Co-Head Coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly
Jan. 28, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team looks to continue building fan excitement for its upcoming 2011 campaign by inviting Big Orange fans out to "Meet Your Seats" during an open house event at the Lee Softball Stadium on Sat., Feb. 5th, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET.
Lady Vol softball coaches and players and members of the Tennessee Athletic Department will be on site beginning at 11 a.m. to begin hosting tours of the facility, including the UT clubhouse, press box area and dugout, while giving fans an opportunity to view either their current softball season ticket seats or open seat options available for purchase.
The Tennessee softball squad will also conduct a speaking presentation and be available for autograph signing over an hour long period from 1-2 p.m. ET.
"Sherri Lee Softball Stadium is one of the best stadiums in the country," Director of Women's Athletics Joan Cronan said. "I'm excited about this event, as we will open the door and give fans a behind the scenes tour and a chance to visit with our softball coaches and players. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for fans as they can select their seats for the season."
Free parking will be available next to the facility and drinks and light snacks will be provided for all in attendance.
Tennessee softball is coming off a magical 2010 season that saw the squad post 49 wins and its fourth top-three national finish at the Women's College World Series over the last six years. The program welcomes back 13 letter-winners and eight starters from last year's team, including Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) outfielders Raven Chavanne (.455 avg., 64 runs, 37 steals) and Kat Dotson (.391 avg., 37 RBIs, 29 thefts), NFCA All-Southeast Region selections Jessica Spigner (3B/1B, .350 avg., 14 doubles, eight HR's, 58 RBIs) and Ivy Renfroe (P, 31-6 record, 2.41 ERA, 235 K's in 232.1 innings), Southeastern Conference All-Freshman selection Lauren Gibson (sophomore, 2B, .297 avg., eight doubles, six HR's, 39 RBIs) and past all region selection and team leader senior Kelly Grieve (CF, .373 avg., 59 runs, 12 doubles, 26 steals).
The nation's No. 1 rated recruiting class according to ESPN/RISE Magazine, consisting of Madison Shipman, Ellen Renfroe, Tory Lewis, Ashley Holmes, Chelsea O'Connor, Melissa Davin and Kourtny Thomas, is also on campus and prepping to get its inaugural campaign underway.
In all Tennessee returns 75% of its run production, 77% of the hits, 71% of the doubles, 84% of the triples, 63% of the HR's, 69% of the RBIs and 85% of the stolen bases from the 2010 WCWS team.
UT is slated to open its home schedule on Tues., Feb. 15th, at 5 p.m. with a single contest versus in-state foe East Tennessee State.
Schedule of Events
11-12:30 p.m. - Tours of Lee Softball Stadium/Clubhouse and "Meet Your Seats" - Fans will tour the club house, press box and dugout and then have an opportunity to view open seat options
12:30 - 1 pm - Coaching staff and members of the Lady Vol Softball team will speak
1 - 2 pm - Lady Vol softball players will be available to sign autographs