Lady Vol Softball Jersey Countdown #26

Jan. 12, 2014

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There are just 26 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season! No player in UT history has ever worn No. 26. So, today we will glance back at all of the Lady Vols who wore jersey numbers 31 or higher -- and there were a bunch!

In January and February 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.

Some of UT's all-time greatest players wore big numbers and put up even bigger numbers. That group includes six of Tennessee's 12 NFCA All-Americans -- No. 33 Lindsay Schutzler (All-American in 2005, 2006 and 2007), No. 33 Kat Dotson (2010), No. 35 Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008), No. 44 Madison Shipman (2012, 2013), No. 52 Tiffany Huff (2009) and No. 88 Raven Chavanne (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

Big jersey numbers have been a signature of some of Tennessee's greatest power hitters. Three of UT's top five RBI producers (Tonya Callahan, Tiffany Huff, Carrie Swinford) have worn numbers 32 and up. The 16 players who have worn numbers 31-99 have combined for 220 of the 767 home runs hit in Tennessee history (26.3 percent).

Three current Lady Vols are in this group of jersey numbers 31 and up, including No. 42 Rainey Gaffin. No. 44 Shipman and No. 77 Cheyanne Tarango.

No.'s 31 to 99
31Chemil Washington2003OF/P41-15.0793843040
31Jennifer Griffin2006-073B/DP112-107.2892634976135414
32Carrie Swinford1996-99C/3B269-167.3388161862762819736
33Lindsay Schutzler2004-07OF296-294.38394624136213152120
33Kat Dotson2010-13OF246-245.3687141852631816590
35Tonya Callahan2005-08IF289-288.373762144284512416
39Hannah Low2001-02OF115-113.231299526914422
42Ashley Holmes2011OF11-0.250802000
42Rainey Gaffin2013-pres.OF57-38.2909319273243
44Madison Shipman2011-pres.SS188-184.3275591211832615345
45Ellisha Humphrey2001-04OF239-171.218409668942820
52Tiffany Huff2007-10C/1B250-250.3396901402342422027
55Amanda Poppleton2009UT7-0.000020001
77Cheyanne Tarango2012-pres.IF/P118-95.246276366812620
88Raven Chavanne2010-133B/OF246-246.44280324435513107143
99Rachael Mink2001C21-11.2423318170

Player Headshot Some Of The Big Numbers....
#32 Carrie Swinford
1996-99 | C/3B | 5-6 | R/R | Carrollton, Ohio

Swinford was one of Tennessee's first stars. As a freshman member of the inaugural 1996 team, she hit .354 with 13 homers, 14 doubles, two triples and 59 RBIs. She hit .338 for her career and her 28 home runs and her 197 RBIs both rank fifth in UT history. Swinford was a doubles machine and her 64 two-baggers rank second in program history.

- Nicknamed "Swinny" by her teammates
- Hobbies include collecting Michael Jordan posters, drawing, camping and water skiiing

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#33 Lindsay Schutzler
2004-07 | OF | 5-5 | L/R | Monterey, Calif.

Schutzler was one of the greatest hitters in the history of collegiate softball. She owns the UT records for hits (362), at-bats (946) and triples (20) and ranks second in runs (241) and stolen bases (120). She hit .383 for her career and played tough defense. Schutzler is just one of five Lady Vols to garner All-America honors three times in a career. She was an all-around threat, hitting .392 or better with at least 41 RBIS and 29 stolen bases three times in her Tennessee career.

- Wants to become a five-tool player like Hall of Famer Willie Mays
- Enjoys sports, dancing, horseback riding and watching baseball and football

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#33 Kat Dotson
2010-13 | OF | 5-9 | L/R | Savannah, Ga.

Dotson was an amazing all-around star who could beat opponents with speed or power at the plate. Her incredible 2010 freshman season in which she hit .391 with three homers, five stolen bases, 37 RBIs, 54 runs and 29 stolen bases earned her NFCA All-America honors. Her 2011 sophomore year was also one of the greatest displays of her versatility at the plate as she hit .401 with 10 homers, eight doubles, four triples 54 runs, 65 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. On March 15, 2011, she set a new school record with nine RBIs in a 16-2, six-frame road triumph at Tennessee State.

- Comes from athletic family as her dad played football and baseball at The Citadel and in Japan, her mom was a collegiate basketball player at Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) and both of her brothers were on the baseball team at Newberry College (S.C.)
- Played club ball with UT teammate Shelby Burchell

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#35 Tonya Callahan
2005-08 | IF | 5-8 | R/R | Molden, Mo.

Without question, Callahan was one of the most lethal power hitters in the history of collegiate softball. She is UT's home-run queen with 51 career blasts and also holds the crowns for career RBIs (241), walks (154), total bases (492), slugging percentage (.646) and OPS (1.133). She is the only Lady Vol to record double-digit home runs in all four years. One of the most impressive aspects of the three-time All-American's incredible career was the fact that she got better with each year. While maintaining elite power at the plate, she saw her batting average climb from .300 to .365 to .385 to .465 and watched her strikeouts drop from 24 to 22 to 16 to 10. Her 2008 senior year when she hit .465 with 16 homers, nine doubles, 62 RBIs and 40 runs stands as one of the greatest single-season performances in UT history.

- Was a punt, pass and kick champion in 1996
- Was UT's first-ever signee from the state of Missouri and the youngest player invited (junior in high school) to the USA Softball tryouts for the 2004 Olympic games.

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#44 Madison Shipman
2011-pres. | SS | 6-1 | R/R | Valencia, Calif.

Shipman is a major force to be reckoned with at the plate. The two-time NFCA All-American has hit .327 with 26 homers, 39 doubles, 153 RBIs and 45 stolen bases so far in her UT career and is prepared to have a banner senior year in 2014. She is coming off an outstanding 2013 junior year in which she set or tied career bests with a .367 batting average, 11 homers, 20 doubles, 63 RBIs and 52 runs. The 6-1 senior from Valencia, Calif., is also widely regarded as one of the top defensive shortstops in the nation.

- Her cousin, Nolan Morrell, swam freestyle/individual medley at Tennesse from 2005-09
- She hit .421 (8-for-19) with eight runs, two doubles, nine stolen bases and seven RBIs to help the 2010-11 USA Softball Junior Women's national Team win gold in the 2010 Pan American Championships (18-Under)

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#52 Tiffany Huff
2007-10 | C/1B | 5-7 | L/R | Saugus, Calif.

Huff was a versatile power hitter who had a knack for coming up big with runners on base. She hit .339 for her career with 24 homers, 50 doubles, two triples, 220 RBIs, 140 runs and 27 stolen bases. She had 76 extra-base hits and ranks in the top 10 of both homers (eighth) and doubles (third). Huff's finest season was her 2009 NFCA All-American junior year when she hit .399 with eight homers, 13 doubles, 67 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

- Claims to have modeled herself after former St. Louis Cardinals player and World Series MVP David Eckstein because of his hustle and love of the game
- Lists her career objective as becoming a teacher to work with young kids

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#88 Raven Chavanne
2010-13 | 3B/OF | 5-8 | L/R | Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Chavanne moved like lightning. With unmatched speed, quick reflexes, strength and a keen eye for the ball, she established herself as one of the elite hitters and baserunners in the history of collegiate softball. Chavanne was four-time NFCA All-American (the second for UT after Monica Abbott) and owns the Tennessee records for career batting average (.442), runs (244), stolen bases (143) and on-base percentage (.508). Chavanne's 355 career hits also rank second in school history. In addition to her prowess at the plate and on the basepaths, she played amazing defense at third base, prompting ESPN's Beth Mowins to at one point say "Razzle Dazzle Raven Chavanne!" Chavanne's committment to excellence extended beyond the classroom as she was the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for softball in 2013 and will receive an NCAA Today's Top 10 Award in San Diego this month.

- Claims former U.S. Olympic softball player Natasha Watley and Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant as her biggest sports influences
- Wore 88 because her favorite number, 8 (Kobe Bryant's old number), was taken at the time





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