Lindsay Schutzler Academic A-A of Year

A program-record three members of the No. 1 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (59-6) have been honored for their work both on the field and in the classroom by being named to the ESPN the Magazine First-Team Academic All-America squad.

Senior centerfielder Lindsay Schutzler was selected as the prestigious University Division Player of the Year for the second consecutive campaign, while Schutzler, senior India Chiles (3.50, psychology) and sophomore Lillian Hammond (4.00 GPA, sociology) each were tabbed to the national first-team.

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.

One of only 12 players in NCAA Division I softball history to have recorded more than 300 hits, 200 runs scored and 100 steals during her playing career, Schutzler currently leads the Tennessee record books with 356 hits, 239 runs and 118 stolen bases in 143 attempts. A psychology major maintaining a 3.88 G.P.A., the Monterey, Calif., native has twice been a first-team Academic All-America (2006, 2007).

She is currently hitting .401 with nine doubles, five triples, four home runs and 49 RBI for the Big Orange. Schutzler has tallied 24 multi-hit games in 2007 and 15 multi-RBI efforts. The 5'5 outfielder was among the finalists for the inaugural Senior CLASS award presented to a senior softball player on the basis of playing ability, leadership and community service.

The reigning 2007 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Chiles led the SEC in batting average at .466. The Louisville, Ky., native currently leads the UT career record books in batting average at .418, to stand .020 of a point ahead of former two-time All-American Sarah Fekete (.398). She also rates No. 1 in on-base percentage (.457, first), while her 84 total stolen bases are good for third in Lady Vol history. She has recorded a team-high 25 multi-hit contests in 2007 with a pair of 4-for-4 efforts. Chiles tore the ACL in her right knee in regional action and missed the Super Regional.

Tennessee's second leading hitter since March 30 at a robust .489 (22-of-45) with 16 runs scored, Hammond has made the best of her 18 opportunities to start over UT's last 24 contests. Included among her outstanding efforts during that span was a 6-for-6 performance combining 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. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native hit a respectable .375 (3-of-8) with an RBI and three stolen bases during the NCAA Super Regional series against No. 12 Hawai'i in Knoxville last weekend.

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.

No. 1 Tennessee will open its road at the Women's College World Series against No. 7 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET, on Thursday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The matchup will be broadcast live on the ESPN national television network in high definition as well as on radio with the "Voice of the Lady Vols" Mickey Dearstone doing play-by-play on The Sports Animal at 99.1 or 99.3 FM or 990 AM (Yahoo Sports via utladyvols.com).

ALL-AMERICAN SQUADS: Four members of the softball team 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.


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