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Fastpitch News presents In The Circle with Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson. They bring you the latest news, views, previews, & reviews on all things softball from college to the NPF.

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    Chomping It Up with Coach Walton

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2023 89:35

    We stay in the SEC (by choice, not by commandment) on this episode of In The Circle. Today, we head to Gainesville to catch-up with Florida Head Coach Tim Walton. Coach Walton looks back on his time with Team USA this summer and how it served to recharge him. He also reflects back on a successful fall & the building blocks laid for 2024. He also discusses the return of Francesca Enea along with what her experiences have brought to the table. The guys look at the Gators' 2024 schedule plus somehow have their Mount Rushmore of Gator Softball. 


    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2023 57:57

    ICYMI, Alabama made some news this weekend. We keep the party going on today's episode as we chat with Crimson Tide Head Coach Patrick Murphy. After leading Bama U to another WCWS appearance in 2023, he chats about building out this year's ballclub. He also shares the extra significance of having Kayla Braud back in Tuscaloosa and what topics could be on the table this week at the NFCA Convention in Louisville. Coach Murphy also discusses their summer trip to Italy and the experiences learned. The guys breakdown Alabama's schedule including Victor looking at a three week stretch leading into SEC play. Plus, the guys look at what topics should be discussed in Louisville and what a future guest has to offer on the subject. 

    Back for the First Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2023 87:53

    It's always fun to have someone appear on In The Circle for the first time. When you have TWO first-time guests, then start throwing a parade. We wrap up November with two new assistants to schools with lofty expectations in 2024. First, we caught new Georgia Assistant Coach Chelsea Wilkinson on returning back to her alma mater. She reflected on her journey from playing for the Bulldogs to now coaching them and all stops in between. Plus, Coach Wilkinson shares her thoughts on this year's roster which will have Georgia fans excited.    Next, we travel north to Bloomington for a conversation with Indiana Assistant Coach Kendra Kirkhoff. She shares her thoughts on working with Head Coach Shonda Stanton and her role on the staff. She also reflects on her All-American playing career as well as her coaching journey which includes stops at Florida State, UCF, and most recently UNC-Greensboro.    We wrap up the show discussing Delaware's move to CUSA in 2026 and what it could possibly mean for the Blue Hens' remaining tenure in the CAA 

    Things Are Getting B1G Around Here

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2023 87:22

    Now that you're fully rested from Thanksgiving, it's back to business here on In The Circle. Our tour of the Big Ten continues as we focus on two schools looking to make their way back to the postseason. First, we had to Happy Valley for a chat with Penn State Head Coach Clarisa Crowell. After another 30+ win season and back-to-back years at .500 or better in conference, optimism is high for her fourth season. She chats about how her team will look entering 2024, life without lefty ace Bailey Parshall, and the changing landscape in her league.    Next, we head to Champagne and catch up with Illinois Head Coach Tyra Perry. While the Fighting Illini finished with a winning record, 2023 fell short of their expectations. Coach Perry shares how things went in the fall, what players to look for, and her optimism for her squad heading into February. 

    Time to Play The Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2023 106:31

    When it comes to rivalries, few compare to Michigan-Ohio State or Ohio State-Michigan depending on your allegiance. On today's episode, we provide our own little spin on The Game. First, we head to Ann Arbor for a conversation with Michigan Assistant Coach Amanda Chidester. She chats with Eric Lopez about her time back at her alma mater and being on the coaching staff. She also looks back at her playing career as well as her final weekend last year at Athletes Unlimited including homering in her final at-bat. We then travel to Columbus for a chat with Ohio State Associate Head Coach Whitney Jones. After a successful first season which saw significant offensive improvements, Coach Jones shares what's on the horizon for the Buckeyes in 2024 and the changing landscape of the Big Ten. Plus, Victor provides an announcement on our Friendsgiving Live Stream this Wednesday night. 

    Big Things for Big Red

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2023 69:06

    Nebraska Softball has plenty to be thankful for and look forward to. On our latest episode, we chat with one and only Head Coach Rhonda Revelle who looks back on another regional final appearance and the changing landscape of the Big Ten. Oh yea, we'll ask her about that new transfer pitcher of hers and the excitement generated around Nebraska softball with Jordy Bahl's return home. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on National Signing Day, Eric reflects on how close he was to NOT being on the show, and another guest announcement. 

    Viva StarkVegas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2023 84:26

    A new week begins with another November to Remember episode of In The Circle. Today, we head to StarkVegas and catch-up with new Mississippi State Pitching Coach Taryne Mowatt-McKinney. She chats with Eric Lopez about her move back to the SEC and what led to her coming to Mississippi State. She also talks about that 2022 Super Regional where she helped lead Arizona back to the WCWS against these Bulldogs plus what that experience can do for her new team. Plus, she also provides some great stories and perspectives on what fans should look for in 2024. Afterwards, Eric checks in from UCF as the Knights and Gators played on Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, Knight Nation loves the podcast and has an idea for a future episode location for the guys. 

    Sweet Home (South and North) Alabama

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2023 80:53

    Our November to Remember rolls along and heads to Alabama on today's episode. First, we head to Mobile for our chat with South Alabama Head Coach Becky Clark. In spite of winning 39 games, including a school record 20 in Sun Belt play, the Jags just missed the NCAA Tournament a year ago. Coach Clark discusses how that disappointment serves as motivation for the team in 2024. She also talks about her reigning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year Olivia Lackie, replenishing her roster, and the always competitive Sun Belt. Then, we head to Florence where Ashley Cozart led North Alabama to within one win of their first NCAA Tournament since moving to Division I. She shares how their postseason run started and the decision to stay in DeLand after their series with the Hatters ended. Coach also talks about the experience gained from last year, a change with the ASUN conference scheduling, and other topics. The guys wrap up the show with a couple of announcements.

    Like Father, Like Daughter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2023 125:36

    It's time for another In The Circle tradition. It's time for our annual In The Circle November to Remember where the only thing more stuffed than our list of guests is a Thanksgiving turkey. Yes, we know we had two podcasts already this month, but enjoy the ride. Today's episode is the first time ever where we've had a father/daughter duo on the podcast. Our first guest is Louisiana Head Coach Gerry Glasco. After breaking through with the Ragin Cajuns' and advancing to Super Regionals in 2023, Louisiana is looking to go one step further in 2024. Coach Glasco chats with Eric about beating LSU in Baton Rouge, coaching in the WPF, and his INCREDIBLE non-conference schedule this season. Then we chat with his daughter, Eastern Illinois Head Coach Tara Archibald who also had a breakthrough 2023 as the Panthers made their first NCAA Tournament. Coach Archibald reflects on that magical season and what led her squad to their successful run. Plus, she talks about getting into softball and the legendary coaches she played for & learned from. 

    Eat 'Em Up Bobcats

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2023 55:10

    When you do three podcasts in a week, how do you make that third one different from the others? Simple, you have TWO guests from the same school. The school: Texas State. The guests: Bobcats Head Coach Ricci Woodard and All Sun Belt 3B Sara Vanderford. After making the NCAA Tournament last year, Texas State is ready for bigger things in 2024 as they host the Sun Belt Tournament. We catch up with Sara first as she reflects on her time in San Marcos so far and what it's like facing Jessica Mullins daily at practice. She also shares the story of when she faced Cat Osterman and the trash talk that took place (she wasn't afraid of Cat). Then, Coach Woodard gives her outlook for her squad in 2024, working her way through the Sun Belt, and hosting this year's conference tournament. 

    This Is In The...Zerkle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2023 70:34

    Today and today only, this is In the Zerkle. That's because today on In The Circle, we chat with new Marshall Head Coach Morgan Zerkle. After a legendary career at her alma mater and spending the past few years as an assistant, Coach Zerkle got the call to come back home to Huntington. She shares with Eric Lopez what that process was like and what went into the decision to return back home. She also talks about assembling her coaching staff and shares her plans about her playing career. Morgan also talks about her All-American career and playing for Shonda Stanton. We then look at several greats who were recently inducted into their alma mater Hall of Fame and Victor makes an historic announcement in regard to our next podcast. 

    Let JMU Football Play In a Bowl Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2023 62:41

    Now that we have your attention, let's get ready for a week of #FunBelt action on In The Circle. Today, we catch up with James Madison Head Coach Loren LaPorte. After their first Sun Belt season saw the Duke finish 13-11 in league play Coach LaPorte reflects on the changes and adjustments to their new home as well as the comradery among her fellow coaches.  She also chats about Odicci Alexander's summer with Athletes Unlimited, what players to look for in 2024, and much more. The guys also share their thoughts on the rumored speculation of the Atlantic Sun adding more members from the Gulf South and what it could mean for both leagues as well as another Division 2 conference. 

    Charlotte, Arriving with Flair

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2023 74:46

    With the fall rolling along and fall ball wrapping-up for some, we press forward on In The Circle. Today, we roll into The Queen City to catch-up with Charlotte Head Coach Ashley Chastain. The 49ers made their first ever NCAA Tournament last season after winning the CUSA Regular Season championship. Coach Chastain reflects on that historic year and the new challenges ahead in the American as well as integrating several new faces and coaches into the fold. After the interview, we look at more realignment involving the MAAC adding two more teams. Plus, thoughts on the USA Softball roster heading to the Pan-American Games in Chile and will Miami (FL) FINALLY add softball?   

    Big Things in the Big West

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2023 94:25

    No need to worry about west coast bias as we head back to the Big West on today's In The Circle.   Our travels begin in Long Beach as we catch up with Long Beach State Head Coach Kim Sowder. The Beach won their last eight games, including sweeping Fullerton on the final weekend of the season (2nd time in 3 years) to win their 10th Big West championship. Coach Sowder looks back on that season-ending sweep with Eric Lopez and the fans helping out the team on that weekend. She also shares what she has back in 2024 and the banner year for the Big West with four teams making the postseason.    Next, we travel from Highway 22 onto Highway 57 and visit Fullerton's Head Coach Kelly Ford. The Titans had to wait until the final regional on Selection Sunday before making the tournament for the 6th time under Coach Ford's stewardship. She reflects on that dramatic day with Eric and what point did she (and most of us) thought their bubble would burst. Coach also looks back at 2023's marquee wins, a returning face to her staff, and a name fans should look out for in 2024. Victor wraps up the show replaying how we reacted in real-time to Fullerton showing up in the Clemson Regional as the last at-large team in the tournament. 

    #LopesUp, Next Stop Los Angeles

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2023 74:47

    Our west coast swing makes a stop at the Grand Canyon (campus that is). On today's episode, we chat with GCU Assistant Coach Maribeth Gorsuch who helped lead the Lopes to their second straight WAC championship in 2023. She reflects on another successful season and their stunning victory at UCLA in their NCAA Tournament opener in Los Angeles. Coach Gorsuch also chats about working under Head Coach Shannon Hays and his staff, including Syd Sherrill plus her playing career at LSU under Beth Torina. Of course, we couldn't complete the conversation without a Throwback Thursday from our first chat with Maribeth from February 2020 after the first seven-inning perfect game in LSU history. From there, the guys chat about softball officially returning to the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028 and its impact on the sports as well as the chances it will also be in the Brisbane 2032 games. Our episode wraps up with a well deserved extension in Northwestern, a Nebraska legend receiving the ultimate tribute, and two upcoming guests announced for our next episode. 

    More for the Matadors

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2023 71:52

    Today's episode of In The Circle sends us west to California. We catch up with CSUN Head Coach Charlotte Morgan who makes her first podcast appearance after several appearances on our In The Circle live shows. She reflects on 2023 where the Matadors' won 28 games and made their first postseason appearance since 2015 with their NISC appearance. Coach Morgan shares how to make that jump to the NCAA Tournament in 2024 along with her early thoughts on her team. She then shares her transition from the broadcast booth to the coaching ranks, similar to Kaya Braud & Francesca Enea. Afterwards, the guys look back at a banner year for the Big West with two NCAA and two NISC bids for the league. We wrap up the show with Victor's winning weekend at a dance competition. That last sentence wasn't a misprint. 

    Saluting the Salukis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2023 56:33

    We stay out in the midwest and head to Carbondale for today's episode of In The Circle. We caught up with a friend of the podcast, Southern Illinois Head Coach Jen Sewell. Fresh of winning the Missouri Valley tournament title last year, she reflects back on that season and coming into 2024 with a fully healthy roster. She also discusses the new faces on the staff and the always competitive MVC. The guys also share some Valley coaching news and Victor's sneaky team to watch in 2024. Afterwards, we look at the upcoming vote by the IOC to add softball into the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. What could the vote mean for the sport and its chances of being in the Brisbane 2032 Summer Games? 

    Fight Fight Fight for Iowa

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2023 75:12

    It's time to visit an old friend of In The Circle, Today's episode has us in Iowa City to chat with Iowa Head Coach Renee Gillispie. After winning the NISC Tournament in 2023, Coach reflects on the experience her team gained during that postseason run. She also talks about her still relatively young roster plus what players to look out for in 2024. Coach Gillispie also discusses her coaching staff and their role in getting the Hawkeyes ready to compete for an NCAA tournament bid.    After the interview, Victor shares his thoughts on the Hawkeyes and the difference pitching coach Mandy Gardner made in her first season on the staff. Victor also answers a question Hawkeye fans asked Eric about if he'll call Iowa Softball again in 2024. Then, are the Big Ten REALLY considering taking away this year's conference tournament from Iowa because of...FIELD TURF? Eric has some thoughts and a conspiracy theory as to why that might happen.

    Back Home in Chapel Hill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2023 65:31

    Since we're already on Tobacco Road, we might as well head westward on today's episode. We head to Chapel Hill for a conversation with new North Carolina Head Coach Megan Smith Lyon. After five wonderful years at Marshall, including a school-record 45 wins in 2023, she got the call to return to her alma mater and take over for her former head coach Donna Papa. Coach shares what it means for her to lead the Tar Heel program and her visions for the future. She also talks about the process that led to her taking the job and coaching in the ACC.   We then look at the field and schedule for the 2024 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge that was announced on Wednesday. Victor and Eric break down the two sessions as well as which match-ups they're looking forward to the most.   

    The New Leader of The Pack

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 62:23

    It's a new month and another new In The Circle with another new Head Coach as our guest. Today, we catch up with NC State Head Coach Lindsay Leftwich as she begins her first season in Raleigh after twelve years as an assistant at LSU. Coach Leftwich shares her vision for the program and how she's assembled her coaching staff. She also reflects on her time in Baton Rouge with Beth Torina and the lessons she will take with her to NC State.    Also, Victor introduces his V.I.P. List as he looks at his favorite matchups in the NFCA Leadoff Classic where Coach Leftwich will make her head coaching debut.

    We Got Big 4 On It

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 107:15

    This weekend marks the yearly Big 4 Classic in Iowa. On today's appearance In The Circle, Eric Lopez catches up with two of the four coaches. First, Iowa State Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton returns to the podcast. He chats about hosting the Big 4 Classic this weekend as well as the outlook of his Cyclones and the new-look Big 12. Coach Pinkerton also discusses some of the changes on his staff & his beloved Kansas City Chiefs.   Afterwards, Northern Iowa Head Coach Ryan Jacobs returns to the podcast with his thoughts on the Big 4 Classic. He also shares his early thoughts and expectations for UNI's 2024 as well as navigating through an always difficult Missouri Valley Conference. 

    The New Terp In Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 60:55

    It's a new day and a new era for Maryland Softball. On this appearance In The Circle, we catch up with new Terrapins Head Coach Lauren Karn as she finishes up her first month in College Park. She shares with Eric Lopez the timberline that led her to taking the job, her successful run at Oakland, and learning about her new team on the fly.    We also take our first look at the 2024 Mary Nutter Field and one team who'll be on both coasts the first month of the season. Victor shares what other teams will be both in Cathedral City and Clearwater in February. 

    Can We S-E-C The Schedule?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 49:28

    While Fall Ball is underway, it's never too early to look ahead to 2024. On today's appearance In The Circle, the guys share their thoughts on the 2024 SEC Schedule. What series are they looking forward to the most? Which teams have the "easiest" slate? Eric and Victor will answer some of those questions. Plus, what does ESPN do to replace Francesca Enea and Kayla Braud now that they are coaching at their alma maters? 

    Braud Back in T-Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 56:11

    Before Kayla Braud makes her way back to T-Town, she stops by In The Circle. Coach Braud reflects on her time in the booth with ESPN and SEC Network. She also shares what led her to return back to Tuscaloosa to join Patrick Murphy's staff. We wrap up this episode with the Gulf South newest addition to the league. 

    Things Are Boiler-ing Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 79:23

    After an extended break (by our standards), we're ready to roll with a new In The Circle. First, we take a brief look at the return of Kayla Braud back to Alabama to join Coach Patrick Murphy's staff in 2024. Afterwards, we begin our annual New Spaces, New Faces series where we chat with the newest head coaches in the sport. Our first guest is new Purdue Head Coach Magali Frezzotti. She steps into the role after serving as an assistant for the past two years for the Boilermakers. Coach Frezzotti shares her vision of Purdue softball, her initial reaction of getting the job, her coaching staff, and much more. We wrap up the show breaking down West Georgia getting the invitation to the Atlantic Sun and Division 1. Victor shares what the move means for both the ASUN and the Gulf South along with what former rival provides a blueprint for success with the transition. 

    So We REALLY Doing This ACC?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 38:25

    Even with Victor making it back from Chicago, there's still more news to break down on the latest edition of In The Circle. Today, the guys look at the ACC's addition of Cal and Stanford to the conference effective July 1st. What does it mean for the conference and their already unbalanced schedule? How will this impact Oregon State and where they find their footing? We address those questions. Plus, we look at Maryland hiring their new head coach and Nevada looking for one of their one. Also, Eric has a few words for Spectrum and the guys pay their own unique tribute to Shannon Sharpe. 

    Alexander's Odicci to the Championship

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 49:01

    In one of the most memorable seasons in AU history, it was an historic performance that took home the crown. On today's episode, Victor recaps Odicci Alexander's historic run to the championship as well as the rest of action during Championship Weekend. He also reflects on the great action he saw all weekend long as well as more history by Alyssa Denham and Jessi Warren. Plus, Victor shares plans for some future guests on the podcast. We also look back on the retirements of Alabama Associate Head Coach Alyson Habetz and Athlete Unlimited stallworth Abby Ramirez. 

    All In for AU

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2023 43:29

    With one week remaining in Athletes Unlimited, we are primed for another frantic finish. Eric and Victor set the scene on this episode of In The Circle. Who has the best chance to catch Odicci Alexander? Can Danielle Gipson finish off one of the greatest comebacks in AU history? Can Hannah Flippen or Alyssa Denham make one final charge for the title? The guys answer those questions and much more. Plus, comments from ESPN's Brent Magnus about the continuing rise of softball on the worldwide leader. Victor also shares some news that even has Eric caught by surprise.  Opening and Closing Music: Linda Clifford 'Chicago'

    Recipe for Success, Step 1-Add Vawter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2023 50:22

    Hello, it's Wednesday, you know what that means. That means a special edition of In The Circle. And we don't special episodes for the sake of doing them. Today, we're joined by new South Carolina pitcher Alana Vawter. In her first national interview since her announcement last month, she talks about what led her to South Carolina and her plans once her decorated career comes to a close. She also has some things we might see from her this year we haven't seen yet.  The guys share their thoughts of the other new additions to the Gamecocks and where they stack up in the SEC for 2024. 


    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2023 54:54

    Has anything happened in Oklahoma lately? We ask in jest of course. The boys are back with another new In The Circle with their thoughts on Kelly Maxwell's transfer to Oklahoma. They also react to Kenny Gajewski's reaction at an Oklahoma State function last week. What does this mean for Bedlam after the 2024 season?    Victor then chats with Jenni Carlson who wrote an article about this story in The Oklahoman. She discusses how Maxwell going to OU wasn't a surprise to her, but still sent shockwaves throughout softball. She also reflects on what her move could mean for the rivalry after the Sooners leave the Big 12 next year for the SEC.    The podcast wraps-up with another major announcement from the guys about a special episode involving another impact transfer. 


    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2023 52:49

    We have a new champion in the WPF and nobody could handle Da Smoke. On our latest trip In The Circle, the guys recap the inaugural WPF Playoffs as well as how Texas blitzed their way to the championship. We hear from WPF Pitcher of the Year Autumn Pease as well as breakdown the WPF Year-End Awards.   Speaking of awards, the guys recap the Golden Mic Awards and the voting has Victor asking some questions about a particular set of fans. Plus, we touch on some of the latest rule changes announced and an announcement about upcoming guests. Eric then asks Victor if he'll cause any more havoc on his return back to Chicago next week. 

    As The Re-Alignment World Turns...Out of Control

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 69:14

    To say a lot happened since we last dropped a podcast would be the understatement of the summer. Eric and Victor are back to attempt to make sense of all of this in our latest edition of In The Circle. The guys break down the B1G adding Oregon and Washington while the Big 12 locks up Arizona, Arizona State, & Utah. What does this mean for Oregon State, Stanford, and Cal? Who does Victor blame for the demise of the Pac-12? Which conference has the best chance to challenge the SEC?  Victor then shares his reaction to the WPF's first ever no-hitter thrown Saturday by Ashley Rogers and an announcement involving the WPF Playoffs. 

    Fowler and Fowler Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 63:02

    On our latest episode of In The Circle, we air Part 2 of our conversation with Kenzie Fowler and Mattie Fowler Burkhardt. Mattie shares her story about working with Nebraska and the addition of Jordy Bahl to the program. They also share how her return parallels Kenzie's path to Arizona. Also, Mattie and Kenzie share the story about how they shared a broadcast booth in Tucson last year,    Plus, Victor's thoughts on the WPF entering the final week of the season and the next moves for Maryland after Mark Montgomery's resignation. 

    Fowler and Fowler: Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 83:17

    Not only do we have TWO Golden Mic's nominees on today's episode of In The Circle, we have two sisters joining us together. In the first of a two-part interview, Eric Lopez chats with Nebraska Softball commentator Mattie Fowler Burkhardt and Pac-12 Network analyst Kenzie Fowler. The two sisters share their stories about growing up watching Arizona softball, how their paths have grown each of them, and getting to share a booth together this past year. Kenzie also shares some news about where she'll be next broadcasting.    Victor then previews the opening week of Athletes Unlimited and announces how you can challenge him each week. 

    Closing One Chapter, Opening Another

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2023 66:01

    On today's episode of In The Circle, we catch up with new Washington Assistant Coach and former Athletes Unlimited stand-out Courtney Gano. As AU gets ready to kick off their Championship Season this week, they do so without one of their pillars. Courtney chats with Eric Lopez about what led to her decision to retire, her walk-off grand slam to end AUX last season, her next chapter as a coach, and much much more.    Afterwards, Victor breaks down some new faces who will debut during Athletes Unlimited Championship Season including a pair of former teammates in Tallahassee. We also will discuss Stanford's newest addition and when we could see the remaining marquee arms in the Transfer Portal make their decisions.    Our episode wraps up with Victor's look at the WPF. He shares why it might not be a guarantee of a Smoke-Spark Championship Series, the latest Co-Players of the Week, the suddenly red-hot USSSA Pride and more. He also shares who he voted for in this year's Golden Mic Awards which might make the end of the show a little tense. 

    Come Along on a Vanntastic Voyage

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2023 102:33

    Another week has come and it's time to recap it all (as best as we can) on the latest edition of In The Circle. Today's episode has a little bit of everything which starts with USA Softball clinching their bid into next year's World Cup. We hear from Team USA Head Coach Heather Tarr and evaluate where Great Britain stands after their outstanding performance.    We next head to San Antonio and chat with new UTSA Head Coach Vann Studeman as she returns to the head coaching game. She shares what led her to the Road Runners and navigating the move to The American. She also talks about her sister and UAH HC Les Studeman as well as her thoughts on her career so far.    After our chat, we look a very busy Friday of news which included changes at Ole Miss, a reunion in Charlotte, and Oklahoma adding another arm via the portal. We wrap up our episode with Victor reflecting on what he saw in the WPF and Smash It Sports' dramatic comeback versus Oklahoma City. Was this the craziest game Victor ever got to call? 

    Things Are Getting Interesting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2023 83:11

    It's time for another edition of In The Circle and there is PLENTY on the table to discuss. The guys share their thoughts on Kelly Maxwell entering the transfer portal as well as what it could mean for the Cowgirls in 2024. Plus, Justin McLeod from Extra Inning Softball shares his thoughts on the biggest names left in the portal as well as what schools made the biggest splashes in the off-season. The guys then look at some of the latest coaching news and what to expect next. Victor wraps up the show sharing his thoughts on the WPF and what he'll be doing this week.

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    Anything Happen While We Were Away?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2023 36:14

    After taking the week off to help Victor recover from his busy broadcasting schedule, we are back with a fresh episode of In The Circle. On this episode, we recap some of the major coaching moves including Morgan Zerkle returning home to lead Marshall and DJ Gasso joining Arkansas staff. Plus, our thoughts on which of the new schools in new conferences have the best chances to compete immediately. We wrap up the show with Eric's idea to increase the already record-breaking ratings for the Women's College World Series. 

    Views and Cheese Fries from Viera

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2023 52:19

    With the WPF in full swing, it's time for Victor's annual trip to our summer studios in Viera for this episode of In The Circle. On our latest episode, Victor chats with his broadcast partner and former Florida State All-American pitcher Jessica Burroughs. She shares her thoughts on the WPF this weekend and the growth of the league so far. She also reflects on her transition from playing to broadcasting and how Alex Powers led her into the booth. Plus, the hard hitting questions are asked to Jess: How does one handle macaws flying on the field and what;s her deal with cheese fries?

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    All Aboard the Coaching Carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2023 78:28

    Make sure you have your tickets ready fans as today, In The Circle takes you for a ride around the Coaching Carousel. Before you enter the ride, Victor breaks down some of the latest additions at Arkansas and Arizona State via the transfer portal. Then, Eric Lopez and Extra Inning Sofbtall's Justin McLeod ride along with you in this year's version of the Coaching Carousel. It will be very Carolina based with both North Carolina and NC State hiring new head coaches. Plus, other coaching hires and what to expect when coaching staffs can add a third paid assistant starting on July 1st. 

    Back Home In Nebraska

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2023 58:39

    After taking the rest of last week off to re-set from the earth-shattering news of Jordy Bahl, In The Circle returns to get the Nebraska side of the story. On today's podcast, the voice of Husker Softball Nate Rohr chats with Eric about the impact of Bahl returning home and what it means for Nebraska & the Big Ten in 2024. Plus, Victor shares some news that has him feeling like CM Punk. Trust us, it will ALL make sense when he tells you what it is. 

    Not Just Another Manic Monday

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2023 73:02

    On this special episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson reflect on the monumental announcement from Jordy Bahl returning back home on Monday afternoon. They share their initial thoughts on the news, and the ramifications of the story and bring you behind the curtain about how Eric first heard about the story. We then hear from Oklahoma beat writer Eric Bailey from the Tulsa World, who provides his reaction to the news and how all sides handled it.  

    Undisputed, Unapologetic, Undeniable

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2023 63:36

    Once again, the Oklahoma Sooners are on top of the college softball world. On today's episode of In The Circle, Victor looks back at Game 2 and how Oklahoma put the finishing touches on possibly the greatest season in Division 1 history. We hear from WCWS Most Outstanding Player Jordy Bahl, Patty Gasso, Kat Sandercock and others in the aftermath of Game 2. We also will play our interview with Arizona State Head Coach Megan Bartlett from our #ITCLive Postgame Show. 

    52 Down, 1 To Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2023 85:35

    On our latest episode, we recap Game 1 of the Champ Series as we hear from Patty Gasso, Jordy Bahl, and Lonni Alameda. Plus, we replay our interviews with Southern Illinois Head Coach Jen Sewell from our pregame show and ESPN/Pac-12 Network analyst Kenize Fowler from our postgame show early Thursday morning. 

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    #D2Tuesday...on a Wednesday?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2023 59:24

    We have a National Champion in Division II, and we're looking back at how we got there on our final #D2Tuesday of the year. Yes, we know it's a Wednesday; technical difficulties prevented the episode from coming out on time. Victor Anderson looks back at what happened in Chattanooga and the final NFCA Top 25 Poll. We then chatted with Brendan Gulick, who called the action with Leach Secondo and got his perspective on what happened last week. 

    And Then There Were Four

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2023 56:30

    We are down to four in Oklahoma City, and the guys have plenty to talk about on the latest edition of In The Circle. Victor Anderson kicks things off, addressing some of the commentaries he saw on social media this past weekend and the inconsistency with rules in the sport. Eric Lopez joins in to break down the action on the field, including Tennessee's pitching decision on Saturday and who has the best chance to double up their way into the championship series. Plus, we announce our plans for #ITCLive and our Game 1 Postgame show guest.   

    It's Time for the WCWS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2023 75:41

    We have finally made it to Oklahoma City and this year's Women's College World Series. On this episode of In The Circle, we share our thoughts on this year's eight teams and who has the best chance to beat Oklahoma. Tennessee PxP voice Brian Rice shares his perspective on the Lady Vol's first trip to Oklahoma City since 2015. He also explains how Tennessee is approaching its opening-round showdown with Alabama.    We then draft what teams have the best chances of beating Oklahoma and address the issue with the pace of play. 

    Next Stop, Exit 132A

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2023 86:23

    We now know the eight teams who are heading to Oklahoma City. On this episode of In The Circle we breakdown how each team ended up making it to the Women's College World Series. Plus, Stanford radio announcer and host of Bleav In Softball Jenna Becerra reflects on Jessica Allister's run back to Oklahoma City with the Cardinal as well as the Pac-12 sending three teams to OKC for the second straight season. We also make an announcement about our #ITCLive coverage during the WCWS as well as Victor's thoughts on Division 2 who will crown a champion between North Georgia and Grand Valley State. 

    It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Super #Mayhem

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2023 93:32

    We are down to eight teams left in Division 2 and 16 each in D1 as well as D3. On this episode of In The Circle, we will break down all three divisions in one episode (because we can). First, Wayne Cavadi joins the podcast with his thoughts on Division 2 National Championships in Chattanooga and what teams have the best chance to win it all.    After that, we are joined by ESPN's Maura Sheridan who was on the call for Washington's historic comeback Sunday with Nicole Mendes. She reflects on what she saw in Seattle throughout the weekend. She also looks back at meeting the moment as a broadcaster as Washington's comeback was happening.    Eric and Victor take a look at each Super Regional and make their predictions. Some of the picks will surprise you. Victor also looks at a couple of Super Regionals in Division 3 and we have some announcements to share.   

    A Sunday for the Ages

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 109:37

    After witnessing one of the wildest Championship Sundays in recent memory, we have a few things to get off our chest. On our latest episode of In The Circle, Victor has strong thoughts on the NCAA's treatment of schools once eliminated and how one school called out ESPN about their lack of caring for their journey to the tournament.    We then recap a dramatic Sunday, including the Miracle at Montlake, some questionable umpiring, and UCLA going 0-2 in Los Angeles. We also break down LSU and Louisiana's epic doubleheader, which had questionable calls and more proof that we need to seed 32 teams. 

    #D2Thursday...Yes, Again!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 40:27

    Now that we've figured out our Super Regional matchups, Victor Anderson breaks down all eight showdowns on this special Division 2 edition of In The Circle. He shares his key players to watch and predicts who will advance to Chattanooga next week. Hopefully, he can fare better than his picks last week, where he got only 10 of the 16 Super Regional teams correct.  

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