KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee softball senior Rainey Gaffin became the 10th player in program history to earn All-America honors in back-to-back seasons after earning NFCA Third-Team All-America recognition on Wednesday as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
In all, 58 players from 31 different schools were selected to the NFCA’s three All-America teams. The SEC led all conferences with 18 selections, followed by the Pac-12, which had 10 players chosen.
Gaffin was selected as a pitcher/utility player for the second consecutive season after earning second-team honors last season. UT has now had at least one player earn NFCA All-America recognition in each of the past 13 seasons and has had 32 total selections in program history.
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Gaffin joins elite company in Monica Abbott (4X), Raven Chavanne (4X), Tonya Callahan (3X), Lauren Gibson (3X),Lindsay Schutzler (3X), Madison Shipman (3X), Kristi Durant (2X), Sarah Fekete (2X) and Ellen Renfroe (2X) as Vols who have earned All-America honors multiple times during their careers on Rocky Top.
The Thornton, Colo., native earned her All-America distinction after setting career highs with 38 RBIs and five home runs while also going 9-3 in the circle with a 2.32 ERA. She was among the team’s offensive leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs, doubles, triples, home runs and total bases. Gaffin also led the team and ranked among the national leaders with five saves this season. She was also an All-SEC second-team pick and an SEC All-Defensive team selection this season.
Gaffin finishes her career ranked among the top 10 in program history in triples (T-7th), on-base percentage (10th), hit by pitch (T-6th), ERA (9th), saves (5th), opponent batting average (6th) and strikeouts per seven innings (5th).