World Cup of Softball to air on ESPN networks

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From UT Sports--

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fans can watch Tennessee softball legends Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson don the Red, White and Blue next month as the ESPN networks will carry the General Tire World Cup of Softball from July 11-14, as announced by USA Softball on Monday.

The ESPN networks are the exclusive domestic home of the General Tire World Cup of Softball and feature over 14 hours of live coverage including the Championship Game on Sunday, July 14, at 9 p.m. ET. All telecasts will be aired in HD and also available for live streaming via WatchESPN.

Chavanne and Gibson were named to the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team on June 14 after a three-day tryout.

Chavanne last represented the U.S. in 2010 as a member of the USA Softball Women's Futures National Team. In the KFC World Cup of Softball V, she hit .389 (7-for-18) with three runs, two stolen bases and one RBI. She went 3-for-3 in a 2-1 upset of 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team Japan and had a key RBI single in the Americans' 9-3 win over Canada in the tournament.

As a senior in 2013, Chavanne hit .435 (19th nationally) with a career highs of seven home runs, 33 RBIs, 70 runs and 41 stolen bases. She was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and was also a Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and a finalist for the Senior Class Award. She was also a First Team All-SEC, an SEC All-Defensive Team and an SEC All-Tournament selection. Chavanne completed her incredible UT career as the school's all-time leader in batting average (.442), runs (244), on-base percentage (.509) and stolen bases (143). She was a four-time All-American and a three-time first-team pick (2011, 2012, 2013). Chavanne and Monica Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) are the only four-time All-Americans in Tennessee softball history. Chavanne maintained the same level of excellence in the classroom as she was also a three-time first-team Academic All-American (2011, 2012, 2013).

Gibson was a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Gibson led the U.S. team with a .500 batting average and tied for the team lead with 24 hits. The 2012 team won gold in the World Cup of Softball VII and took silver in the Canadian Open Championship and the ISF Fastpitch World Championships. In 2011, Gibson and the U.S. won gold at the World Cup of Softball VI and the XVI Pan American Games. She hit .529 with eight runs, one homer, one double, three triples and eight RBIs during the 2011 Pan Ams.

Gibson also had a career-best year as a senior, hitting .401 with personal highs of 19 home runs (15th-most in nation), 68 RBIs, 14 doubles, 68 runs, a .538 on-base percentage and a .802 slugging percentage. Gibson was the 2013 SEC Player of the Year and earned NFCA All-American first-team honors for the third consecutive year (2011, 2012, 2013). She became just the fifth Lady Vol to become a three-time All-American, joining Abbott (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), Chavanne (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Tonya Callahan (2006, 2007, 2008) and Lindsay Schutzler (2005, 2006, 2007). Gibson was also a Top 10 Finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, a First Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team and SEC All-Tournament selection. Gibson's 19 home runs in 2013 set a new Tennessee single-season record. She finished her career ranked in the in the top 3 of many Tennessee offensive categories, including home runs (46, second), RBIs (216, third), slugging percentage (.644, tied for third) and on-base percentage (.484, tied for third).

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