KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT Release) - A powerful week's effort at the plate in helping the #10/9 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (31-9) to a doubleheader split against #9/10 Georgia and the program's first-ever road sweep at Auburn earned sophomore Madison Shipman her first career selection as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week (April 9).
The Big Orange has now garnered five weekly league selections in 2012 as junior Ivy Renfroe was previously chosen as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 5, junior third baseman Raven Chavanne was selected as the SEC Player of the Week on Feb. 27 and sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe was tabbed as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on both Feb. 13 and March 26.
Shipman was a one-woman wrecking crew during a 4-1 week for the Lady Vols, especially throughout the three-contest sweep on "the Plains" of Auburn, hitting .350 overall with a triple, four HR's and a team-best 13 RBIs. All five of the 6-1 shortstop's hits at AU were of the extra-base variety as the Valencia, Calif., native homered in all three games against the Tigers and four times overall. Shipman blasted her third career grand slam during the 9-1 (5 inn.) series-opening win over Auburn and registered a career-high two HR's in Tennessee's 6-2 victory in the finale. She also recorded a clutch RBI triple and later scored in the 10th inning to break a 3-3 dead-lock during Saturday's 5-3 (10 inn. ) win at AU while her two-RBI single during the third frame of the DH finale against #9 Georgia on April 4 proved the game-winner as Tennessee topped the `Dogs, 2-1.
She currently leads the league (counting SEC contests only) in hits (22) and RBIs (26), rates second in HR's (five) and is fifth in both slugging percentage (.667) and runs scored (14). Overall, counting all contests, Shipman possesses a .338 batting average (46-of-136) with eight doubles, a triple, eight HR's and a SEC-high 48 RBIs.