Shipman is an anthropology major and owns a 3.49 GPA. She has been an outstanding student and a staple among Tennessee’s brightest student-athletes from the moment she stepped on campus. In 2013, she garnered Capital One Academic All-American honors for the first time in her career, earning a spot on the second team. Shipman is a four-time Dean’s List honoree and has been an all-conference academic selection every year, earning SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll accolades in 2012 and 2013 and a spot on the 2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Shipman has been a steadfast leader on the team the past few seasons, unafraid of holding herself and teammates accountable for their play. As the team’s starting shortstop the last three seasons, she has been the anchor of the infield, serving as a vocal leader in games and in practice. Off the field, Shipman carries the same responsibilities as a team leader, leading both vocally and by example to ensure that she and her teammates carry themselves to a high Tennessee standard. In off-field team activities and community service work, Shipman helps with communication and coordination among her teammates to accomplish tasks and serve others. She is always respectful and positive in her interactions with the media and fans and she enjoys working with young softball players who aspire to play at the next level.
Shipman has been active in community service over the years. Over the last two years, she has been committed to spending quality time and with Averi Ramsey, a young cancer patient that the Tennessee softball team adopted as a teammate in 2013. Shipman also has worked various events that allow her to interact with members of the community, whether it involves softball or handing out candy at Halloween or distributing season tickets door-to-door.
Madison Shipman has enjoyed a record-setting senior campaign so far. She is hitting a career-best .433 with eight home runs, nine doubles, 26 RBIs, 28 runs and seven stolen bases. Her slugging percentage is a whopping .773 and her on-base percentage is .526, combining for a 1.299 OPS. Shipman tied the Tennessee single-season hit streak record with 20-consecutive games with a hit from Feb. 9 through March 9. On March 21 against South Carolina, Shipman hit a grand slam, the fourth of her career. Her four grand slams are the most by any one player in Tennessee history, according to grand slam records dating back to 2001. On March 23, she recorded a Tennessee record nine defensive assists in UT’s 6-5 win over South Carolina. Shipman was named SEC Player of the Week on March 24 after an outstanding week in Tennessee’s three-game sweep of South Carolina and a win over Middle Tennessee State.