Junior Raven Chavanne
May 24, 2012
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The #5 Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has again added to its storied history of success in the Capital One Academic All-American program as junior third baseman Raven Chavanne (first team, 3.89 GPA, political science) and sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe (second team, 3.75 GPA, psychology) have been chosen as Academic All-Americans for their outstanding efforts both on the field of play and in the classroom.
Over the past eight seasons, Tennessee softball has twice boasted the University Division Academic All-American of the Year (Lindsay Schutzler in 2006 & 2007), has totaled a staggering eight first team and 14 overall Academic All-Americans (three in both 2007 & 2009) and 17 Academic All-District selections. In UT's 17-year program history, the Big Orange now possesses 17 overall Academic All-Americans with nine first-team choices.
To be eligible for Capital One Softball Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information director.
A top 11 finalist for the 2012 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy and also a 2011 Capital One First Team Academic All-American, Chavanne currently guides the way for the Big Orange offensively from her lead-off spot in the line-up, posting a .439 average to go along with 75 hits, 43 runs scored, a .503 on-base percentage and 32 stolen bases over 52 games played. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native heads the Big Orange with 26 multi-hit games, enters NCAA Knoxville Super Regional play having reached safely by hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in a career-best 40 consecutive contests dating back to March 11 and is currently on a 13-game hitting streak.
One of the top pitchers in the country and a top 25 national finalist for the 2012 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award, Ellen Renfroe has tallied a stellar 27-3 overall record with a 1.21 ERA, 15 solo shutouts and 273 strikeouts over 219.2 innings of work while allowing opponents to hit at just a .178 clip. The 6-0 right hander gave #1 Alabama its first loss of the season back on March 21 (5-2), blanked #1 and defending national champion Arizona State (3-0) in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 11, and three-hit #3 Florida with a season-high 15 strikeouts during a 1-0 shutout on March 11. With those performances Renfroe now possesses six career victories over teams rated #1, #2 or #3 in the national rankings.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.