .284 batting average, 153 hits, 27 homers (which rank sixth in UT history), 24 doubles, two triples and 136 RBIs. Her breakout season was her 2011 junior year when she hit .325 with 15 homers, six doubles one triple and 54 RBIs. Burchell's signature moment of that season was a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the eighth that gave Tennessee a 6-5 win over Georgia for the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship. In 2012, Burchell came up with more big hits. In the third game of the 2012 Knoxville Super Regional on May 27, 2012, after Georgia had won Game 2 earlier that day to force Game 3, Burchell hit a sixth-inning, bases-loaded single to tie the game at 1-1 and set up a bases-loaded sac fly for Kat Dotson, which gave UT the lead and a trip to the 2012 Women's College World Series.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Lists playing piano, jet skiing, reading and spending time with family and friends as interests outside of softball
- Former U.S. Soccer standout and Olympian Mia Hamm is the athlete she admires the most
- Quote from Ralph Weekly prior to 2009 freshman year: "Her powerful bat makes it important for Karen and I to get her in the lineup as much as possible." ... and they did just that!