May 27, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has added to its storied history of success in the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American program by having three players chosen to either the 2009 first, second or third squads.
Senior outfielder Lillian Hammond (4.0 GPA, sociology/criminal justice & anthropology) became the Big Orange's first-ever three-time first-team Academic All-American with her 2009 inclusion. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is now the second Lady Vol softball player in program annals to reap a trio of Academic All-America selections, joining Lindsay Schutzler who received a second team choice in 2005 and first team nods in both 2006 and 2007 while twice being tabbed as the prestigious University Division Academic All-American of the Year (2006, 2007). Junior catcher/first baseman Tiffany Huff (3.69 GPA, special education) and sophomore catcher/first baseman Jen Lapicki (3.94, sociology/criminal justice) were named to the 2009 second and third Academic All-American teams, respectively.
Over the past five seasons, Tennessee has twice boasted the University Division Academic All-American of the Year, has totaled a staggering six first team and 10 overall Academic All-Americans (three in both 2007 & 2009) and 12 Academic All-District selections. In UT's 14-year program history, the Big Orange possesses 13 Academic All-Americans and seven first-team choices.
To be eligible for ESPN the Magazine 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 10 finalist for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a 2009 second team All-Senior All-American selection (via her Senior CLASS nomination) and the 2009 Southeastern Conference Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Hammond wrapped up her playing career in the Orange & White by hitting .309 over 59 games during her senior campaign with 40 runs scored and 27 steals in 29 attempts. Holder of a perfect 4.0 GPA in a dual major of sociology/criminal justice and anthropology and a long-time fixture in left field for the Big Orange (136 career starts), Hammond completed her stay at Rocky Top with a .339 overall batting average, 136 runs scored, 139 hits and 72 thefts in 77 attempts, rating fifth in UT career history in steals. She also helped Tennessee to 214 victories over her four seasons, a SEC Tournament (2006) and SEC Regular-Season title (2007) and two Women's College World Series berths (2006, 2007).
During her breakout junior campaign, Huff posted career highs in batting average (.399 on 63-of-158), runs scored (48), hits (63), home runs (eight), RBIs (67), total bases (102), slugging (.646) and on-base percentage (.522) and stolen bases (11), while adding 13 doubles, a triple and 43 walks. Her 67 RBIs currently rate her third in the SEC and a 1.14 RBI-per-game average places her in the Top 10 in NCAA Division I in that category. A Top 25 finalist for the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award, Huff started all 59 games for the Big Orange in 2009 at either first base or behind the plate. The Saugus, Calif., native 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.
Lapicki managed a .286 batting average with 46 hits, 21 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, five home runs and 28 RBIs while starting all 59 contests for the Lady Vols in 2009 at either first base or behind the dish. It was in conference play, however, that the Oldwick, N.J., native really made her mark by hitting a team-best .361 with five two-baggers, three HR's and 15 RBIs over 25 games. Lapicki managed 13 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games overall during the '09 campaign with her best effort coming during a 14-2 (5 inn.) rout at Kentucky when she went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and a career-high six RBIs.
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
|2009 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-America®|
|Softball Team (University Division) as selected by CoSIDA|
|University Division Academic All-America of the Year: Stacey Nelson, Florida|
|P||Molly Hill (3)||Nebraska||VII||Sr.||Wayne, Neb.||3.97||Speech Language Pathology|
|P||Stacey Nelson (1)||Florida||III||Sr.||Los Alamitos, Cal.||3.66||Philosophy|
|C||Kristina Hilberth||Florida||III||Sr.||Dunedin, Fla.||3.83||Sport Management|
|INF||Alex Colyer||Baylor||VI||Sr.||Houston, Tex.||3.90||Pre-Med, Health Sciences|
|INF||Whitney Haller (3) #||Georgia Tech||III||Sr.||Marietta, Ga.||3.94||Industrial Engineering|
|INF||Andrea Lazzari||Wagner||I||Sr.||Reno, Nev.||3.83||Sociology, Education|
|INF||Kellie Sirus||Lipscomb||IV||Jr.||Sarasota, Fla.||3.92||Psychology|
|OF||Kaitlin Cochran (2)||Arizona State||VIII||Sr.||Yorba Linda, Cal.||3.51||Secondary Education, Math|
|OF||Lillian Hammond (1) $||Tennessee||IV||Sr.||Chattanooga, Tenn.||4.00||Sociology, Criminal Justice|
|OF||Lisa Kingsmore (1) #||Winthrop||III||Sr.||Brampton, Ont., Can.||3.98||Chemistry|
|DP||Colleen McGlaughlin (1)||Iowa||VII||Sr.||Morton, Ill.||4.00||Actuarial Science|
|P||Tara Oltman||Creighton||VII||Jr.||Cortland, Neb.||3.92||English, Secondary Education|
|P||Missy Penna||Stanford||VIII||Sr.||Miami, Fla.||3.49||Civil Engineering|
|C||Chelsea Bramlett||Mississippi St.||VI||Jr.||Cordova, Tenn.||3.63||Physical Education|
|INF||Valerie Chapple||Kansas||VII||Sr.||Overland Park, Kan.||4.00||Secondary Physics Education|
|INF||Tiffany Huff||Tennessee||IV||Jr.||Saugus, Calif.||3.69||Special Education|
|INF||Karlie Love||Campbell||III||Sr.||Mt. Airy, N.C.||3.85||Government|
|INF||Amber Patton||DePaul||V||Sr.||Forsyth, Ill.||3.38||Marketing|
|OF||Jessica Mapes||Arizona State||VIII||Sr.||Tempe, Ariz.||4.11||Family & Human Development|
|OF||Jenna Rhodes||Virginia Tech||III||Sr.||Broadway, Va.||3.69||Psychology, Sociology|
|OF||Tiffany Wesley||Baylor||VI||Jr.||Baton Rouge, La.||3.98||Pre-Med, Health Sciences|
|DP||Charlotte Morgan||Alabama||IV||Jr.||Moreno Valley, Cal.||3.69||Criminal Justice|
|P||Stephanie Brombacher||Florida||III||So.||Pembroke Pines, Fla.||3.47||Health Studies|
|P||Michelle Moses||Brown||I||Sr.||Cooper City, Fla.||4.00||Commerce, Org. & Entrepreneurship|
|C||Jen Lapicki||Tennessee||IV||So.||Oldwick, N.J.||3.94||Sociology, Criminal Justice|
|INF||Sammie Jo Bailey||Mississippi St.||VI||Sr.||Lithonia, Ga.||3.97||Business Information Systems|
|INF||Ali Gardiner||Florida||III||Sr.||Waccabuc, N.Y.||3.34||Advertising|
|INF||Melissa Giordano||Marist||I||Sr.||Stamford, Conn.||3.64||Business Admin., Marketing|
|INF||Lindsey Ubrun||Missouri||VII||Sr.||Riverside, Cal.||3.82||General studies|
|OF||Kristi Cunningham||Louisville||IV||Sr.||Gallatin, Tenn.||3.83||Exercise Science, Pre-Nursing|
|OF||Karen Korb||Valparaiso||V||Sr.||Indianapolis, Ind.||3.94||Finance, Marketing|
|OF||Carly Wynn||Florida State||III||Jr.||Sharpsburg, Ga.||3.77||Psychology|
|DP||Ashton Payne||South Carolina||III||Sr.||Richmond, Va.||3.95||Biology|
|(1) ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 1st team in 2008|
|(2) ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 2nd team in 2008|
|(3) ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 3rd team in 2008|
|$ ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 1st team in 2007|
|# ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® 2nd team in 2007|