Shipman, Aldrete named NFCA All-Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY - Tennessee senior shortstop Madison Shipman and freshman catcher Annie Aldrete were named 2014 NFCA Division I All-Americans, as announced by the NFCA on Wednesday.

Shipman was named a first-team NFCA Division I All-American and Aldrete earned second-team honors. In all 54 players from 32 different institutions were selected to one of three 2014 NFCA Division I All-American teams, the Association announced on Wednesday.

This year a change was made in the NFCA's Division I awards process as three all-region teams, instead of the traditional two, were selected in each of 10 different regions. That provided more opportunities for student-athletes to receive honors as well as have a chance to earn potential All-American status from the Association.

The five conferences that are participating at this year's Women's College World Series were well represented as an impressive 39 of the 54 total selections, including 16 of the 18 student-athletes on the first team, were garnered by either the Southeastern Conference (14), the Pac-12 Conference (13), the Atlantic Coast Conference (five), the Big 12 Conference (four) or the Sun Belt Conference (three).

Shipman is a three-time All-American, having earned first-team honors in 2013 and 2014 and second-team-honors in 2012. She is just the sixth Lady Vol to become a three-time All-American, joining Monica Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Raven Chavanne (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008), Lindsay Schutzler (2005, 2006, 2007) and Lauren Gibson (2011, 2012, 2013). Shipman enjoyed her best season as a senior in 2014 and was one of the main driving forces behind UT's run to the Super Regionals. She is a finalist for the Senior CLASS award, a Capital One Academic All-America® First Team selection, a Top Ten Finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the year, the 2014 SEC Player of the Year, a First Team All-SEC selection and a SEC All-Defensive Team pick.

Shipman finished the season with a team-high .417 batting average, 18 homers, 16 doubles, 54 RBIs, 56 runs, 46 walks and 13 stolen bases. She also led the team with a .833 slugging percentage and a .548 on-base percentage. Shipman tied Tennessee's single-season record with a 20-game hitting streak from Feb. 9 to March 9 and set a new school single-game record with nine defensive assists against South Carolina on March 23.

Shipman shined throughout the grind of the 2014 SEC season and became the fourth Tennessee player to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, joining India Chiles (2007), Tonya Callahan (2008) and Lauren Gibson (2013). She was a two-time SEC Player of the Week (March 24, April 14) and led the league with a .591 on-base percentage and ranked second in the with a .449 batting average, an .899 slugging percentage and 26 runs in league play. She also ranked third with seven doubles, fourth with 25 RBIs and tied for fifth with nine homers in SEC play.

In 29 games against teams that made the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Shipman hit a team-best .416 (32-for-77) with 12 homers, four doubles, 30 RBIs, 30 runs, 29 walks, five stolen bases, a .935 slugging percentage and a .579 on-base percentage.

Shipman completed her Tennessee career as one of UT's best all-around players and one of its greatest power hitters. She finished her career ranked in Tennessee's top five in home runs (44, third), doubles (55, third), total bases (444, third), RBIs (207, fourth), walks (105, fourth) and slugging percentage (.611, fifth). Shipman posted a .348 career batting average and finished in the Lady Vols' top 10 in at-bats (737, ninth), runs (177, 10th), hits (253, 10th) and stolen bases (58, ninth). Her fielding was superb and she was widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop in the nation. Shipman's 397 career assists ranked second in Tennessee history and her 29 career double plays turned rank third.

Aldrete becomes the 13th All-American in Tennessee softball history, joining legends Abbott, Callahan, Chavanne, India Chiles, Kat Dotson, Kristi Durant, Sarah Fekete, Gibson, Tiffany Huff, Ellen Renfroe, Schutzler and Shipman. She is Tennessee's first freshman to earn All-America honors since Ellen Renfroe was named a third-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-American in 2011. She becomes the fifth Lady Vol to be named an All-American as a freshman, joining Abbott (2004), Chavanne (2010), Dotson (2010) and Renfroe (2011). On Tuesday, Aldrete was named the co-winner of the inaugural NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year trophy. She enjoyed one of the finest seasons in UT history, earning NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team honors and First Team All-SEC honors. She was also an SEC All-Freshman selection and was twice named SEC Freshman of the Week (March 17 and March 31) and played an integral role on Tennessee's run to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Aldrete finished the season with a .361 batting average, 19 homers, 14 doubles, 65 RBIs, 37 runs, 29 walks, an .813 slugging percentage and a .470 on-base percentage. Aldrete's team-high 19 homers (12 in SEC play) tied Tennessee's single-season record, previously set by Lauren Gibson in 2013, and her 65 RBIs also led the team. Her 65 RBIs, 19 homers and .813 slugging percentage are Tennessee freshman records. The rookie catcher also threw out seven baserunners.

Aldrete was a beast in SEC play, hitting .342 with league highs of 12 homers and 65 total bases. She also ranked second in the conference with 30 RBIs, third with a .890 slugging percentage and eighth (tied) with 20 runs scored. In 15 games against ranked teams, Aldrete hit .333 (15-for-45) with six homers, four doubles, 17 RBIs, 10 runs, an .822 slugging percentage and a .455 on-base percentage. In 29 games against teams who made the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Aldrete hit .318 (28-for-88) with 11 homers, five doubles, 32 RBIs, 19 runs, a .444 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage.


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