Lady Vol Softball Jersey Countdown #17

Jan. 21, 2014

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We are now 17 days away from the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season! Five Lady Vols have donned No. 17 -- Bridget Jackson (1996-97), Adrianna Wilson (1999-2002), Kristen Bass (2003), Lillian Hammond (2006-09) and Chelsea O'Connor (2011).

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.

No. 17
17Bridget Jackson1996-973B/1B135-133.3834231171621711712
17Adrianna Wilson1999-2002C248-240.29665555194301322
17Kristen Bass2003C/OF16-2.1431422040
17Lillian Hammond2006-09OF228-136.33941013613912672
17Chelsea O'Connor2011OF48-19.24266916181

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#17 Bridget Jackson
1996-97 | 3B/1B | 5-6 | R/R | Glendale, Ariz.

Jackson was the first major star in Tennessee softball history and was the first softball inductee of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame (2007). She joined Tennessee after an All-American career at Central Arizona CC, leading Vaqueras to the 1995 junior college national championship. She burst onto the scene in 1996, leading the team with a .427 batting average, 94 hits, 15 homers, 24 doubles, 72 runs and 77 RBIs. Her 74 runs and 24 doubles that year remain UT single-season records to this day. In 1997, Jackson hit .335 with two homers 10 doubles, three triples, 40 RBIs and 43 runs and earned First-Team All-SEC accolades. Jackson was also a standout student in the classroom, earning Verizon Academic All-District and NFCA Scholar-Athlete team honors in 2007.

- Top ambition is to make it to the Women's College World Series
- Older sister Analisa Jackson played for former UT coach Jim Betia when he was at Oklahoma

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#17 Adrianna Wilson
1999-2002 | C | 5-9 | R/R | Cypress, Calif.

Wilson was one of the best sluggers in UT history. She tallied 30 career homers (third-most in Tennessee history) and was UT's career home run queen from 2002 to 2007 when Tonya Callahan broke her record. Wilson also tallied 55 runs and 132 RBIs while batting .296 for her career. She saved her best for last, enjoying a career year as a senior in 2002 with .362 batting average, 12 homers, eight doubles, 45 RBIs and 26 runs. She was a two-time NFCA All-South Region pick, earning first-team honors in 2002.

- Nicknamed "Willie" by her teammates
- Collects turtles

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#17 Lillian Hammond
2006-09 | OF | 5-8 | L/R | Chattanooga, Tenn.

Through hard work and dedication, Hammond climbed her way up the depth chart over her four-year career, making the leap from a pinch-runner to an everyday starter and top-of-the-lineup staple. During her 2007 sophomore year, she cracked the lineup and finished with a .414 batting average, 30 runs and 14 stolen bases. She followed that with strong junior and senior campaigns, batting .349 with 10 RBIs, 46 runs and 23 stolen bases in 2008 and hitting .309 with nine RBIs, 40 runs and 27 stolen bases in 2009. Hammond earned NFCA Second-Team All-South Region accolades in 2008. She also excelled in the classroom and was a three-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2007-09) and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She was later selected in the 2009 NPF draft by the Philadelphia Force.

- Favorite TV show: ER, One Tree Hill
- I wear No. 17 because...."That was my number during my freshman year of high school."
- Is older sister of Tennessee softball alum Whitney Hammond (2010-13)





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