Ivy Renfroe named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week

By Codi Warren | March 12, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY --- Ivy Renfroe (Jackson, Tenn.) is the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for March 4-10, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The Tennessee senior played a key role in helping the then-No. 10 Lady Vols take two wins over then-No. 2 Alabama last week.

“It truly means a lot and I just want to give all the glory to the Lord,” said Renfroe. “I want to thank my team also for backing me up on defense and making great plays behind me.”

On the week, Renfroe went 2-0 with a .68 ERA and eight strikeouts over 10.1 innings against Alabama. She tossed one inning of relief to earn the win in game one of the series and threw seven strong innings with seven strikeouts to earn the win in game two. In Sunday’s final game, she tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

“We are very proud of Ivy,” said Tennessee Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly. “She performed outstanding in the circle against one of the top offensive programs in the nation. She was a key to our series win.”

This marks the first time this season that a Tennessee athlete has garnered Player of the Week honors and the eighth-consecutive season a Lady Vol has been selected. The last Tennessee athlete to earn Player of the Week was Raven Chavanne for her efforts in Week 12 of last season. Up next for the No. 7 Lady Vols is a home match-up against Winthrop before heading to Gainesville, Fla. for a three-game conference series against No. 3 Florida.

2013 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week

Week 1 (Feb. 7-10): Keilani Ricketts - Oklahoma - Senior - Pitcher– San Jose, Calif.
Week 2 (Feb. 11-17): BB Bates – UCLA – Senior – Outfield – Victorville, Calif.
Week 3 (Feb. 18-24): Mel Dumezich – Texas A&M – Senior – Pitcher – Whiting, Ind.
Week 4 (Feb. 25- March 3): Katie Keller – Louisville – Junior – Second Base –Livermore, Calif.
Week 5 (March 4-10): Ivy Renfroe – Tennessee – Senior – Pitcher – Jackson, Tenn.

About ASA
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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