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