Four Lady Vols Softball Players Chosen To NFCA All-American Squads

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Four members of the No. 1 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (59-6) were selected to either the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first or second All-American teams according to a release by the organization on Wednesday evening. Seniors Monica Abbott and India Chiles reaped nods to the first team, while junior Tonya Callahan and senior Lindsay Schutzler were tabbed to the second squad. Over the last three seasons, the Big Orange have registered 13 All-American nods, including nine first-team selections.

The quartet have helped guide the 2007 version of the Orange & White to a program-best 59-6 record, a third consecutive Women’s College World Series berth, both NCAA Regional and Super Regional titles and UT’s first Southeastern Conference regular season championship.

For Abbott the first-team All-American nod marked the fourth consecutive of her illustrious career while wearing the Orange & White. The Salinas, Calif., native has established new NCAA Division I career records for wins (185), strikeouts (2,365), shutouts (108) and appearances (247) during her senior campaign. In Oklahoma City, Okla., on Tuesday evening, Abbott made history by receiving the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award after a season in which she registered a national-best 46-3 record with a 0.65 ERA, 25 shutouts and 649 strikeouts in 314.1 innings. In fact, she stands just 15 K’s from breaking the prestigious NCAA D-I single-season strikeout record of 663 K’s currently held by former Southern Miss hurler Courtney Blades.

Despite a trying season that has tested her mettle with numerous injuries to her left shoulder and most recently to her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), Chiles continues to lead the Southeastern Conference in batting average at .466 with 81 hits and a team-best 56 runs scored and 43 stolen bases in 45 attempts. The 2007 SEC Player of the Year raised her career average to a Lady Vol-high .418 to stand .020 ahead of former two-time All-American Sarah Fekete. She has recorded a team-high 25 multi-hit contests in 2007 with a pair of 4-for-4 efforts. Chiles recorded a .633 (8-of-12) mark for Tennessee at Kentucky and hit .562 during a four-game stretch with a school record four stolen bases in UT’s 9-4 series-closing victory over UK to receive her first SEC Player of the Week honor back on April 16.

One of only 12 players in NCAA Division I history to register 300 hits, 200 runs scored and 100 stolen bases in her playing career, Monterey, Calif., native Schutzler is currently hitting .401 for the Big Orange with 49 RBI. A two-time ESPN the Magazine University Division Academic All-American of the Year (2006, 2007) with a 3.88 GPA in psychology, Schutzler leads the UT record books in career hits (356), runs (239), stolen bases (118), total bases (473) and triples (20) while rating fourth overall in career batting average (.384) and on-base percentage (.447) and sixth in RBI (152). The 2007 first-team All-SEC and All-South Region selection made the list of 11 remaining finalists for the prestigious USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year trophy and was one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Senior CLASS award.

First-team All-SEC and All-South Region selection Callahan has continued her crucial power production for the Big Orange during her 2007 season. The all-time leader in UT history in home runs with 35, the Holden, Mo., native has recorded a .416 batting average this season with a team-high 16 doubles, 11 HR’s and 59 RBI. During NCAA Tournament action, the first/third baseman has hit an amazing .632 (12-of-19) with three doubles, a home run and eight RBI over six contests. Since the beginning of the doubleheader with then No. 1 Alabama 10 games ago, Callahan has recorded a .581 batting average with two HR’s and 16 RBI, including five multi-RBI games.

2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Americans

First Team

Pos.
Name
School

P
Monica Abbott
University of Tennessee

P
Katie Burkhart
Arizona State University

P
Angela Tincher
Virginia Tech

C
Killian Roessner
Louisiana State University

1B
Dena Tyson
University of Washington

2B
Lauren Parker
University of Alabama

3B
Norrelle Dickson
University of Oklahoma

SS
Jennifer Salling
University of Oregon

OF
India Chiles
University of Tennessee

OF
Kaitlin Cochran
Arizona State University

OF
Caitlin Lowe
University of Arizona

UT/P
Danielle Lawrie
University of Washington

UT/Non-P
Chelsea Bramlett
Mississippi State University

At-Large/UT
Megan Gibson
Texas A&M University

At-Large/OF
Caitlin Lever
Georgia Institute of Technology

At-Large/OF
Lisa Modglin
California Polytechnic State University, SLO

At-Large/P
Amanda Scarborough
Texas A&M University

At-Large/SS
Tammy Williams
Northwestern University

Second Team

Pos.
Name
School

P
Eileen Canney
Northwestern University

P
Taryne Mowatt
University of Arizona

P
Stacey Nelson
University of Florida

C
Rachel Folden
Marshall University

1B
Tonya Callahan
University of Tennessee

2B
Lisa Dodd
University of California, Los Angeles

3B
Kara Nelson
Illinois State University

SS
Amber Jackson
University of Maryland

OF
Krista Colburn
University of California, Los Angeles

OF
Danielle Kinley
Pennsylvania State University

OF
Brittany Rogers
University of Alabama

UT/P
Kate Robinson
University of Hawaii

UT/Non-P
Susan Ogden
University of Oklahoma

At-Large/P
Tracie Adix
DePaul University

At-Large/SS
Ashley Charters
University of Washington

At-Large/1B
Samantha Ricketts
University of Oklahoma

At-Large/OF
Lindsay Schutzler
University of Tennessee

At-Large/3B
Clare Warwick
University of Hawaii

Third Team

Pos.
Name
School

P
Lauren Eckermann
University of Oklahoma

P
Robin Mackin
Fresno State University

P
Chrissy Owens
University of Alabama

C
Courtney Totte
Oklahoma State University

1B
Garland Cooper
Northwestern University

2B
Veronica Wootson
Florida State University

3B
Brette Reagan
Baylor University

SS
Aileen Morales
Georgia Institute of Technology

OF
Gina Carbonatto
University of the Pacific

OF
Angela Findlay
University of Michigan

OF
Leslie Klein
Louisiana State University

UT/P
Abbie Sims
North Carolina State University

UT/Non-P
Tyleen Tausaga
University of Hawaii

At-Large/1B
Jennifer Curtier
University of the Pacific

At-Large/OF
Alissa Haber
Stanford University

At-Large/UT
Becca Heteniak
DePaul University

At-Large/1B
Ashley Monceaux
Baylor University

At-Large/2B
Kim Waleszonia
University of Florida


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