Feb. 3, 2014
Only four days remain until the start of the 2014 Tennessee softball season! Five Lady Vols have worn No. 4 -- Sarah Ayres (1997-99), Stephanie Humphrey (2000-03), Sarah Vaughn (2006), Holly Baker (2009-12) and Anna Renfroe (2013-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.
#4 Sarah Ayres
1997-99 | P | 6-0 | R/R | Roseville, Calif.
Ayres was one of Tennessee's first dominant 6-0 pitchers. She teamed with fellow Lady Vol pioneers Buffy Walker and Jackie Beavers to lay the foundation of pitching excellence at UT. She joined Tennessee after a standout JUCO career at Sacramento City Community College, where she led the Panthers to the 1996 state title and posted a 59-4 record. Ayres went 11-3 with a 1.93 REA and 41 strikeouts in her 1997 debut season. She emerged as Tennessee's ace in 1998 when she posteda 22-17 record with a 2.23 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 260.1 frames. Ayres concluded her UT career as a senior in 1999, going 17-12 with a 2.50 ERA and 94 strikeouts over 179.1 innings. She was also a stellar student, earning NFCA Scholar-Athlete Team honors in 1998 and 1999.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Lists biggest softball accomplishments as playing against the first-ever U.S. Olympic softball team and capturing the state title for Sacramento City
- Cites her father as her biggest sports influence
#4 Stephanie Humphrey
2000-03 | P | 5-7 | R/R | Knoxville, Tenn.
Humphrey was one of Tennessee's top ace pitchers in the early 2000s and still ranks in the top 10 in several pitching categories. She improved with each season and was the first ace under co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly. After making strides as sophomre with 11 wins and a 2.52 ERA, Humphrey enjoyed a breakout season as a junior going 24-19 with a 2.36 ERA and racking up 326 strikeouts over 249.1 frames. Those 326 strikeouts stood as the school record until the Monica Abbott era and still rank fifth most in UT history (and the most by a pitcher not named Monica Abbott). She continued to shine as a senior in 2003, going 18-5 with a 1.97 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 174.0 innings. She was an outstanding student in the classroom, earning NFCA Scholar-Athlete Team honors from 2000-03 and Verizon Academic All-District IV honors in 2002 and 2003. Humphrey would later return to the Orange and White as the Tennessee Director of Softball Operations from 2010-12.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- Her biggest fan is great uncle Frank Pack, who had seen nearly every Lady Vol game at Tyson Park since the start of the program
- Considers her father to be her biggest sports influence since he has pushed her to give "110 percent" on and off the field
- Wears a lucky pair of socks in the circle
#4 Anna Renfroe
2013-present | IF | 5-6 | R/R | Jackson, Tenn.
Hailing from one of the most famous softball families in the game, Anna Renfroe has established herself as a skilled infielder and base runner. On April 2, 2013, she drew a bases-loaded walk to record her first RBI and later first run vs. Tennessee State. Renfroe connected on her first career hit on a single back to the circle against Appalachian State on April 16, 2013. She has also been an outstanding student, earning NFCA Division I Scholar-Athlete and SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll honors in 2013.
NOTES FROM HER BIO!
- "I have been a Vol since birth."
- Favorite athletes: Tim Tebow, Albert Pujols, Jennie Finch
- Older sisters are former Tennessee pitcher Ivy Renfroe and current Lady Vol pitcher Ellen Renfroe