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Abbott Helps Chicago Stay Alive In NPF Playoffs

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Tennessee softball legend and Chicago ace Monica Abbott tossed three hitless, shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters on Thursday to help the Bandits take a 4-1 victory over the Akron Racers and force a third game in their NPF Championship series semifinal best-of-three.

The Bandits, who also feature UT legend Ellen Renfroe on their roster, and the Racers will play on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. That game will feature a live radio broadcast on MSASports.net.

The winner will advance to face the USSSA Pride in the final best-of-three series for the league championship. The first game of the finals is on Friday 8 p.m. ET. A matchup between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride would feature all of the UT alums currently in the NPF. Tennessee legend and NPF Rookie of the Year Madison Shipman stars for the Pride.

Shipman Blasts 2-Run HR To Lift USSSA To 4-2 Win

Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman hit a two-run homer to help her USSSA Pride defeat the Akron Racers, 4-2, in a rain-shortened game on Monday.

Shipman also did an in-game interview on the headset. Check out her home run and interview in the video above!

The Pride and the Racers play again tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Chavanne, Gibson Spark USA To 2 Wins In World Cup of Softball IX

Tennessee softball alums Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson were outstanding in Team USA's 3-2 win over Mexico and its 14-0 (4) win over Chinese Taipei on Saturday in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif.

Chavanne went 2-for-3 against Mexico with an inside-the-park home run and an RBI single and then went 2-for-3 against Chinese Taipei with two runs and one RBI. Through six games of the World Cup of Softball IX, Chavanne is hitting .556 (10-for-18) with one homer, seven RBIs, six runs, a .580 on-base percentage and a .722 slugging percentage (1.301 OPS).

Gibson shined against Chinese Taipei, going 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a big solo home run. In five appearances in the World Cup of Softball IX, Gibson is hitting .667 (8-for-12) with one homer, four doubles, five RBIs, six runs, a .773 on-base percentage and a ridiculous 1.250 slugging percentage (1.983 OPS).

Chavanne, Gibson and Team USA will play Canada, who they previously defeated 5-3 on July 10, on Sunday in the championship game of the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX. Tune in to watch it live at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Check out Chavanne's thrilling inside-the-park home run vs. Mexico:

Check out Gibson's solo home run vs. Chinese Taipei:

Gibson, Chavanne Lead USA Past Canada, 5-3 (7/10)

Tennessee softball legends Lauren Gibson and Raven Chavanne sparked Team USA to a 5-3 win over Canada on Thursday in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif. Gibson went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple and a walk. Chavanne tallied two hits, including an RBI infield single. Team USA will next play Japan on Friday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Check out all of LG's and Raven's hits vs. Canada below!

Here's Gibson's three hits:

Here's Chavanne's two hits:

Tennessee softball legend Raven Chavanne went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help Team USA to a 13-1 (5) rout of the Philippines on July 9, 2014, in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif. Check out all 3 of Raven's hits!

Raven and fellow UT legend Lauren Gibson lead Team USA against Canada on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN!

Softball #VFLs On TV This Summer (Schedule)

Several of our wonder fans have been wondering when and where they can see the Tennessee softball alums on TV. Here's a TV schedule one when and where you can find Team USA (Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson), the Chicago Bandits (Monica Abbott and Ellen Renfroe) and the USSSA Pride (Madison Shipman) on TV!

And to find out what channel CBS Sports Network is in your area, go here: http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder

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Lauren Gibson's RBI Double vs. Venezuela

Tennessee softball legend Lauren Gibson knocked an RBI double in the seventh inning to help Team USA to a 5-0 victory over Venezuela on July 8, 2014, in the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif.

Madison Shipman's IF Single, RBI Double vs. Pa. Rebellion

Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman showed off her speed and her power in the USSSA Pride's 5-0 win over the Pennsylvania Rebellion on July 8, 2014, in NPF action on CBS Sports Network. Shipman hit an infield single in the second inning and knocked an RBI double in the seventh.

Click above to watch both of her hits!

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Raven Chavanne Infield Single vs. Mexico (7/7/14)

Tennessee softball legends Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson helped Team USA defeat Mexico, 7-0, in five frames on Monday in a exhibition game before the start of the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine, Calif.

Check out the above clip of Chavanne's infield single in the third inning. Raven's still got the wheels!

Shipman Shines On Fourth Of July Weekend

Tennessee softball alum Madison Shipman was on fire this past weekend, helping the USSSA Pride to a pair of wins over the Pennsylvania Rebellion. On July 5, Shipman went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored as the Pride crushed the Rebellion, 7-0. On July 6, she had a single and an RBI as the Pride took a 11-1 win.

On the season, Shipman is hitting .361 (22-for-61) with two homers, four doubles, 10 RBIs, 10 runs and 12 walks. She also has an impressive .990 OPS (.466 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage).

Her .361 batting average ranks sixth in the NPF, her 22 hits are tied for eighth and her 10 RBIs rank 10th. Shipman's .466 on-base percentage ranks fifth in the league and her .525 on-base percentage ranks eighth.

The Pride square off against the Rebellion twice more on July 7 and July 8 (both games on CBS Sports Network) at CONSOL Energy park in Washington, Pa., before heading to Ohio for a four-game series against the Akron Racers from July 11-15.

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