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Madison Shipman wins Honda Sports Award

Posted: June 17, 2014 9:54 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2014 9:54 p.m.

University of Tennessee shortstop and Valencia High graduate Madison Shipman won the Honda Sports Award, given to one female student athlete in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

 

Valencia High graduate Madison Shipman may have already begun her professional softball career with the USSSA Pride, but that hasn’t stopped others from continuing to award her collegiate excellence.

Shipman became just the second University of Tennessee softball player in program history to win the Honda Sports Award, given to one female student athlete in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

The award also makes Shipman a finalist for the Collegiate Women’s Athlete of the Year award and the 2014 Honda Cup.

The honor is the second Shipman has received in less than two weeks, as she was earlier named the 2014 Senior CLASS award winner, and was also named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American for the third straight year.

“I am extremely honored to not only win this award but be apart of the award’s legendary list of recipients,” said Shipman in a press release. “My coaches, teammates and the University of Tennessee have all helped me become the player and person I am today. It has been an unforgettable journey for me these last four years and I couldn’t have done this without them.”

Shipman was at the top of her game in 2014, leading the Volunteers with a .417 batting average, 18 home runs, 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.

The Tennessee shortstop helped lead the school to the Super Regional round this season, before being eliminated by the University of Oklahoma.

As she enters the professional ranks, Shipman leaves Tennessee third all-time in career home runs (44), doubles (55) and total bases (444). She’s fourth in RBIs (207) and walks (105) and fifth in slugging percentage (.611).

She finished her career ranked in Tennessee’s top five in six different categories. 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 ranks second in Tennessee history and her 29 career double plays turned rank third.

The winner of the Honda Cup will be announced June 30.

In three previous years the softball award winner has been given the Honda Cup, last season (Kelani Ricketts, Oklahoma), in 2003 (Natasha Watley, UCLA) and 1993 (Lisa Fernandez, UCLA).

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