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Former Valencia softball star up for award

Posted: March 14, 2014 9:58 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Former Valencia standout Madison Shipman is one of 30 seniors in contention for the Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Division I softball.

Shipman is in her fourth season as Tennessee’s starting shortstop where she owns a .337 career batting average and is currently fourth all time in career home runs for the Lady Volunteers.

She has started 208 of the 212 games she played in during her time at Tennessee.

This year, Tennessee is ranked No. 2 nationally and is 22-2. Shipman has been a big part of that success batting .411 with 30 hits, seven home runs and 17 RBIs.

She also tied the school record with a 20-game hitting streak that ran from Feb. 9 through March 11.

The Anthropology major earned Capital One Academic All-American honors in 2013 and has been a first-team All-SEC player for the last two years.

According to its website, the Senior CLASS Award “honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.”

The acronym stands for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.”

The field will be narrowed down to 10 candidates midway through the regular season when they will be voted on by media, coaches and fans.

The award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, which runs from May 29 through June 4.


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