Today, we wish Erin Gabriel of softball a very Happy Birthday! Gabriel, a junior pitcher, has started in 21 of her 33 games played.
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Just before Thanksgiving, the Tennessee softball team held its annual Oklahoma City Challenge, competing in the weight room and on the indoor football field in fitness and strength events to demonstrate their offseason conditioning. Check out these highlights from the 2014 OKC Challenge!
Photo by ASA/USA Softball
Graham Hays of espnW.com explores the fate of softball in the 2020 Olympics. Tennessee softball legend Lauren Gibson (2010-2013) has been on the USA Softball Senior Women's National Team since 2011 and she shares her thoughts about the future of the sport.
Check out Hays' story here: How Softball Could Make Its Return At The 2020 Olympics
Shipman was named the league's rookie of the year and helped the USSSA Pride win the league title.
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.
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.
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:
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: