April 1, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -Tennessee seniors Ivy Renfroe and Raven Chavanne were selected in Monday night's 2013 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft. Renfroe was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Akron Racers and Chavanne was the 13th overall pick by the Chicago Bandits.
"The team watched the draft after our game tonight and everyone was excited to hear Ivy's and Raven's names called," Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "Every pro team expressed strong interest in Lauren Gibson as well but knew that she was a two-year veteran of Team USA and the national team remains her first priority. Tennessee has a strong legacy in the professional ranks and we're proud and excited these young ladies will have the opportunity to further that tradition."
Renfroe and Chavanne are the 11th and 12th, respectively, Lady Vols to be selected in the annual NPF College Draft. The last UT selection was in 2011 when Kelly Grieve was taken with in the fifth round (18th overall selection) by the Akron Racers.
Renfroe is the second UT pitcher to be taken in the draft, joining Monica Abbott (Washington Glory, 2007). Abbott currently plays for the Chicago Bandits.
Chavanne is the seventh UT slapper to be drafted, joining Grieve, Lillian Hammond (Philadelphia Force, 2009), Kenora Posey (Akron Racers, 2009), Lindsay Schutzler (Chicago Bandits, 2007), India Chiles (Akron Racers, 2007) and Sarah Fekete (Philadelphia Force, 2006).
The 2013 draft was presented by BOWNET and was held at Ford Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. The draft was shown live on ESPN3.
Renfroe has established herself as one of the toughest pitchers in the nation and one of the most clutch hurlers in Tennessee softball history. She ranks second in the all-time UT records with 158 appearances in the circle and third in games started at 104. Her 88 career victories are second only to Abbott's 189 and her 26 career shutouts are second only to Abbott's 112. Renfroe also ranks third in Lady Vol history with 681 strikeouts and 685.2 innings pitched. As a rookie in 2010, she carried the Lady Vols to the Women's College World Series, going 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 43.1 innings of NCAA postseason action. She was a also stalwart in the circle during Tennessee's 2012 Women's College World Series run, posting a 6-2 record with a 1.29 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 48.2 frames of NCAA postseason work.
Chavanne is one of the most accomplished batters in the nation and she has enjoyed one of the most productive careers for a hitter in Tennessee history. She currently stands as UT's all-time leader in career batting average (.443) and stolen bases (127). Her 212 career runs are second only to Schutzler and she ranks third in school history with 313 hits. As the premier slapper in the nation over the past four years, Chavanne has host of honors to her name. She is a three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, a two-time Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, a three-time Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, a three-time All-SEC honoree and a 2010 USA Futures Team member. Chavanne is also a Senior Class Award candidate and a two-time Capital One Academic All-American.