SEC Freshman of the Week Melissa Davin
April 11, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Make it four straight weeks for Lady Vol softball with a Southeastern Conference honoree as Melissa Davin garnered SEC Freshman Softball Player of the Week accolades on April 11 according to a Monday release from the conference office.
She also picked up a selection as the newest Lady Vol Athlete of the Week after a vote was conducted within the UT media relations department.
The total of Big Orange league softball honorees now sits at six overall through the first nine weeks of the 2011 campaign. Freshman pitcher Ellen Renfroe reaped three consecutive nods by being chosen as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 28 and SEC Freshman of the Week on both March 21 and April 4. Sophomore outfielders Raven Chavanne and Kat Dotson were tabbed the SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 14 and March 7, respectively.
Having entered last week's six-day Tennessee road trip to #2 Georgia and Ole Miss with just six career starts and 25 career at-bats at Rocky Top, Davin burst on the scene by hitting .500 (7-of-14) overall with four runs scored, two doubles, her first career triple, a HR and six RBIs while starting all five match-ups.
The Fresno, Calif., native's outstanding week began during a high-profile televised doubleheader at #2 Georgia as Davin went 1-for-2 in the opener with a two-run HR that helped seal UT's 5-1 victory over the Bulldogs. The 5-10 first baseman/designated player then followed that performance with a career-high three-hit effort during the nightcap (9-4 UT win) with a single, double and triple, only missing hitting for the cycle by a HR.
At Ole Miss Davin knocked in a pair of tallies via a two-bagger during a 10-3 Saturday victory over the Rebels and was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI in the series finale as the Big Orange routed UM, 9-0 (5 inn.). In all seven of her 13 career hits and six of her 11 career RBIs at Tennessee occurred during this past week's road jaunt. She is now hitting .333 for the season over 22 games played (11 starts) with two doubles, a triple, two HR's and 11 RBIs.
Tennessee softball steps briefly out of conference action on Wed., April 13, by hosting Appalachian State in a single contest slated for a 6 p.m. ET first pitch at Lee Softball Stadium. "The Sports Animal" (99.1/99.3 FM and AM 990) will be there to provide radio coverage with that broadcast and live web streamed video also available for free through UTLadyVols.com/allaccess. Check both http://twitter.com/LadyVol_Sftball and http://twitter.com/LadyVol_Sports for the most up-to-date information on Tennessee softball.