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Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe Receives Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Honors
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
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.