Jan. 25, 2014
We are just under two weeks away from the start of the season as the Tennessee Softball Jersey Countdown reaches 13 days until first pitch. Six Lady Vols have donned No. 13 -- Candice Fode (1996-97), Carissa Roustan (2001-02), Kim Sanders (2003), Ashley Cline (2004-05), Andi Williamson (2010) and Ellen Renfroe (2011-present).
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.
#13 Candice Fode
1996-1997 | C/IF | 5-10 | R/R | San Marcos, Calif.
Fode was a founding member of the Tennessee softball program and a great all-around athlete. She hit .303 with four homers, 19 doubles, 68 RBIs, 71 runs and 14 stolen bases. She was one of the first Lady Vols to star at multiple positions, playing catcher, DP and third base. As a rookie in 1996, she hit .326 with three homers, 43 RBIs, 34 runs and seven stolen bases. She manned the hot corner during UT's 19-game winning streak to close out the 1996 season. Fode joined Tennessee after an All-American career at Paolmar CC.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Interests include hiking, dancing and playing sports
- Admires USA Olympic softball gold medalist Lisa Fernandez
- Grandmother played in the women's professional baseball league during World War II, which inspired the movie "A League Of Their Own"
#13 Carissa Roustan
2001-02 | 3B | 5-8 | R/R | Temecula, Calif.
Roustan joined Tennessee in 2001 after a standout career at Palomar CC, where she led her team to the state championship and garnered all-state honors. She was a strong power hitter -- her first UT hit was a double against Hawaii and she she knocked numerous homers in SEC play, including a solo shot that helped Tennessee defeat Florida in Gainesville for the first time on April 29, 2001. Roustan saved her best for last in 2002, batting .290 with 10 homers , eight doubles, two triples, 36 RBIs and 30 runs.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Ambition is to play better every time she steps on the playing field
- Chose Tennessee since it was a chance for her to experience new things, receive a great education and play the game she loves
#13 Ellen Renfroe
2012-pres. | P | 6-0 | R/R | Jackson, Tenn.
Over the last three years, Ellen Renfroe has established herself as one of the top pitchers in the nation and one of the greatest pitchers in Tennessee history. Blessed with incredible ball control, Ellen Renfroe can give opposing batters fits in the box and has amassed a 72-17 record with a 1.52 ERA, 760 strikeouts, 29 shutouts, 54 complete games and two no-hitters over 130 appearances, 92 starts and 632.2 innings of work. She is a two-time NFCA All-American (2011, 2012), a three-time NFCA All-Region pick (2011-13) and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American. Renfroe burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2011, going 26-7 with a 1.50 ERA and 259 strikeouts. She had five strikeouts and allowed just one run over 7.1 frames in the 2011 SEC Tournament championship game to earn the win and give UT its second conference tourney crown in school history. She was instrumental in leading Tennessee back to the Women's College World Series in 2012, going 27-5 with a 1.24 ERA and 280 strikeouts to earn First Team All-SEC accolades and become a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year. As a junior in 2013, she went 19-5 with a 1.85 ERA and 221 strikeouts and saved her very best for the WCWS. She was electric in the circle in WCWS wins over Washington and Florida and put forth an incredible 11-inning, 13 strikeout performance in an instant classic against Oklahoma in Game 1 of the Championship Series. Primed and ready to go, Renfroe is geared up for a spectacular finish to her already incredible Tennessee career.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Older sister Ivy was a standout pitcher for Tennessee from 2010-13 and younger sister Anna currently plays for the Lady Vols
- Admires Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (former St. Louis Cardinal) superstar Albert Pujols because of his success on the field and for his character and attiude off it