Gibson predicts that their friendship will ease the transition to college life and softball significantly. The two are already planning on rooming together. “I personally think it’s going to be easier for me,” she said. “And kind of knowing that if I made a mistake, one of my good friends probably made that mistake too, so I won’t be the only one getting in trouble.” The early commitment seemed natural to both Gibson, who plays third base, and Keene, who plays first base. “I’ve been sending emails to colleges since I was in the 7th grade,” Keene said. “When it comes to the University of Tennessee, how could I have possibly turned down their offer?” The Vols competed in their 14th consecutive NCAA tournament last season and hosted an NCAA Regional and Super Regional. They were third in the SEC regular-season standings. The Saugus tandem will join Ally Shipman, who is entering her senior campaign with Valencia, at Tennessee when they begin their collegiate careers.
so thankful and proud to say that I have committed to playing D1 softball at the University of Tennessee!!😊😊 pic.twitter.com/jtvFAq221B— gracie keene👅 (@_gracecarolynn_) October 3, 2017
“Knowing that I also have another player that I’m going to be with in Tennessee, that’s really cool too,” said Gibson. “Knowing her and how good she is of a player, I know (it’ll be nice) that in college I’ll be able to play with her instead of against her.”
Another Saugus Softball Freshman has committed to play at Tennessee! Congrats to Mckenna Gibson!! pic.twitter.com/1fzFztIxxh— Saugus Softball (@SaugusSoftball1) October 4, 2017