May 18, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee softball legend Ivy Renfroe was honored on Saturday at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Banquet, receiving a Female Athlete of the Year award.
The banquet took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. Former Lady Vol basketball All-American Bridgette Gordon and former Tennessee football All-American Paul Naumoff were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tennessee baseball legend Todd Helton was named the Tennessean of The Year.
Renfroe was one of the finest pitchers in Tennessee softball history. Time after time, she proved to be a workhorse in the circle, stepping up for the Lady Vols when they needed her the most in the postseason. Renfroe's postseason heroics helped lead Tennessee to the Women's College World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2013. She finished her illustrious Tennessee softball career in the top five of just about every major pitching category, including career ERA (2.04, seventh), appearances (176, second), starts (115, third), wins (97, second), winning percentage (.802, fourth), complete games (55, fifth), shutouts (28, third), innings pitched (749.2, third) and strikeouts (737, third). Renfroe tossed five no-hitters in her career, second-most behind only Monica Abbott's 23.
Renfroe was one of the greatest clutch pitchers in the postseason, shining her brightest when the stage was the biggest. Over 27 appearances and 20 starts in the NCAA Regionals, NCAA Super Regionals and the Women's College World Series, Renfroe posted an 18-5 record, a 1.68 ERA, 133 strikeouts, seven shutouts and 13 complete games over 133.0 innings in the circle.
As a senior in 2013, Renfroe posted a career-best 1.77 ERA and tallied her third 20-win season, going 22-5 in the circle over 41 appearances and 21 starts. She tossed 12 complete games with six shutouts and fanned 148 batters over 150.2 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .201 batting average.
From 2010-13, Renfroe went 97-24 with a 2.04 ERA, 737 strikeouts, 28 solo shutouts, 11 combined shutouts, 55 complete games, 749.2 innings pitched and a .210 opposing batting average. As a freshman in 2010, she was a Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second-Team All-Southeast Region selection, a Second-Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman team and All-SEC Tournament pick and an all-tourney selection for the 2010 Women's College World Series. She was twice named SEC Pitcher of the Week (March 29, 2010, and March 5, 2012) and on March 12, 2013, she was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week. She was a two-time SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll selection (2012, 2013) and was selected by the Akron Racers with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Draft.