Over the last four seasons, Tennessee has twice boasted the University Division Academic All-American of the Year (Lindsay Schutzler, 2006, 2007), has totaled six first-team Academic All-Americans (three in 2007) and eight Academic All-District selections.
To be eligible for ESPN the Magazine 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 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Hammond, a First-Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American last season for the Big Orange, tallied a .349 average (59-of-169) over 63 games played with 57 starts during the 2008 campaign. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native scored 46 total runs, swiped 23-of-24 bases, delivered three doubles, blasted her first inside-the-park home run and knocked in 10 tallies this past season. The 5-8 outfielder registered 17 multi-hit games and tallied a career and Lady Vol season high 12-game hitting streak from March 9-March 29. During that span, Hammond hit .457 overall with four thefts, eight runs scored and six RBIs. She blasted her initial career HR in a 4-1 triumph over Lipscomb on March 25th as her slap shot traveled over the head of a shallow-playing LU center fielder and all the way to the wall allowing Hammond the opportunity to race all the way around for the inside-the-park job and her initial multi-RBI game.
As a senior for UT in the circle, Rhodes responded with a 23-11 record, a 2.20 ERA and a team-best 233 strikeouts over 213.1 innings of work. Opposing teams managed just a .177 batting average versus the 5-8 right hander, while the Nashville, Tenn., native tossed 11 complete-games, a pair of shutouts and K’ed 10-or-more in a game on five occasions. Despite taking a tough 6-5 loss on May 3rd, Rhodes fired a career-best 11 innings during a marathon against No. 2 Florida while posting a season-high 14 strikeouts. Among Rhodes’ victories this past campaign were four triumphs over nationally-ranked Georgia (including 5-2 on May 8 at the SEC Tournament) and a win against then-No. 2 Alabama (7-3 on March 9). With a strikeout-per-7-inning ratio of 8.9 for her career, Rhodes finished tied for 41st in the category in NCAA Division I history.
The duo helped guide the 2008 version of the Big Orange softball team to its fifth consecutive 50-win season and fifth straight berth into the field of 64 for the annual NCAA Tournament.
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
University Division Academic All-America of the Year Voting
First Place (WINNER): Tincher, Angela
|Catcher||Chelsea Bramlett||MISSISSIPPI STATE||VI||So.||Cordova, Tenn.||3.82||Physical Education|
|Infield||Jessica Chrabaszcz||DELAWARE STATE||II||Sr.||Johnston, R.I.||4.0||Chemistry|
|Infield||Jessica Toocheck||KENT STATE||IV||Sr.||Medina, Ohio||3.90||Special Education|
|Infield||Colleen McGlaughlin||IOWA||VII||Jr.||Morton, Ill.||4.0||Actuarial Science|
|Infield||Sara Dyer||TULSA||VI||Sr.||Sand Springs, Okla.||3.94||Communications|
|Outfield||Lisa Kingsmore||WINTHROP||III||Jr.||Brampton, Ontario||3.99||Chemistry|
|Outfield||Lillian Hammond||TENNESSEE||IV||Jr.||Chattanooga, Tenn.||4.00||Criminal Justice|
|Outfield||Amber Maisonet||ALBANY||I||Sr.||Newburgh, N.Y.||3.85||Psychology|
|Pitcher||Angela Tincher||VIRGINIA TECH||III||Sr.||Eagle Rock, VA||3.84||Finance|
|Pitcher||Stacey Nelson||FLORIDA||III||Jr.||Los Alamitos, Calif.||3.61||Philosophy|
|DP||Mary Beth Puccio||FORDHAM||I||Jr.||Brightwaters, N.Y.||3.58||Accounting|
|Catcher||Laura Matthews||DAYTON||IV||Sr.||Nashville, Tenn.||3.8||Sports Management|
|Infield||Stephanie Fischer||TENNESSEE TECH||IV||Sr.||Stevens Point, Wis.||3.50||Business|
|Infield||Brianna Bricker||ST. BONAVENTURE||I||Sr.||Albion, Pa.||3.92||Management Sciences|
|Infield||Beth Boden||TENNESSEE TECH||IV||Sr.||Plover, Wis.||3.75||Civil Engineering|
|Infield||Valerie Chapple||KANSAS||VII||Jr.||Overland Park, Kan.||4.0||Secondary Education/Physics|
|Outfield||Jackie Vasquez||ARIZONA STATE||VIII||Sr.||Tucson, Ariz.||3.65||Special Education|
|Outfield||Kaitlin Cochran||ARIZONA STATE||VIII||Jr.||Yorba Linda, Calif.||3.47||Pre-Secondary Education-Math|
|Outfield||Ashton Payne||SOUTH CAROLINA||III||Jr.||Richmond, Va.||3.98||Biology|
|Pitcher||Megan Rhodes||TENNESSEE||IV||Sr.||Nashville, Tenn.||3.86||Psychology|
|Pitcher||Tara Oltman||CREIGHTON||VII||So.||Cortland, Neb.||4.0||English / Secondary Education|
|DP||Aimee Enzler||NORTH DAKOTA STATE||VII||Sr.||Wayzata, Minn.||3.81||Physical Education/Adapted P.E.|