Lady Vol Softball Jersey Countdown #9

Jan. 29, 2014

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We're down to single digits! Only nine days remain until the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season! Today we take a look at seven Lady Vols who have worn No. 9! Let's revisit the outstanding careers of Kelli Fitzgerald and Jessica Spigner!

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. 9
9Kelli Fitzgerald1996-19992B/3B272-271.349805192281415726
9Melissa Radley2000-01SS110-110.294316439324115
9Crystal Bobo2002P30-4.0621621010
9Jessica Wilson20031B8-0.000310010
9Caitlin Ryan2005-2008IF90-1.12050246180
9Jessica Spigner2009-113B/1B176-175.332494104164381591
9Hannah Devotie2014OF

No. 9
9Crystal Bobo2002P4.943-120028.124
9Jessica Spigner2009-11P5.252-100020.011

Player Headshot Looking Back...
#9 Kelli Fitzgerald
1996-1999 | 2B/3B | 5-4 | R/R | Lakewood, Calif.

Fitzgerald was one of UT's first offensive stars, batting .349 with 281 hits, a school-record 76 doubles, 157 RBIs and 192 runs scored (second-most). As a freshman, "Fitz" played in all 68 contests for the Lady Volunteers. She boasted an impressive offensive season, hitting .356 overall with a staggering 22 doubles, 45 RBIs, 3 triples, and nine stolen bases. Her clutch sixth-inning double drove in three runs as Tennessee rallied topped Baylor 5-4 to win their first game ever. Fitzgerald hit two more doubles in the first televised game in Lady Vol history in a 15-2 win over Samford at Tyson Park. Her 14-game hitting streak was a school record in 1996. The following season, Fitzgerald started 66 of 67 games for the Lady Vols. She was one of just four players to see action in every game in the program's two years. She hit .307 overall in 1997, but stepped up in SEC play hitting .329. She also tied for second on the squad with 40 RBIs and was 7 for 7 in stolen base attempts. She recorded her first home run in a 11-1 thrashing of Sam Houston State. The 1998 season was a stand out in Fitzgerald's career, as she led the Lady Vols in hitting by tying her career-best average of .356 set as a freshman. She ranked first in slugging percentage (.495), runs (43) and doubles (23). She was stellar in conference play, batting in 12 runs, scoring 11, and nine doubles. Her performance earned her second-team All-Region and second team All-SEC in 1998. Fitzgerald finished strong in her senior season, hitting .375 overall (third best on squad) while driving in 40 runs, 20 doubles, a triple, earning Second-Team All-SEC honors for the second straight year. Fitzgerald sits atop the record book for career doubles at UT with 75 and also has top 10 finishes in RBIs, runs scored, games played, hits, and triples.

- Hobbies include surfing, rebuilding cars, and shopping
- Wishes to build an old Harley-Davidson sometime

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#9 Jessica Spigner
2009-11 | 3B/1B | 5-8 | R/R | Santa Clarita, Calif.

Spigner is known as one of Tennessee's most potent hitters, batting .332 with 38 homers (third all-time), 40 doubles, 159 RBIs and 104 runs. She was an instant success as a freshman in 2009. Hitting .322 overall, she led the team in doubles (14) and topped the UT freshman record books with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs. She also posted a .638 slugging percentage on her way to earning Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-South Region and SEC All-Freshman Team honors in 2009. Spigner continued to thrive offensively in her sophomore season, hitting .360 overall, smashing 8 home runs, 58 RBIs, and matching her career-best 14 doubles to lead the squad once more. She registered 14 multi-hit contests, and her 17 multi-RBI games was a squad-best in 2010. Spigner's performance earned her Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second-Team All-Southeast Region. In 2011, the Lady Vols blasted a school record 69 home runs, led by none other than Spigner's 16 individual homers. Spigner added 53 RBIs, 36 runs scored, and 12 doubles offensively for the Orange and White in 2011. Spigner holds the second best career home runs record at UT (38), seventh in RBIs (159), and T-9th in doubles.

- Claims to have modeled herself athletically after former Tennessee and current Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning
- Lists the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the famous person she most admires

Player Headshot Looking Ahead...
#9 Hannah Devotie
2014 | OF | 5-2 | R/R | Johnson City, Tenn..

Devotie joins Tennessee after starring at Science Hill HS, playing all three outfield positions. She was an all-conference player as a junior and a senior and led Science Hill as a team captain in 2013. Devotie also had much success in her club ball career with TN Heat Travel Softball, Heat Elite and Tennessee RIP.

- Hobbies include fishing, shooting bows and watching the Atlanta Braves
- Athlete she has modeled herself after is Chipper Jones
- Says her mother is her biggest sports influence because she pushed her to be a better softball player, student and person





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