Co-Head Coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly
Oct. 5, 2011
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With four fall contests already under its belt, the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team now turns its attention to the home portion of the 2011 fall campaign that begins on Thurs., Oct. 6, with a doubleheader against Western Kentucky (5 p.m. ET) and Chattanooga State (7 p.m. ET) at the Lee Softball Stadium. Admission is free to the public for both contests.
Playing throughout the fall campaign without the services of 2010 NFCA All-American outfielder Kat Dotson and 2011 Freshman All-Southeastern Conference shortstop Madison Shipman, and able to get only limited action from two-time NFCA All-American third baseman Raven Chavanne, as all three continue their recovery from off-season surgery, UT opened its fall season with four match-ups at the Virginia Women's Fall Collegiate Softball Invitational & Military Appreciation Benefit Tournament over Sept. 24 & 25.
This year's Big Orange softball squad returns 15 letter-winners, including seven that started at least 31 games in 2011, and welcomes back all 49 pitching victories from the circle. UT bolsters that depth with the addition of a high-profile class of four newcomers.
In all, Tennessee returns 74% of the total hits, 78% of the runs, 67% of the doubles, 75% of the triples, 68% of the home runs, 74% of the RBIs and 83% of the stolen bases from NCAA Division I's top offense by batting average (.348) in 2011.
Included among the returnees for the Lady Vols are (2011 stat totals in parentheses): 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA First Team All-American and current USA Softball Senior Women's National Team member Lauren Gibson (Junior, 2B--2011 SEC batting champion counting SEC games only at .451, .420 avg., 13 doubles, eight HR's, 63 RBIs, 12-12 stolen bases), 2011 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team All-American Raven Chavanne (Junior, 3B/OF--2011 SEC batting champion counting all games, .455 avg., 90 hits, 66 runs scored, 33-36 stolen bases), 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Third Team All-American Ellen Renfroe (Sophomore, P--45 appearances, 27 games started, 26-7 record, 1.50 ERA, 259 K's in 201.0 IP), 2011 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist and Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region selection Kat Dotson (Junior, OF--.401 avg., 73 hits, 54 runs scored, 10 HR's, 64 RBIs, 26-31 stolen bases), 2011 Southeastern Conference All-Freshman choice and recent USA Softball Junior Women's National Team member Madison Shipman (Sophomore, IF--.292 avg., eight doubles, five HR's, 27 RBIs), power-hitting utility player Shelby Burchell (Senior, UTL--.325 avg., 15 HR's, 54 RBIs) and 2010 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region selection Ivy Renfroe (Junior, P--37 appearances, 25 games started, 19-4 record, 2.07 ERA, 157 Ks in 152.1 IP).
Highlighting the Lady Vol freshman class that was rated No. 2 in the nation for 2011 by ESPN RISE are Cheyanne Tarango (P/IF, Anaheim Hills, Calif.), Hannah Akamine (C/IF, Escondido, Calif.,), Haley Fagan (P/IF, Cornersville, Tenn.) and recent roster addition Hannah Trainer (IF, Brentwood, Tenn.).
Be sure to follow the official Tennessee softball Twitter site (@LadyVol_Sftball) for live in-game updates from Thursday's doubleheader.
TENNESSEE FALL SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
Sherri Parker Lee Stadium Fall Match-Ups
Thursday, Oct. 6
5 p.m. Western Kentucky vs. TENNESSEE
7 p.m. Chattanooga State vs. TENNESSEE
Saturday, Oct. 22
2 p.m. Vol State vs. TENNESSEE
4 p.m. Tennessee Tech vs. TENNESSEE