March 31, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee softball senior Madison Shipman was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the USSSA Pride in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday.
Shipman is the second-highest NPF draft selection in Tennessee softball history, second only to Lindsay Schutzler, who was taken No. 1 overall in the 2007 draft by the Chicago Bandits. Shipman is the 12th Lady Vol to be selected in the annual NPF College Draft joining Ivy Renfroe (Akron Racers, No. 11 in 2013), Raven Chavanne (Chicago Bandits, No. 12 in 2013), Kelly Grieve (Akron Racers, No. 18 in 2011), Lillian Hammond (Philadelphia Force, No. 9 in 2009), Tonya Callahan (Rockford Thunder, No. 13 in 2008), Shannon Doepking (Akron Racers, No. 15 in 2008), Lindsay Schutzler (Chicago Bandits, No. 1 in 2007), Monica Abbott (Washington Glory, No. 12 in 2007), India Chiles (Akron Racers, No. 19 in 2007), Kristi Durant (New England Riptide, No. 9 in 2006) and Sarah Fekete (Philadelphia Force, No. 10 in 2006).
The 2014 draft was presented by BOWNET and was held at Ford Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn., for the second year in a row.
Shipman, a two-time NFCA All-American and a two-time All-SEC selection, is enjoying her finest season as senior in 2014. She is currently hitting .413 with eight homers, nine doubles, 26 RBIs, 32 runs, 22 walks, eight stolen bases, a .731 slugging percentage and a .520 on-base percentage. She tied Kristi Durant's single-season school record 20-game hitting streak, recording a hit from Feb. 9 to March 9. Shipman set a new Tennessee single-game record with nine defensive assists in UT's 6-5 win over South Carolina on March 23. On March 24, Shipman was named SEC Player of the Week for the second time in her illustrious Tennessee career.
Shipman has been one of the Lady Vols' key leaders both on and off the field and she is a candidate for some of the sport's highest awards. The Valencia, Calif., native is a Senior CLASS Award candidate, a Top 50 "Watch List" selection for the 2014 USA Softball Player of the Year award and a Preseason All-SEC pick.