Tennessee softball infielder Meghan Gregg represented the Volunteers on the national stage. She was named a 2017 NFCA Division I First Team All-American.
This year’s Tennessee softball team did miss the College World Series by one game in heartbreaking fashion.
But the Vols were young, exceeded expectations, and have the future to look forward to. All of that can be exemplified by their star player, Meghan Gregg.
Gregg was named a 2017 NFCA Division I First Team All-American as an at-large shortstop on Wednesday. You can see the full list here.
As a junior, Gregg was a finalist for National Player of the Year and did win SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and made All-SEC First Team.
With an amazing batting average of .437, 15 home runs, 79 RBIs, a .557 on-base-percentage and an .838 slugging percentage to make for a 1.395 OPS, the offensive numbers were clearly there on top of her elite defense.
She also stole seven bases on nine attempts.
Gregg was one of 55 All-Americans from 35 different schools, but only 18 were able to be named First Team All-Americans. She was among 14 SEC players overall to make All-American teams.
Doing this as as junior also just shows how much excitement she’s helping to generate for Tennessee softball next year.
After all, her average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage have all improved each year she’s been in Knoxville.
And she’s gone from 13 to 11 to 15 home runs, which was one every four games and every 11 at-bats this year.
So Ralph and Karen Weekly have to be excited about the 2018 year with all but one real contributor coming back and with Gregg as the face of the program.
While they still feel the sting of the back to back losses to the Texas A&M Aggies in Knoxville in the NCAA Super Regionals after winning the first game, though, Gregg’s All-American selection is a nice consolation.