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Hammond, Rhodes Tab Academic Honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ??? The Tennessee Lady Vol softball program has continued its amazing success in the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American program as two UT players were chosen to either the 2008 first or second-team. Junior outfielder Lillian Hammond (4.0 GPA, criminal justice) reaped her second consecutive selection as a First-Team Academic All-American, while senior pitcher Megan Rhodes (3.86, psychology) was tabbed to the second team.

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??

University Division
CatcherChelsea BramlettMISSISSIPPI STATEVISo.Cordova, Tenn.3.82Physical Education
InfieldJessica ChrabaszczDELAWARE STATEIISr.Johnston, R.I.4.0Chemistry
InfieldJessica ToocheckKENT STATEIVSr.Medina, Ohio3.90Special Education
InfieldColleen McGlaughlinIOWAVIIJr.Morton, Ill.4.0Actuarial Science
InfieldSara DyerTULSAVISr.Sand Springs, Okla.3.94Communications
OutfieldLisa KingsmoreWINTHROPIIIJr.Brampton, Ontario3.99Chemistry
OutfieldLillian HammondTENNESSEEIVJr.Chattanooga, Tenn.4.00Criminal Justice
OutfieldAmber MaisonetALBANYISr.Newburgh, N.Y.3.85Psychology
PitcherAngela TincherVIRGINIA TECHIIISr.Eagle Rock, VA3.84Finance
PitcherStacey NelsonFLORIDAIIIJr.Los Alamitos, Calif.3.61Philosophy
DPMary Beth PuccioFORDHAMIJr.Brightwaters, N.Y.3.58Accounting
University Division
CatcherLaura MatthewsDAYTONIVSr.Nashville, Tenn.3.8Sports Management
InfieldStephanie FischerTENNESSEE TECHIVSr.Stevens Point, Wis.3.50Business
InfieldBrianna BrickerST. BONAVENTUREISr.Albion, Pa.3.92Management Sciences
InfieldBeth BodenTENNESSEE TECHIVSr.Plover, Wis.3.75Civil Engineering
InfieldValerie ChappleKANSASVIIJr.Overland Park, Kan.4.0Secondary Education/Physics
OutfieldJackie VasquezARIZONA STATEVIIISr.Tucson, Ariz.3.65Special Education
OutfieldKaitlin CochranARIZONA STATEVIIIJr.Yorba Linda, Calif.3.47Pre-Secondary Education-Math
OutfieldAshton PayneSOUTH CAROLINAIIIJr.Richmond, Va.3.98Biology
PitcherMegan RhodesTENNESSEEIVSr.Nashville, Tenn.3.86Psychology
PitcherTara OltmanCREIGHTONVIISo.Cortland, Neb.4.0English / Secondary Education
DPAimee EnzlerNORTH DAKOTA STATEVIISr.Wayzata, Minn.3.81Physical Education/Adapted P.E.



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