May 15, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 2009 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Southeast Region softball team includes three Lady Vols among the 27-member squad. Junior first baseman Tiffany Huff, sophomore center fielder Kelly Grieve and freshman third baseman Jessica Spigner each reaped a selection to the team and are now among those being considered nationally for Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America honors.
This year's nod marks the second consecutive All-Region accolade for Huff, while for both Grieve and Spigner this is the first such selection of their brief careers wearing the Orange & White.
Huff has posted a breakout junior campaign thus far by registering career-highs in batting average (.404 on 61-of-151), RBIs (65), home runs (eight), runs scored (47), stolen bases (11) and both slugging (.662) and on-base percentage (.518) while adding 13 doubles, a triple and 37 walks. Her 65 RBIs currently rate her second in the SEC and a 1.18 RBI-per-game average places her at fourth in NCAA Division I in that category. Her RBI total through 55 games tops her entire season's production from both her freshman (58) and sophomore campaigns (50). A Top 25 finalist for the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award, Huff has started every game for the Big Orange in 2009 at either first base or behind the plate. The Saugus, Calif., native has tallied 14 multi-hit and 14 multi-RBI games and recorded a career-long 17-game hitting streak from Feb. 20-March 21 during which she .556 with four HR's and 27 RBIs. Among her stellar individual performances in 2009 were a 3-for-4, career-high six-RBI effort with a double and a home run in a rout of San Jose State and a perfect 4-for-4 performance with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs against Boston College.
Spigner has demonstrated staggering power potential in her initial campaign in the Orange & White by bashing 14 home runs to break the UT freshman single season home run record established back in 1996 by former Lady Vol Carrie Swinford. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native currently owns a .333 batting average with 13 doubles, 34 runs scored, a .673 slugging percentage, a squad-best 109 total bases and 47 RBIs. Her 14 home runs have placed her in the SEC's Top 5 in that category all season, while Spigner currently rates third in big flies by a freshman across all of Division I. She has posted two or more hits in a game on 16 occasions in 2009 with 12 multi-RBI contests. Spigner blasted two home runs in a single match-up as part of a 3-for-3, career-high six-RBI effort against San Jose State and homered in four consecutive games from March 11-18 (Belmont, South Carolina-twice, Middle Tennessee). During that four-game stretch, she went 8-of-15 (.533) at the dish with 14 RBIs on the way to receiving SEC Player of the Week honors. She also picked up her initial collegiate pitching win by firing five innings of one hit relief at #8 Georgia to guide UT past the Bulldogs, 6-3.
Grieve has wreaked havoc all season from her position at the top of the Tennessee batting order. The Asheville, N.C., native has posted a .383 batting average on 72-of-188 at the plate, with four doubles, four triples and 23 RBIs. After breaking the UT freshman single-season stolen base record last year, Grieve has now equaled the Lady Vol sophomore single-season theft mark of 36 steals held by former Big Orange All-American Lindsay Schutzler (2005). She has been among the SEC's top five in hits all season long, owns a team-best 22 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI contests. Included in her outstanding performances this season was a school-record-tying five-hit game with five RBIs in a 18-0 (5 inn.) rout of Bowling Green back on Feb. 27.
2009 All-Southeast Region
Stacey Nelson, University of Florida
Sarah Hamilton, Florida State University
Stephanie Brombacher, University of Florida
Lisa Norris, University of North Carolina
Amanda Reyes, Florida A&M
Kaleigh Rafter, Florida State University
Megan Yocke, University of Kentucky
Tiffany Huff, University of Tennessee
Whitney Haller, Georgia Tech
Aja Paculba, University of Florida
Jen Yee, Georgia Tech
Alisa Goler, University of Georgia
Jessica Spigner, University of Tennessee
Molly Johnson, University of Kentucky
Megan Bush, University of Florida
UT / P
Danielle Spaulding, University of North Carolina
Tiffany Johnson, Georgia Tech
Brittany Stanley, Campbell University
Jill Semento, University of South Carolina
Katie Kelly, Jacksonville University
Francesca Enea, University of Florida
Kelsey Bruder, University of Florida
Taylor Schlopy, University of Georgia
Lisa Kingsmore, Winthrop University
Kelly Grieve, University of Tennessee
Breanna Brown, University of North Carolina
Ryanne Hill, North Carolina A&T