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Softball Nets 5 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Americans


Five Tennessee softball players earned 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-America honors. Senior Raven Chavanne was named to the First Team while seniors Lauren Gibson and Kat Dotson and juniors Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman garnered Second Team accolades.

UT had the most CSM Preseason All-Americans with only two other teams with three (Oklahoma, Alabama).

College Sports Madness: 2013 Preseason All-Americans

Happy Birthday - Dec. 28: Bridges, Trainer

On Dec. 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to softball infielder Hannah Trainer.
Hannah Trainer

From the archives, former Vols baseball star and longtime major leaguer Tommy Bridges was born on Dec. 28, 1906. Bridges spent 16 years with the Detroit Tigers from 1930-46. He appeared in six All-Star Games.
Photo of Tommy Bridges

Happy Birthday: 12/12/12 - Leslie Cikra & Cat Hosfield

On Dec. 12 (12/12/12), we wish Happy Birthday to senior volleyball hitter Leslie Cikra and former Lady Vols softball player Cat Hosfield.

Leslie Cikra  Cat Hosfield

Happy Birthday: Nov. 15 - Melissa Brown, Nick Williams

We send Happy Birthday wishes to junior softball infielder Melissa Davin and junior baseball pitcher Nick Williams on Nov. 15. 

Melissa Brown  Nick Williams

Monica Abbott Powers Toyota To 3rd JPL Title

On Monday, Tennessee softball legend Monica Abbott (2004-07) carried her team to its third consecutive championship on Monday in the Japanese Pro League title game.

Abbott tossed 10 shutout innings of one-hit ball to lead Toyota to a 1-0 victory over Renesas Takasaki. UT's four-time All-American, 2007 National Player of the year and Honda Award winner was named the MVP of the playoffs.

For more details on Abbott's heroics, check out:

ChicagoBandits.com: Abbott, Team Toyota win 3rd Consecutive Japanese Pro League Title
MonicaAbbott.net: Japan Championship 2012



Tennessee Update: Softball Blog (11/9)

Senior Whitney Hammond and the Tennessee Student-Athlete Advisory Council hosted a Big Brothers Big Sisters Movie Night at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night. Check it out!

Also, the Tennessee softball team will be working with Angels of Hope on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the UT Medical Center from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Lady Vols will help prepare stations and pack holiday food baskets for cancer patients. The event starts at 3 p.m.

Happy Birthday: Oct. 31- Softball's Haley Fagan

On Halloween, Oct. 31, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore softball player Haley Fagan.

Haley Fagan

Softball Blog Update (10/29)

Guess who stopped by softball practice? Legendary former UT head football coach Johnny Majors!

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Tennessee Update: Softball Blog (10/20/12)

Tennessee softball junior Melissa Davin is coming off a monster fall season in which she led the team with a .533 batting average, four homers, 12 RBIs, nine runs scored and a whopping 1.515 OPS.

Riley Blevins of the Knoxville News Sentinel write about what motivates Davin and how she is ready to make a big leap forward in the 2013 season.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Melissa Davin more than a one-hit wonder for Lady Vols softball


Tennessee Update: Softball Blog (10/2/12)

Mike Griffith of the News Sentinel did a story on Lindsay Schutzler's return to Rocky Top as the new Director of Softball Operations. The article brings up some of what made the 2007 WCWS team so special.

News Sentinel: Lindsay Schutzler returns to UT softball with visions of national title


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