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Renfroe & Abbott Take Field In Saturday's Akron-Chicago Game


Tennessee softball alums Ivy Renfroe and Monica Abbott played in the same game on Saturday as Renfroe's Akron Racers hosted Abbott's Chicago Bandits at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Bandits came away with a 6-5 win. Renfroe started the game for Akron and took the loss after throwing 3.1 innings with four strikeouts. Abbott fanned six over three relief frames to earn the save.

The Racers and the Bandits will play again Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Abbott is scheduled to start for Chicago.

NPF on ESPN Networks

There's a potential for an NPF duel between Tennessee softball alums on Saturday! On Saturday, there will be two NPF games between the Akron Racers and the Chicago Bandits on ESPN2, one at 1 p.m. ET and one at 8 p.m. ET. Ivy Renfroe (2010-13) plays for Akron and Monica Abbott (2004-07) plays for Chicago.

Here is a that lists all of the NPF games to be featured on the ESPN networks! CLICK HERE

June 25 is one of the most popular days for birthdays on Rocky Top, as three VFLs, two current Vols and one current Lady Vol celebrate today. Happy Birthday to redshirt junior running back Austin Bolen, softball's junior shortstop Madison Shipman and sophomore swimmer Tristan Slater. Also celebrating today are former Lady Vol rower Ashley Case and former Vol baseball player Davis Morgan.


Lastly, we wish Tennessee basketball great Reggie Johnson a happy 56th birthday. A member of UT's All-Century Team, Johnson poured in 2,103 career points and currently ranks 5th all-time in the category.


Tennessee All-Star softball team member Shaliyah Geathers, of East Hamilton High School, is tagged by Georgia's Erika Bynum, of Ringgold, Ga., during the local Tennessee-Georgia All-Star softball game Wednesday afternoon at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga.

(Photo by Connor Choate/Times Free Press)

Incoming Tennessee softball recruit Shaliyah Geathers helped lead the Tennessee high school all-stars to a pair of wins over the Georgia All Stars on Wednesday.

Geathers, shown above sliding, will join the Lady Vols as a freshman in the 2013-14 school year. The East Hamilton grad had two hits in the first game to lead the Tennessee all-stars to a 4-2 win. The Volunteer State stars took a 2-0 win in the second game.

For more, check out Kelley Smiddie's article on the Times Free Press' website!

Times Free Press - Kelley Smiddie: Tennessee all-stars triumph in softball

(Geathers signing her NLI back in the fall of 2012)

Ivy Renfroe Earns 1st NPF Win


Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe recorded the first win of her professional career Wednesday night as the Akron Racers defeated the NYNJ Comets, 14-6, in Allentown, Pa.

Last night's game marked Renfroe's second career start for the Racers. She tossed her first complete game, going seven innings with four strikeouts. Only one of the Comets' six runs was earned.

Recap: Akron 14, NYNJ 6
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UT Softball In The News (6/19)

The 2013 season may be over, but Tennessee softball players are still in the news! Lauren Gibson, who made the 2013 U.S. National Team with Raven Chavanne, shared some of her summer plans with The Washington Post. In a recent article in the Boulder Daily Camera, Ralph Weekly discussed the possibility of Rainey Gaffin seeing some time in the circle next year.

Washington Post - Gabe Hiatt: Chesapeake's Lauren Gibson returns to USA Softball team
Boulder Daily Camera - Elwood K. Shelton:
Gaffin might be moving back in pitching ring with Tennessee softball

Ivy Renfroe Signs With Akron Racers

Just a few days after returning from Tennessee's Women's College World Series run, senior pitcher Ivy Renfroe has signed with the Akron Racers of National Pro Fastpitch. Ivy was selected with the eighth overall pick by Akron in the NPF Draft on April 1.

Ivy completed her UT career second in Lady Vols history in appearances (176) and second in wins (97). She also ranks third in career strikeouts (.737) and seventh in career ERA (2.04).

Lady Vols Return Home To UT Faithful

The Lady Vols returned to Knoxville on Wednesday, just one day after finishing as the national runner-up in the 2013 Women's College World Series Championship Series. The players and coaches were greeted with abundant support and media coverage. Here are some of the stories from Wednesday's return to the Volunteer State.

News Sentinel: Lady Vols lose key pieces, but return talent for another run next season
AP: Lady Vols confident they'll win title eventually
WBIR: Big Orange Nation welcomes home Lady Vols with impromptu celebration
WVLT: Knoxville loves Lady Vols softball: Sets ratings high for World Series #Storify: Welcome Home Lady Vols!
Tennessee Athletics Photos Photo Gallery

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

On June 3, we wish Happy Birthday and good luck to Tennessee softball junior Melissa Davin as the Lady Vols take on Oklahoma tonight in game one of the Women's College World Series championship at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. We also send Happy Birthday wishes to rising senior offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James.


Softball Update (5/24)

The Knoxville Super Regional start today! Check out all of the latest stories on the Lady Vols! The News Sentinel's John Adams and Mike Strange discuss how simiar UT and Alabama are, the strength of the Lady Vols' pitching and Tennessee's senior leadership. Steve Megargee of the Associated Press talks about UT's 1-2 punch in the circle with Ivy Renfroe and Ellen Renfroe. And also read Raven Chavanne's latest ESPNW blog update!

AP/The Tennessean: UT pitching sisters keep rivalry off the mound
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols face their 'mirror image' in Super Regional
Knoxville News Sentinel: Strong pitching the fast track to Women's College World Series
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols seniors were tournament tough as freshmen
ESPNW: We're working toward the ultimate goal

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