On Thursday, June 26, Tennessee softball legends Madison Shipman and Monica Abbott squared off for the third time in National Pro Fastpitch action as Shipman's USSSA Pride took a 7-1 win over Abbott's Chicago Bandits.
In the bottom of the fifth, Shipman connected on a ball from Abbott high and inside for a double down the right field line. Abbott had Shipman's number entering that at-bat, as Shipman was 0-for-8 against the 6-3 lefty before the double.
Shipman recently won the prestigious 2014 Honda Sports Award for softball. Abbott won the 2007 Honda Sports Award for softball.
The USSSA Pride leads the league with a 13-4 record and the Chicago Bandits are second at 8-7. The Pride holds a 3-2 edge in the season series between the two teams. USSSA and Chicago will square off in three more games this weekend, playing Friday at 8:05 p.m. ET with a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3, WatchESPN and Cox Sports Television will broadcast all three games. Check your local listings and cable provider.