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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

Ellen Renfroe espnW Blog Update (5/10)

Check out Ellen Renfroe's latest espnW "Athlete's Life" blog entry. Ellen shares why the postseason is her favorite time of the year.

espnW: This Is The Best Time of Year - Ellen Renfroe

Ellen Renfroe ESPNW Blog: Cherishing Every Last Moment (4/29)

Tennessee softball senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe continues her blog for ESPNW Athlete's Life with a special entry about her Tennessee career winding down as the summer approaches. Renfroe and her fellow seniors Melissa Davin and Madison Shipman will hang up the Orange and White after four amazing years on Rocky Top and they are cherishing every remaining second of it.

Check out Renfroe's blog entry for ESPNW:

ESPNW: Cherishing Every Last Moment - by Ellen Renfroe

Happy Birthday - April 25: Florence and Renfroe

On April 25, we send Happy Birthday wishes to freshman rower Victoria Florence and senior softball pitcher Ellen Renfroe.


Former Tennessee softball player and Knoxville native Nikki Estridge will begin a two-episode arc on "Law & Order: SVU" tonight at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Estridge (formerly Nikki Sexton) will play Detective Delano, a police officer who is assigned to watch over Sgt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) after Benson's tormentor, William Lewis (Pablo Schreiber), escapes from prison.

Estridge played softball at Tennessee from 2001-02. She played in 80 games and made 46 starts in the outfield. She hit .161 with 18 hits, 18 runs, two home runs, nine RBIs, 13 walks and eight stolen bases. She graduated from Tennessee with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

Check out this great story on Nikki Estridge on Knoxville.com:

Knoxville native snags role on 'Law & Order: SVU' - by Lori Wilson

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Tennessee All-American basketball guard Meighan Simmons, softball freshman outfielder Shaliyah Geathers and sophomore baseball outfielder Derek Lance make up the guest lineup for "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network tonight (Monday, April 7). 

Football head coach Butch Jones will also be on the show via a taped interview with Bob Kesling from earlier in the day on Monday as he previews the DISH Orange & White Game.

The show originates from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central with co-hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs. Fans may tune in across the state on the Vol Radio Network or listen online at utsports.com. Listeners can ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 - Verizon customers can dial #TENN - or submit a question via Facebook at VolNetwork-IMG.

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