Jan. 27, 2014
Only 11 days remain until the start of the 2014 softball season! Five Lady Vols have worn "ones" -- Buffy Walker (1996-99), Nichole Schaeffer (2001-02), Shannon Doepking (2005-08), Melissa Brown (2010-13) and Alley Perkins (2014).
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.
#11 Buffy Walker
1996-1999 | P | 6-2 | R/R | Carlsbad, N.M.
Walker was a founding Lady Vol and one of Tennessee's first stars in the circle. She compiled a 54-27 record, a 1.97 ERA and 316 strikeouts over her four-year career and earned NFCA First Team All-Region honors and First Team All-SEC accolades in 1997. Walker threw the first no-hitter in Tennessee history, racking up six strikeouts over seven hitless innings in a 2-0 win over Cleveland State on March 24, 1996. Her 1997 season was one for the ages as she led the team with a 21-9 record, a 0.71 ERA, nine shutouts and 143 strikeouts over 208.0 innings. Walker helped lay the foundation for UT's tradition of great pitchers and she still ranks in the top 10 of just about every Tennessee pitching category.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Actual name is Adrienne Lisette Walker. Nicknamed "Buffy" because when her mother was pregnant with her, the Walker family received several phone calls at home for someone asking if "Buffy" was there and calls stopped after she was born.
- Her uncle is long-time NFL executive John Wooten (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens).
- Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan are her favorite athletes.
#11 Shannon Doepking
2005-08 | C/IF | 5-7 | R/R | Acton, Calif.
Doepking is one of UT's most-heralded catchers and served as Monica Abbott's backstop from 2005-07. Doepking had a rifle for an arm, throwing out 42 baserunners in her UT career. She packed a punch at the plate as well, totaling 18 homers, 36 doubles, three triples and 141 RBIs while batting .277. She was an immediate impact player, starting 70 games as a freshman and batting .274 with seven homers, 10 doubles and 42 RBIs. Doepking threw out 16 baserunners on 37 stolen base attempts as a rookie and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. In 2007, she hit .278 with six homers, eight doubles, two triples and 28 RBIs to earn First-Team All-SEC and Second-Team NFCA All-South Region honors. Her best offensive year was her 2008 senior season when she batted .315 with four homers 13 doubles, 47 RBIs and 20 runs. Doepking was drafted by the NPF's Akron Racers in 2008 and would later join the Chicago Bandits, reuniting the legendary Abbott-Doepking pitcher-catcher combo.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Likes snowboarding, wakeboarding, watching movies and hanging out with friends
- Modeled her game after U.S. Olympic gold medal catcher Jenny Topping
- Superstition is refusing to step on the lines before the game
#11 Melissa Brown
2010-13 | IF/OF | 5-4 | L/R | Valencia, Calif.
Brown was one of the most versatile players to ever wear a Tennessee uniform. She saw action around the infield and outfield and always brought a sure glove to any position the played. Brown's best season came as a junior in 2012 when she hit .275 with five homers, 11 doubles, 33 RBIs, 24 runs and 13 walks and registered 11 multi-hit games. As a senior, she drove in a career-high 38 runs and had 10 multi-hit games. She tied her career high with three hits and knocked an RBI double up the middle in her final at-bat at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium as UT beat Alabama to advance to the 2013 WCWS. At the World Series, she had a key two-RBI double in UT's Game 2 win over Florida. Brown also excelled in the classroom, earning First-Team Capital One Academic All-District III honors in 2012 and NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2010. In 2014, she will serve as one of Tennessee's team managers.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Twin brother is former UCLA baseball player and 2012 MLB Draft pick Trevor Brown
- Modeled game after former U.S. National Team shortstop Natasha Watley
#11 Alley Perkins
2014 | IF/OF | 5-4 | L/R | Huntington Beach, Calif.
Perkins joins Tennessee as a junior in 2014 after as standout career at Santa Ana College. She earned 2013 NFCA CalJC All-American South Team honors and First Team All-Orange Empire Conference accolades after batting .395 with two homers, 11 doubles, 27 RBIs, 45 runs, 21 walks and a school-record 42 stolen bases as a sophomore in 2013. She also had a .483 on-base percentage and a .532 slugging percentage last season. As a freshman in 2012, she batted .362 with one homer, three doubles, one triple, 25 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Comes from a very athletic family as older brothers played sports and father coached them
- Favorite athlete is Chone Figgins
- Always wears something pink for her mom on gameday