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Tennessee Softball Preview Featured on ESPN.com - Feb. 1

National softball writer Graham Hays (@grahamhays) has featured Tennessee softball (@LadyVol_Sftball) on the front page of the College Sports section on ESPN.com (Wed., Feb. 1) as his No. 8 team in the nation in the preseason.

Our very own sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman is included on the front page photo. 

Check out the beginning to his preview breakdown below and click on the link at the bottom to visit the article on ESPN.com:

No. 8 Tennessee
Last year: 49-12 overall, 20-8 SEC (lost in Knoxville Regional)

Who returns: Hits, hits and more hits return. Tennessee led the NCAA with a .348 batting average last season, and four of the five players who contributed the most hits to that average return.  Raven Chavanne ranked seventh in the nation with a .455 batting average and led the Lady Vols with 33 stolen bases. She'll settle in at third base after splitting time between the outfield and third last season, although she won't settle in there until at least the third weekend of the regular season after sustaining a broken hand in the preseason. Second baseman Lauren Gibson's 1.188 OPS led the team last season and she's perhaps poised for even better things after earning playing time with the senior United States national team that won gold in the Pan-Am Games last fall. Kat Dotson made it three players who hit better than .400 last season and was a double-double threat in home runs (10) and stolen bases (26), while Shelby Burchell is the leading returning slugger after a breakout junior season in which she hit 15 home runs.

#8 Tennessee -- Plenty of Talent Returns for Lady Vol Softball


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