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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.

NPF Games On CBS Sports Network


Fans interested in following Tennessee softball alums Monica Abbott, Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman during the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch season are in for a treat! The NPF will air 14 regular-season games and four postseason games on CBS Sports Network.

CBS Sports Network will televise games on Monday and Tuesday in prime time beginning July 7. The 18-game package will triple the league's previous television coverage.

"We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports Network to deliver our premier level of competition to a national audience on a regular basis," NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf said. "We know there is a significant television fan base for fastpitch softball and we look forward to entertaining those folks along with many new fans with our summer of coverage."

CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage on Monday, July 7 and will air games for seven consecutive weeks. The network will air six games in four days from August 11-14 to cap the 2014 regular season. The NPF Championship series will be televised with one "pool play" game on August 20 and all three championship games on August 21-22, marking the first time the Championship Series Finals have been televised in their entirety.

The telecast team of Eric Collins and Barbara Jordan will deliver the action for all 18 games.

Abbott and Renfroe pitch for the Chicago Bandits. Shipman plays for the USSSA Pride.

CBS Sports Network channels in Knoxville:
AT&T Uverse 643, 1643
Charter 303, 813
Comcast 744, 1721
DirecTV 221
Dish 158

2014 NPF Schedule on CBS Sports Network:
July 7 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 8 USSSA Pride at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 14 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 15 USSSA Pride at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
July 21 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 22 Chicago Bandits at USSSA Pride 7:00 PM ET
July 28 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
July 29 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 4 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 5 Pennsylvania Rebellion at Akron Racers 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 11 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 8:30 PM ET
Aug. 12 Chicago Bandits at Pennsylvania Rebellion 7:00 PM ET
Aug. 13 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 7:30 PM ET
Aug. 14 Akron Racers at Chicago Bandits 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 20 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Pool Play 9:00 PM ET
Aug. 22 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 1 8:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 2 2:00 PM ET
Aug. 23 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Game 3 4:30 PM ET

Abbott Looking Sharp In NPF Action

Week 5 of the NPF season featured another four-game series in Round Rock, Texas, between Monica Abbott's and Ellen Renfroe's Chicago Bandits and Madison Shipman's USSSA Pride.

The Pride took the first two games on June 26-27, but the Bandits answered with a doubleheader sweep on June 28. Renfroe started in the circle in the first game, tossing three innings with two earned runs and one strikeout as Chicago took a 6-3 win. Abbott enjoyed her best performance of the season in the second game of the doubleheader, tossing a 12-strikeout, seven-inning shutout that gave the Bandits a 3-0 victory.

The two teams featuring Tennessee's alums will meet again in a four-game series July 31 to Aug. 3 in Rosemont, Ill.

Shipman Doubles Off Abbott In NPF Action

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.

Happy Birthday - June 25: Slater, Shipman, Johnson

On June 25 we send happy birthday wishes to swimmer Tristan Slater, recent softball graduate Madison Shipman and former Vols basketball star Reggie Johnson

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Abbott Posts Second Shutout For Bandits

Two starts, two shutouts, two 4-hitters!
That's how dominating former Tennessee softball star Monica Abbott has been with the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch last night. Abbott struck out seven and walked just one. That include one K of UT's Madison Shipman.

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