The top-ranked Lady Vol softball program has been honored for its work both on the field and in the classroom by having three players reap ESPN the Magazine First-Team All-District IV selections. Senior center fielder Lindsay Schutzler made it three consecutive seasons on the first-team, while senior outfielder/designated player India Chiles picked up an all-district selection for the third consecutive campaign after being chosen first team in 2006 and second-team in 2005. Sophomore outfielder Lillian Hammond reaped her first nod to the all-district academic squad.
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.
Schutzler has already been lauded in 2007 for her work on and off the playing field by being chosen as the Southeastern Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Monterey, Calif., native is currently hitting .406 for the Big Orange with a team co-best 49 RBI. Last year's ESPN the Magazine University Division Academic All-American of the Year, Schutzler leads the UT record books in career hits (344), runs (231), stolen bases (114), total bases (463) and triples (20) while rating fourth overall in career batting average (.385) and on-base percentage (.447) and sixth in RBI (152). She is also one of 11 remaining finalists for the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy and one of 20 finalists for the inaugural Senior CLASS award.
The reigning 2007 SEC Player of the Year, Chiles is currently guiding the league in batting average at .476 and SEC-only average at a remarkable .544. The Louisville, Ky., native currently leads the UT record books in batting average at .420, to stand .022 of a point ahead of former two-time All-American Sarah Fekete (.398). She also rates No. 1 in on-base percentage (.458 - first), while her 81 total stolen bases are good for third in Lady Vol history. She has recorded a team-high 24 multi-hit contests in 2007 with a pair of 4-for-4 efforts.
Tennessee's leading hitter since March 30 at a robust .567 (17-of-30) with 10 runs scored, Hammond has made the best of her 12 recent opportunities to start over UT's last 18 contests. Included among her outstanding efforts during that span was a 6-for-6 performance over both ends of a doubleheader against ETSU and four hits in eight at-bats (.500) during three match-ups as the Big Orange swept Georgia.
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.
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Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information