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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.

Abbott, Shipman Star In NPF Action

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Two Tennessee legends had great weekend while playing in the NPF. Rookie Madison Shipman smacked her first career pro home run with the USSSA Pride on Sunday as the Pride beat the Chicago Bandits, 6-1. 

Photo: Monica Abbott & the #Bandits shutout the USSSA Pride in the series opener, 7-0 

On Saturday, Monica Abbott made her season debut with the Bandits and dealt the Pride a 7-0 loss. Abbott twirled a four-hit shutout while striking out seven. 

The teams play again on Monday and Tuesday. 

Shipman, Renfroe Shine As NPF Rookies

Tennessee softball alums Madison Shipman and Ellen Renfroe were among several National Pro Fastpitch rookies who shined in the league's 2014 opening weekend last week. Shipman and Renfroe were among 33 NPF rookies who saw action.

Shipman, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the USSSA Pride, recorded her first career hit, an infield single, in her NPF debut on May 30 against the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Renfroe, who had signed with the Chicago Bandits as a free agent, notched her first career victory on May 31, tossing three hitless relief frames with one strikeout in the Bandits' 5-3 win over the Akron Racers.

Shipman and the Pride open a four-game series against the Rebellion from June 5-8 at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pa. Renfroe and the Bandits host the Racers for two games from June 6-7 and then head to Akron for two more games from June 9-10.

National Pro Fastpitch: NPF Rookies Shine Opening Weekend

Happy Birthday - June 3: Melissa Davin and Ja'Wuan James

On June 3 we send Happy Birthday wishes to softball senior Melissa Davin and VFL and offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins Ja'Wuan James.


Ellen Renfroe espnW Blog Update (5/22)

Tennessee senior Ellen Renfroe shares her latest thoughts on the postseason with an espnW Athlete's Life blog update from Norman, Okla.! Check it out!

espnW: Excited To Play Another Weekend

Helton, Naumoff, Gordon, I.Renfroe Honored By TSHF

Former Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton tours the Pat Summitt exhibit at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Helton is being honored as the Tennessean of the Year by the Hall of Fame. Summitt is the former women's basketball coach at Tennessee, where Helton played college baseball. Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP / AP
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame held its 2014 ceremonies on Saturday in Nashville and several members of the UT athletics community were recognized. 

Former Vols baseball star and football player Todd Helton was named The Tennessean of the Year

The former Colorado Rockies first baseman retired last year after 17 years in the major leagues. The Knoxville native played football and baseball at the University of Tennessee before being drafted by the Rockies.

"To be honored as Tennessean of the Year is fabulous. I'm humbled," Helton said. "To see some of the names like Pat Head Summitt, Coach (Phillip) Fulmer and to just walk in some of the same shoes they've walked in just amazing."

Former Tennessee football star and Paul Naumoff was inducted into the Hall as was former Lady Vols basketball standout Bridgette Gordon. 

Softball pitcher Ivy Renfroe was honored as the Amateur Female Athlete of the Year. 

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, left, poses with former Tennessee coaches Phil Fulmer, center, and Doug Dickey before the inductions to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame on  Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP / AP

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