May 23, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne has been named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for the Division I softball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Chavanne, Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I softball teams.
Chavanne is a three-time first-team Academic All-American (2011, 2012, 2013) and the political science major had a 3.84 GPA entering the spring. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native is also a Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and an NFCA All-Southeast Region first team pick. The three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and four-time All-SEC selection is Tennessee's career leader in batting average (.451), runs (242), stolen bases (141) and on-base percentage (.515). She also ranks second in career hits (351), fourth in triples (11), fifth in at-bats (779) and sixth in slugging percentage (.553). The Lady Vols' leadoff hitter, she has led No. 5 Tennessee to a 47-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals. Currently batting .470, she has 114 career multi-hit games at Tennessee.
Chavanne joins Lindsay Schutzler as the only Lady Vols to earn Academic All-American of the Year honors. Schutzler was an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Chavanne is one of eight players on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I first team that participated in the NCAA Regionals last weekend. Seven of those players helped their teams advance to play in the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.
Ellen Renfroe was named to the second team and has now earned Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive year (first team in 2012). The psychology major had a 3.76 GPA entering the spring and is 17-4 in the circle this year with a 1.80 ERA. The junior from Jackson, Tenn., leads the team with 174 strikeouts and 163.0 innings pitched. Renfroe was named a Top 25 Finalist for the 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year award and earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of April 1-7.
Shipman was a second-team selection and a first-time Academic All-American. The junior shortstop and anthropology major had a 3.51 GPA entering the spring and is enjoying an outstanding season on the field. She has started all 57 of UT's games at shortstop and is batting a career-best .380. Shipman has belted 10 homers and 19 doubles to help bring in 59 runs. She has also stolen 16 bases and her standout defense on the left side (.974 fielding percentage) has anchored the Tennessee defense, which ranks 11th nationally with a .974 team fielding percentage.