Jan. 11, 2014
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Our Tennessee Softball Jersey Countdown has reached 27 days until the start of the 2014 season! Like No.'s 30-28, there has been only one Lady Vol to ever don the No. 27 and that's recent alum and legendary second baseman Lauren Gibson (2010-13)!
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.
Gibson was an all-time great in Tennessee softball history. Let's go back just a few years and reflect on her amazing career!
#27 Lauren Gibson
2010-12 | 2B | 5-6 | L/R | Pasadena, Md.
Gibson was one of the most feared hitters to ever wear the Orange and White. She completed her Tennessee career with .361 batting average, 245 hits, 188 runs, 46 homers, 42 doubles, six triples, 216 RBIs and 46 stolen bases. Her 46 career homers rank second in UT history while her .644 slugging percentage is tied for second, 1.128 OPS ranks second, 137 walks rank second, 216 RBIs rank fourth and 188 runs rank fifth. Her list of awards is incredible, but a few highlights include 2013 SEC Player of the Year, three-time, first-team NFCA All-American (2011-13) and three-time All-SEC selection. Gibson's breakout year was as a sophomore in 2011 when she hit .420 with eight homers and 63 RBIs. After a strong junior campaign where she hit 13 homers, Gibson saved her best for last. Her 2013 senior year will go down as one of the finest single-seasons in Tennessee history. She hit .401 and bashed a Lady Vol-record 19 homers to go with 14 doubles, 68 RBIs, 68 runs and 15 stolen bases. LG's 1.340 OPS in 2013 is the second-best in program history (Tonya Callahan's 1.484 in 2008 is the record). On April 20, 2013, she had the most explosive single-game performance by a Lady Vol, going 4-for-5 with three homers (school record), one double, four runs and nine RBIs (tied school record) to lead UT to a 15-5, six-inning thrashing of Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. At the 2013 Women's College World Series, she crushed a solo home run in the first inning and scored the winning run in the top of the sixth to lead Tennessee past Texas, 2-1, to punch the Lady Vols' ticket to the Championship Series.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Lists Ken Griffey, Jr., as the athlete after whom she has modeled her game because of the love he had for his sport
- In high school, she was the 2008 Gatorade/RISE Magazine State Player of the Year for Maryland and a 2008 ESPN/Under Armour All-American
- LOVES Dr. Pepper (in case you never noticed)