RENFROE SWEEPS NATIONAL AWARDS
Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe Receives Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Honors
March 5, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As a result of her impressive efforts during No. 6 Tennessee’s series victory over then-No. 1 Alabama this past weekend, pitcher Ivy Renfroe has been selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week for March 12.
The Lady Vol senior was a perfect 2-0 overall with a miniscule 0.68 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10.1 innings of work against the top-ranked and then unbeaten Crimson Tide. The Jackson, Tenn., native helped hand UA its initial defeat of 2013 by tossing an inning of scoreless relief during the Big Orange’s 4-3 triumph on March 8. The next afternoon Renfroe took to the circle in a starting role and limited the always-dangerous ‘Bama offense to just one earned run on five hits while striking out seven in a complete-game, 2-1 victory.
The 6-0 right hander is currently the only pitcher in the nation that can boast a pair of victories over 2013’s then-No. 1-ranked team. The occurrence also marked the first time Tennessee has recorded back-to-back wins over a No. 1 squad since sweeping a doubleheader from top-rated Alabama on the final day of the 2007 regular season to claim the program’s only SEC regular season title.
Renfroe currently leads the way for the Lady Vol pitching staff with an 8-1 overall record and a 0.86 ERA to go along with 56 strikeouts in 56.2 innings of work.
Next up for No. 6 Tennessee is a mid-week match-up against Winthrop in Knoxville, Tenn., before hitting the road for a high-profile three-game series at No. 3 Florida over March 15-17.
Other Selected Top Performances
LSU’s Rachele Fico was 2-0 with a shutout, a 0.33 ERA and 30 K’s in 21 innings while tying a SEC single-game record with 22 strikeouts during a 14-inning win over Mississippi State…Longwood’s Brooke Short hit .609 (14-for-23) with six HR’s and 23 RBIs on her way to Big South Player of the Week honors…Washington’s Hooch Fagaly batted .615 (8-for-13) with three HR’s and 13 RBIs…Louisville’s Alicja Wolny led the Cardinals this past week by batting .714 (5-for-7) with two HR’s, six RBIs and eight walks, while reaching base safely in 13 of 15 plate appearances…California’s Cheyenne Cordes posted a .500 (9-for-18) batting average with four HR’s (two of them grand slams), three doubles and 12 RBIs at the Bayer Crop Science Invitational in Fresno, Calif….Florida’s Briana Little hit .667 (6-for-9) with a .786 on-base percentage, three multi-hit games, seven runs scored and four RBIs on her way to being named SEC Player of the Week…Western Illinois’ Monica Rondon was chosen Summit League Player of the Week for hitting .353 (6-for-17) with four HR’s and 12 RBIs for the Leathernecks…Nebraska-Omaha’s Dana Elsasser was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 23 K’s in 19 innings in earning Summit League Pitcher of the Week accolades…Tulsa’s Aimee Creger was 2-0 with a save, a 0.00 ERA and 31 strikeouts in just 15 frames, and she also was 2-for-4 with a HR and six RBIs in a win over Marshall…USF’s Kenshyra Jackson blasted four HR’s and knocked in eight runs while hitting .400 for the Bulls…Oklahoma’s Shelby Pendley batted .778 (7-for-9) with a 2.333 slugging percentage and four HR’s for the Sooners…Illinois State’s Elizabeth Kay hit .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles, six walks and eight RBIs at Louisville’s Red & Black Classic…Arizona’s Lauren Young hammered five HR’s and knocked in 11 while going 7-for-8 (.875) at the dish for the Wildcats…James Madison’s Sarah Mooney hit .625 (10-for-16) with five HR’s and 12 RBIs while also picking up a pitching win for the Dukes…Wisconsin’s Meghan McIntosh fired a no-hitter against Eastern Kentucky in going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 17 K’s to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolades…Oregon’s Janie Takeda batted .636 (7-for-11) with three multi-hit efforts, two steals and two RBIs…Georgia’s Anna Swafford hit .700 (9-for-14) with four HR’s and four RBIs.
2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 19 – B.B. Bates – UCLA – Sr. – OF – Victorville, Calif.
Feb. 26 – Kelsey Stevens – Stanford – Fr. – P – Albuquerque, N.M.
March 5 – Katie Keller – Louisville – Jr. – 2B – Livermore, Calif.
March 12 – Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Sr. – P – Jackson, Tenn.
Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week
OKLAHOMA CITY — Ivy Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn.) is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for March 4-10, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Tennessee senior played a key role in helping the then-No. 10 Lady Vols take two wins over then-No. 2 Alabama last week.
“It truly means a lot and I just want to give all the glory to the Lord,” said Renfroe. “I want to thank my team also for backing me up on defense and making great plays behind me.”
On the week, Renfroe went 2-0 with a .68 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10.1 innings against Alabama. She tossed one inning of relief to earn the win in game one of the series and threw seven strong innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win in game two. In Sunday’s final game, she tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
“We are very proud of Ivy,” said Tennessee Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly. “She performed outstanding in the circle against one of the top offensive programs in the nation. She was a key to our series win.”
This marks the first time this season that a Tennessee athlete has garnered Player of the Week honors and the eighth-consecutive season a Lady Vol has been selected. The last Tennessee athlete to earn Player of the Week was Raven Chavanne for her efforts in Week 12 of last season. Up next for the No. 7 Lady Vols is a home match-up against Winthrop before heading to Gainesville, Fla. for a three-game conference series against No. 3 Florida.
2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Senior – Pitcher– San Jose, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): BB Bates – UCLA – Senior – Outfield – Victorville, Calif.
Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Mel Dumezich – Texas A&M – Senior – Pitcher – Whiting, Ind.
Week 4 (Feb. 25- March 3): Katie Keller – Louisville – Junior – Second Base – Livermore, Calif.
Week 5 (March 4-10): Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Senior – Pitcher – Jackson, Tenn.