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Recent Tennessee Lady Vol softball signee and current USA Softball Junior National Team member Erin Gabriel turned in one of the most impressive pitching performances of all time at any level of softball on Monday night (April 9) against nationally-ranked Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School.  The Poland (Ohio) Seminary pitcher and two-time Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year pitched all 16 innings during Poland Seminary's 2-1 victory, and in the process, struck out a staggering 34 batters.  That's an average of over two K's-per-inning pitched.  For more info on the amazing feat, visit the link below to a write-up by Cameron Smith of Yahoo Sports.  

Gabriel Strikes Out 34 in Marathon Victory - Yahoo Sports - Written by Cameron Smith

Happy Birthday - March 30: Morgan Fowler

On March 30, we wish Happy Birthday to junior utility player Morgan Fowler of the softball team. 

Morgan Fowler

Happy Birthday - March 24: Raven Chavanne, Ramzee Fondren

On March 24, we wish Happy Birthday to junior softball star Raven Chavanne and senior distance runner Ramzee Fondren.

Raven Chavanne  Ramzee Fondren

Happy Birthday - Feb. 18: Andrews, Honeycutt, Outerbridge

A trio of birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics student-athlete family today: Celebrating on Feb. 18: softball senior Ashley Andrews, senior runner Charity Honeycutt and sophomore jumper Allison Outerbridge.

Ashley Andrews  Charity Honeycutt Allison Outerbridge

Happy Birthday - Feb. 17: Hannah Akamine, Joe Berry

On Feb. 17, we wish Happy Birthday to softball freshman Hannah Akamine and senior pole vaulter Joe Berry.

Hannah Akamine  Joe Berry

Renfroe -- CollegeSports360.com Primetime Performer - 2/16

After posting a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 31 innings last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Tennessee sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe has been chosen by CollegeSports360.com as one of its "Primetime Pacesetters of the Week" for February 14.  During the weekend the Jackson, Tenn., native managed a shutout of #1 and defending national champion Arizona State on its home field, marking her fourth win over a #1 or #2-ranked team in her career.  Below is an excerpt profiling those selected from over all NCAA Division I athletics, while the link to the complete release is below.

Six standout Division I student-athletes have been selected for top honors in the current edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com: BYU record-setting senior miler Miles Batty, Stanford junior tennis player Mallory Burdette, Colorado senior cross-country skier Eliska Hajkova, Northeastern women's hockey junior forward Casey Pickett, Tennessee softball junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe and Princeton freshman women's fencing foilist Ambika SinghThese six impressive competitors have been tabbed for the top national award, as the CollegeSports360 Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for all of Division I athletics. They are joined by 11 others in comprising the Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of 24 Division I sports that were in action during the week of Feb. 6-12.

CollegeSports360.com Primetime Performers of the Week - Feb. 14

Tennessee Softball Preview Featured on ESPN.com - Feb. 1

National softball writer Graham Hays (@grahamhays) has featured Tennessee softball (@LadyVol_Sftball) on the front page of the College Sports section on ESPN.com (Wed., Feb. 1) as his No. 8 team in the nation in the preseason.

Our very own sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman is included on the front page photo. 

Check out the beginning to his preview breakdown below and click on the link at the bottom to visit the article on ESPN.com:

No. 8 Tennessee
Last year: 49-12 overall, 20-8 SEC (lost in Knoxville Regional)

Who returns: Hits, hits and more hits return. Tennessee led the NCAA with a .348 batting average last season, and four of the five players who contributed the most hits to that average return.  Raven Chavanne ranked seventh in the nation with a .455 batting average and led the Lady Vols with 33 stolen bases. She'll settle in at third base after splitting time between the outfield and third last season, although she won't settle in there until at least the third weekend of the regular season after sustaining a broken hand in the preseason. Second baseman Lauren Gibson's 1.188 OPS led the team last season and she's perhaps poised for even better things after earning playing time with the senior United States national team that won gold in the Pan-Am Games last fall. Kat Dotson made it three players who hit better than .400 last season and was a double-double threat in home runs (10) and stolen bases (26), while Shelby Burchell is the leading returning slugger after a breakout junior season in which she hit 15 home runs.

#8 Tennessee -- Plenty of Talent Returns for Lady Vol Softball

Happy Birthday - Dec. 28: Hannah Trainer

On Dec. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to freshman infielder Hannah Trainer.

USA Softball Q&A With Tennessee's Lauren Gibson

In the December (2011) issue of Balls and Strikes Magazine, USA Softball's Jamie Blanchard conducted a question and answer session with Tennessee junior and October USA Softball Female Athlete of the Month Lauren Gibson.  The Pasadena, Md., native made her presence felt in a major way during Team USA's gold-medal run in October at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, by hitting .529 (9-for-17) at the plate with eight runs scored and eight RBIs as the Americans went 9-0.  Gibson slugged a staggering 1.118 during the event and even blasted a home run during the 11-1 (4 inn.) title game victory over Canada.

Balls and Strikes Online Magazine Dec. 2011 (Gibson Q&A on pgs. 58-59)

Q-A with Lauren Gibson.pdf

Happy Birthday - Dec. 12: Leslie Cikra, Cat Hosfield

Happy Birthday to volleyball junior Leslie Cikra and softball senior pitcher Cat Hosfield on Dec. 12.

Leslie Cikra  Cat Hosfield

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