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“In the Circle” is a USA Field Hockey Podcast based on sharing an inside look of field hockey in the United States. National team athletes, staff, club administrators, coaches, umpires, fans and more cover topics about field hockey.

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    • Oct 11, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Nikki Ragin Returns to Oregon Softball, Ashley Cozart Talks A-Sun and North Alabama Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 83:38

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk with new Oregon Assistant coach Nikki Ragin and North Alabama Head Coach Ashley Cozart. First, Eric talks with Udria-Ragin about what led her to return to Oregon, where she was a two-time All-American. Ragin talks about her time as Head Coach at DII Biola and as a player at Oregon, where she was part of three WCWS appearances. Eric then talks with North Alabama Head Coach Ashley Cozart about A-SUN realignment, transitioning from DII to DI, and a look at UNA's 2022 season.

    Donna and Taryn Papa Talk UNC Softball 2022 and Singing, Natalie Land and the UCF Hall of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 102:47

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with North Carolina Head Coach Donna Papa and her niece Taryn Papa about their bond over Taryn's singing career and being on "The Voice" to Papa's coaching career. They talk about Taryn singing the national anthem at the UNC softball game, and also Donna talks about the Tar Heels in 2022. Eric also talks with Natalie Land, who is getting inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame. Land talks about picking Softball over Basketball and her journey to UCF.

    Rhonda Revelle Previews Nebraska Softball, Talks Career, New League Announced.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 70:28

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Nebraska Head Coach Rhonda Revelle, who enters her 30th season at Nebraska. Revelle talks about the Huskers in 2022, Being a mentor to other coaches, her growing coaching tree, realignment, and more. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson talk about a new pro league in softball, St Pete Clearwater Invitational field, and the AAC moving their Softball championships from UCF to ECU.

    Iowa's Big 4 Softball Tournament Preview Part II, Iowa's Renee Gillispie and Iowa State's Jamie Pinkerton, A Legend Retires

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 110:08

    This edition of In The Circle is part two of our "Big 4 Classic" preview in Iowa. Next, we talk with Iowa's Head Coach Renee Gillispie and Iowa State's Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton. First, Eric Lopez talks with Gillispie about the Hawkeyes in 2022 with a young pitching staff, and could softball have a Field of Dreams in Softball like MLB did this summer? Also, Eric talks with Pinkerton about the Cyclones making the NCAA Tournament in 2021 for the first time since 1988. Pinkerton discusses 2022 and life after Sami Williams and his thoughts on Houston, UCF, and BYU joining Big 12 in a couple of years. Eric and Victor Anderson recap the second season of Athletes Unlimited with Alesha Ocasio winning the top award and Cat Osterman announcing her retirement.

    Iowa's Big 4 Softball Tournament Preview Part I, UNI's Ryan Jacobs and Drake's Rich Calvert

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 107:10

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson Focus on the "Big 4" in Iowa as they head to the Big 4 Classic. First, Eric talks with Northern Iowa Head Coach Ryan Jacobs about UNI's NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021, Breaking down the team's outlook in 2022 and replacing All-American SS Sammey Bunch. Eric also talks about Drake's Head Coach Rich Calvert about the history of the Big 4 Classic Fall tournament, Drake in 2022, and the MVC. Calvert also talked about Nicole Newman and the national attention Newman brought to the program in 2019. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor react to more college realignment news as reports of Belmont moving from the OVC to the MVC and Texas A&M Commerce moving from the Lone Star Conference (DII) to the Southland Conference (DI).

    Ashley Chastain Talks Charlotte Softball, Amy Tudor Talks WKU and A-Sun adds Austin Peay

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 111:10

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson look at the C-USA outlook for 2022 and expansion in the A-SUN. First, Eric talks with Charlotte Head Coach Ashley Chastain about her vision for the 49ers program fresh off a 31 win 2021 season. Chastain gives an outlook for 2022 and talks about what she learned while playing for Joyce Compton and Beverly Smith in South Carolina. Eric also talks with Western Kentucky Head Coach Amy Tudor about WKU alum Larissa Franklin winning the Bronze medal for Team Canada in the Olympics this summer. Tudor talks about what it is like being Head Coach at her alma mater, Winning C-USA Tournament in 2021, and more. Eric and Victor react to the news of the A-Sun Conference adding Austin Peay to the conference starting in the fall of 2022.

    Stacey Nuveman-Deniz and Victoria Hayward Talk San Diego State Softball, 2022, Athletes Unlimited, and Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 133:46

    In this edition of In The Circle, The guys are joined by three-time Olympian Stacey Nuveman-Deniz and recent Olympian Victoria Hayward. First, Eric Lopez talks with Nuveman Deniz about her promotion to Head Coach at San Diego State following the retirement of Head Coach Kathy Van Wyk. Nuveman-Deniz talks about the Aztecs in 2022, Adding Victoria Hayward to the staff, the Olympics in Tokyo, the Mountain West Conference. Eric also talks with Hayward about getting back into coaching, joining Nuveman-Deniz staff at San Diego State. She shares her thoughts on year two of Athletes Unlimited, her role with AU, and what could lie ahead for AU. Hayward reflects on her Olympic experience with Team Canada this summer, winning the Nation's first-ever medal in Olympic softball

    Rachel Lawson Talks Kentucky Softball, Holly Aprile Talks Louisville, Lawrie Retires

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 83:40

    In this edition of In The Circle, we are joined by Kentucky Head Coach Rachel Lawson and Louisville Head Coach Holly Aprile. First, Eric Lopez talks with Lawson about the Wildcats in 2022, instant Replay, and expanded Women's College World Series schedule. Eric also talks with Aprile about the Cardinals in 2022, including new additions to the roster and coaching staff. Eric and Victor Anderson also discuss Danielle Lawrie's retirement and Athletes Unlimited halfway mark of season two.

    Summit League Softball Preview with Krista Wood and Darren Mueller, Elish to Oklahoma State, Big 12 Expanding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 106:01

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to Miranda Elish committing to Oklahoma State and the Big 12 officially expanding. Also, in the episode, we preview The Summit League for the 2022 season. Eric talks with South Dakota State Head Coach Krista Wood about their incredible run in 2021 and how she thinks they handle high expectations heading into next season. Eric also talks with North Dakota State Head Coach Darren Mueller about the Bison's outlook in 2022, The Summit League expanding, and more. Finally, Eric and Victor discuss Montana Fouts's appearance on SEC Nation Football pregame show with Cole Cubulic.

    WCWS Changes, Tairia Flowers Talks LMU , AAC Looking to Replace Team Leaving for Big 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 68:26

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to the announcement that the Women's College World Series (WCWS) will now be a nine-day event instead of a seven-day event. Also, in the episode, Eric talks with Loyola Marymount Head Coach Tairia Flowers about her time as an assistant coach of Team USA, and she breaks down LMU for the upcoming season. Eric and Victor also talk about reports that the AAC is looking to replace UCF, Houston, and Cincinnati and which teams could replace them.

    Big 12 May Add Four, Angel Shamblin Talks Houston Athletics Hall of Fame, Houston Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 93:13

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to the reports of the Big 12, adding UCF, Houston, BYU, and Cincinnati to the conference and the impact it will have on College Softball. Also, in the episode, Eric talks with former All-American Houston Cougar great Angel Shamblin about being inducted into the Houston Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept 17. 2021. Shamblin discusses how she overcame career-threatening injury before even arriving in Houston, playing for Kyla Holas, and more.

    BYU Softball with Gordon Eakin, Throwback with Valerie Arioto, Turnover at Rollins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 90:22

    In this edition, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to Rollins Head Coach Michelle Frew announcing her retirement effective immediately. What is Frew's legacy at Rollins? Who are possible candidates to take over? Also, in the episode, Eric talks with BYU Head Coach Gordon Eakin, who discusses the Cougar's run last season. Eakin discusses the outlook for 2022, how he handles expectations after consecutive conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. Also, Eakin talks about his journey going from playing for the Oakland Athletics farm system to coaching softball and playing with Ken Eriksen, and more. In the episode, we also playback an interview with Valerie Arioto from October 2019.

    Laura Trout Talks Illinois Softball and Lu Champer Harris, Cat Osterman Throw No-No, Ariotto Retires

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 75:06

    In this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Illinois Associate Head Coach Laura Trout. Trout talks about working for Head Coach Tyra Perry, her philosophy in hitting, her reaction to Lu Harris Champer retiring, and what it was like playing for Harris Champer. Trout also gives an outlook on the Illini 2022 season and more. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss Ali DuBois New home, Cat Osterman making history, throwing the first no-hitter in Athletes Unlimited history, and Valerie Ariotto announcing her retirement.

    Amy Hogue Talks Hall of Fame, 2022 Utah Softball and Career, Pac-12 News and Athletes Unlimited

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 67:26

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Utah Head Coach Amy Hogue about being inducted into the Utah Athletics Hall of Fame on September 1, 2021. Hogue talks about her playing career at Utah and her outlook for her team in 2022, Hiring Paige Parker to the staff to join DJ Gasso and Alexis Bennett getting added. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson talk about whether Pac-12 Softball should follow Pac-12 Baseball and create a conference softball tournament. Plus, Victor and Eric select four Athletes Unlimited athletes for the season via the draft.

    Adrienne Clark Talks Hofsta Softball and Her Goals, Athletes Unlimited Year Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 56:51

    In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with new Hofstra Head Coach Adrienne Clark, who talks about returning to the program where she was a two-way star player from 2002 to 2005. Clark spoke about her journey as a player and into coaching. The two also discussed when she tried out for the Bobsled /Skeleton federation and what she took from that experience into coaching. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss Athletes Unlimited second season, which is getting underway. The growing popularity in Little League Softball on TV as well as a reunion at UCF.

    Abigail Farler Talks Abilene Christian Softball and Their Transition to the WAC

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 58:21

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Abilene Christian Head Coach Abigail Farler. The two discuss the big year ahead for the program as ACU moves from the Southland Conference to the WAC. Farler discusses transitioning conferences as well as how the program navigated that transition over the last year and what is ahead for them in 2022.

    Sara Moulton Talks Business, Olympics and NPF, Replay is Coming to NCAA Softball in 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 61:33

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to the news that the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday approved implementing video review and allowing coaches to have two video review challenges beginning in the 2022 season. The two also discuss a rule change that went under the radar that has nothing to do with replay. Eric also speaks with former Minnesota All-American pitcher and two-time NPF Champion with the Chicago Bandits Sara Moulton. Sara discusses her company, Strike Zone Sports. Moulton shares how Strike Zone Sports came about and what it has to offer. Moulton also shares her thoughts on Olympic Softball, including seeing her former teammates Sara Groenewegen and Monica Abbott pitch in Olympics. Moulton also discusses the NPF Shutting down, WCWS scheduling, Transfer Portal, and more.

    Shellie Robinson Talks Stetson Softball and Career, Alex Powers Retires

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 62:50

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Stetson Head Coach Shellie Robinson. The two discuss her taking over the Hatters program for Frank Griffin, who retired back in May. She also talks about Growing up in Deland, Her playing career at USC Upstate, and the NPF. Also, in the episode, we have a throwback Thursday to our April 22 interview with Alex Powers, who retired from playing softball last week.

    Softball Conference Realignment, Justin McLeod and NPF Suspends Operations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 104:51

    After taking the weekend off, the boys are back at it and are joined by Justin McLeod of Justin's World as they go in-depth about Texas and Oklahoma's move to the SEC & what it will mean for the sport of softball. The guy's breakdown of how the SEC Tournament and conference schedule could look like and what times will be impacted the most with the move. They also share what's next for the remaining Big 12 members and what conferences they could wind up in. Plus, Justin shares his thoughts on the NPF suspending operations.

    Danielle Henderson Talks UMass Softball, Coaching Playing and Winning Gold

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 43:45

    In our latest episode, we chat with Danielle Henderson about returning to UMass to become their new Head Coach. Henderson reflects on her playing career at UMass, where she was a three-time All-American, made two WCWS appearances (1997 and 1998), and received the 1999 Honda Sports Award. She also discusses playing for Team USA in the 2000 Summer Olympics and winning Gold, playing for legendary UMass Head Coach Elaine Sortino, and more. Victor Anderson also shares his thoughts on the NPF suspending operations.

    New UMass Head Coach Danielle Henderson Joins The Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 43:45

    On our latest episode, we chat with Danielle Henderson about returning to UMass to become their new Head Coach. Henderson reflects on her playing career at UMass where she was a three-time All-American, made two WCWS appearances (1997 and 1998), and received the 1999 Honda Sports Award. She also discusses playing for Team USA in the 2000 Summer Olympics and winning Gold, playing for legendary UMass Head Coach Elaine Sortino and more.   Victor also shares his thoughts on the NPF suspending operations. 

    Dot Richardson Breaks Down Team USA, the Olympics, Future and Liberty Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 66:10

    In this episode, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to Japan winning the gold medal game over Team USA. The two also talk about what it means for Team USA and Softball in the Olympics moving forward. Also, in the episode, Eric talks with two-time Gold medalist and Liberty head coach Dot Richardson who discussed The gold medal game and Softball being back in the Olympics. She talks about what needs to happen next for the sport at the International level. Richardson also reflected on the 1996 gold medal in Atlanta, Liberty's successful 2021 season, and more.

    Lauren Lappin Talks Arizona Softball, Olympics and a Gold Medal Game Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 71:12

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with New Arizona assistant coach Lauren Lappin. The two discuss her joining the Wildcats staff, reuniting with Caitlin Lowe, being part of the Olympics in 2008, and seeing Softball back in the Olympics. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson preview the USA-Japan Gold Medal game and if a typhoon possibly hitting Japan this week impacted the team.

    Chrissy Schoonmaker Talks George Washington Softball, Olymic Recaps and Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 60:06


    In this episode, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk with "Bleavin Softball" Podcast host Jenna Becera about Team USA's 1-0 win over Canada at the Summer Olympics. They talk about positives and negatives for Team USA through the first two games of the Olympics. Also, in the episode, Eric talks with new George Washington Head Coach Chrissy Schoonmaker about taking over the GW program and her journey from a player at South Carolina to her coaching career and more.


    Tokyo Olympic Softball Preview, Shanna McBroom 2021 NCAA DII National Player of the Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 77:53

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson preview the Olympics Softball event. Team USA will play its first game at 11:00 PM ET on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The two break down each of the six teams and discuss what each will need to do to have a successful tournament. Also, in the episode, Eric talks with NCAA DII National Player of the Year Shanna McBroom of West Texas AM. McBroom talks about her teams' national title run and reflects on her softball career, including what Olympic sport she played growing up before softball?

    Shannon Saile Talks Sooner Softball Title, Pitching Clinics, Starting Pitching Later and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 49:09

    In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with former Oklahoma pitcher Shannon Saile about the Sooners' run to the National Championship. Saile talks about the upcoming pitching lessons she will be hosting on July 25th. She also discusses her career and how she was late to becoming a pitcher; what she learned from coaches like Patty Gasso, Jen Rocha at OU, and more. Plus, Victor Anderson checks in after calling USSSA-Florida softball games this week.

    Stacy May-Johnson Talks Fresno State Softball, Coaching Changes Galore in College Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 49:54

    In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with new Fresno State Head Coach Stacy May-Johnson about her journey, playing for legendary Head Coach Gayle Blevins at Iowa, coaching, and more. The dive into her expectations for the Fresno State program. Later in the show, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss J.T. Damico leaving Washington to join Tony Baldwin's staff at Georgia and its ramifications in the coaching community. Also, Chelsea Wilkerson returns to Georgia as the pitching coach. Plus, Megan Langenfeld leaves Oregon and college coaching.

    Transfers and Coaches On the Move, Justin McCleod Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 92:08

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Justin's World's Justin McCleod as they break down the big moves so far in the player's transfer portal and the coaching carousel, including lots of new faces in the Mountain West. Eric and Justin also discussed the WCWS beating the CWS in TV Viewership and what softball commentator they see as the future of the sport?

    Virginia Wesleyan 3x National Champion Hanna Hull Joins The Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 75:50

    On this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with 3-time National Champion and 3x National Pitcher of Year winner Hanna Hull who chat's about Virginia Wesleyan's championship run in 2021, playing for Brandon Elliott, and her legendary playing career. Also on the episode, Eric and Victor discuss the impact that the new Name Image and Likeness rules will have in college softball. Plus, the guys talk about the Women's College World Series beating College World Series in TV viewership and the latest ride on the coaching carousel.   

    Tribute to Ralph Weekly

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 102:53

    On this edition of In The Circle, we reflect and look back at Tennessee Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly's career after announcing his retirement last week. 

    Megan Gibson Talks Camp and Career, Ralph Weekly Retires from Tennessee, Georgia Hires Tony Baldwin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 101:52

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to the news of Tennessee Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly announcing his retirement on Wednesday. The guys talk about his legacy and who could be joining Karen Weekly's Vols staff. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor talk about Georgia's Hire of Tony Baldwin and hear from Baldwin and Georgia Athletic Director Josh Brooks. Eric talks with Texas AM Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and three-time All-American Megan Gibson. The two discuss her upcoming softball camp in College Station for TwelveBaseball.com. Gibson talks about the mental side of softball, her legendary career, and being a 1-2 tandem with Amanda Scarborough. 

    Justin Shults On Being Boise State's New Softball Coach, Oddici Alexander Joins Pride, FGCL Opening Weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 35:10

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with New Boise State Head Coach Justin Shults, who discusses what it was about Boise that he knew was the right time to be a head coach. Shults talks about the philosophy he will bring to Boise State and what he has learned from his time at previous stops that prepared him for this opportunity. Also, in the episode, Victor discusses Oddici Alexander joining the USSSA Pride. He also talks about his time at the Florida Gulf Coast League (FGCL) this past weekend.

    A Look Back at Lu Harris Champer's Georgia Softball Coaching Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 74:32

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with former Georgia Bulldog great Kristyn Sandberg about Georgia's Head Coach Lu Harris Champer's sudden retirement from Georgia. Sandberg shares some of her stories of Coach Champer and more. Also, in the episode, Victor Anderson plays back clips from former Georgia players Alisa Goler, Megan Wiggins, and Tony Baldwin. Then, one by Gerry Glasco on what it was like working for Champer, we wrap with Lu Harris Champer's clip.

    A Salute to Arizona Softball Head Coach Mike Candrea and His Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 145:27

    In this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Kenzie Fowler about Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea, who, after 36 seasons, retired last week. The two also discuss Caitlin Lowe becoming the new Head Coach. Fowler shares some of her memories of Candrea and more. UNLV Head Coach Kristie Fox joins the show and talks about the Candrea retirement and Lowe being named head coach. Fox played for Candrea at Arizona (2004-2007), having won two national titles. We also playback past interviews from Jenny Dalton Hill, Leah Amico O'Brien, Caitlin Lowe, and Taryne Mowatt. Finally, we play back Mike Candrea's interview from his appearance on In The Circle back on September 13th, 2017.

    Oklahoma Wins 2021 NCAA Softball Championship, Jenna Becerra Breaks it Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 84:11

    On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez is joined by Pac-12 Network analyst and "Bleavin Softball" Podcast host Jenna Becerra as we break down Oklahoma's 5-1 win over Florida State to win the National Championship. Lopez and Becerra look at what went right for Oklahoma and what went wrong for FSU, Hit some off-season big topics for softball, and more. Victor also discusses his thoughts from being at WCWS for the last week and lasting memories and moments from it.

    2021 Women's College World Series Coverage, Madison Shipman Talks Career, Broadcasting and WCWS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 61:45

    In this edition of In The Circle, Victor Anderson comes to us from the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK. Eric Lopez talks with ESPN/SEC Network and former Tennessee Volunteer great Madison Shipman. Shipman discusses how she got into broadcasting after a stellar career at Tennessee. She talks about her experience playing under the Weeklys, Alabama's run, and the difference between being there as a player and now as an analyst.

    2021 Softball Women's College World Series Preview, Recap of the DII and DIII WCWS and Rachel Fico

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 107:47

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson preview the 2021 NCAA Softball Women's College World Series (WCWS). The two also recap the DII and the DIII College World Series. Eric talks with Megan Turk, who called the DIII Championships in Salem, Virginia. Eric and Victor also recap West Texas AM winning the DII national title. Eric also talks with Georgia assistant coach Rachele Fico. Fico discusses the difference between coaching in the WCWS and playing in it. Things wrap up with Victor talking to Jordan Shusterman, who co-hosts the Baseball BBQ on the Ringer Podcasts with Jake Mintz. Shusterman talks about the WCWS and softball.

    2021 Softball Super Regionals Recap, Kenzie Fowler and Look Ahead to the WCWS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 129:34

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson recap the Super Regionals and look ahead to WCWS. Eric talks with former Arizona two-time All-American and current Pac 12 Network/ESPN Color commentator Kenzie Fowler. Fowler breaks down UCLA and Arizona, making it to the WCWS and the postseason for Pac-12. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor announce their coverage from OKC.

    NCAA Softball 2021 Super Regional Softball Preview with Francesca Enea and Ryan Urquhart, Also DII and DIII Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 111:36

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez previews the Super Regionals with three-time All-American and ESPN/ SEC Network + TV color commentator Francesca Enea. The two break down each super regional, discuss being the first female to work color for an AAC Baseball telecast on ESPN+, and more. Victor Anderson talks with Gators radio broadcaster Ryan Urquhart about the Gators-Georgia super regional and broadcasting postseason. Finally, Eric and Victor preview the DII and DIII College World Series and who they think will win the National Championships

    2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Recaps, A look Ahead at Super Regionals

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 57:41

    In This edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson recap the Regionals from the weekend and what we learned from each region. Also, we take an early look at some of the super regionals and the TV schedule. Plus, we discuss if the future NBA and NHL playoff schedule could affect the softball postseason.

    2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Previews Part II, Beth Mullins, Leanna Johnson, and Brittany McKinney

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 172:44

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson preview the Seattle, Los Angeles, Stillwater, Knoxville, Athens, Tuscaloosa, Gainesville, and the Tallahassee Regional. Eric talks with Troy Head Coach Beth Mullins and Ace pitcher Leanna Johnson about Troy making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Eric also talks with ACC Network/ESPN analyst and former North Carolina Tar Heel Brittany McKinney. McKinney will be part of the ESPN crew on the call for the Tallahassee Regional this weekend. Eric and Victor also discuss the latest from the Austin Regional and make their regionals picks.

    2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Previews Part I, DII Preview and Ryan Jacobs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 118:19

    In the first of a two-part episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson preview the NCAA DI Tournament Regionals. Today they look at the Norman, Tucson, Tempe, Baton Rouge, Fayetteville, Lexington, Austin, and the Columbia Regionals. We also drop clips from some of the most prominent coaches in the game, including Mike White, Melyssa Lombardi, Mike Candrea, and Patty Gasso. We hear their thoughts on the seeding of the tournament and more. Eric talks with Northern Iowa's Head Coach Ryan Jacobs about the Panthers season, making the field, and what it was like on Selection Night. Eric also talks with UNI's Sammey Bunch about what it will be like playing just an hour away from where she grew up. Bunch also discusses what it has been like handling all the attention she has gotten being a Top 25 National Player of Year finalist and more. Also, in the episode, Victor previews the D2 NCAA Tournament.

    2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Sunday Breakdown and Analysis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 156:29

    Today, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson share all of their thoughts, analysis, and commentary from Sunday's Selection Show LIVE on YouTube. We had a cavalcade of guests join us Sunday night. Texas Softball PBP Andrew Haynes SEC Network+ Analyst Megan Turk LSU Softball Head Coach Beth Torina Justin McLeod from Justin's World

    Megan Willis Talks Big 12 Tournament, Updates in Big Ten and Pac-12 and Our Tournament Preview Part II

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 82:25

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with ESPN and Longhorn Network's Analyst Megan Willis about the Big 12 Tournament. Willis gives her insights on the tournament with thoughts on Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, and the rest of the Big 12 field. Willis also talks about broadcasting and more. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss Big Ten and Pac-12 regular-season final weekends and some results from Wednesday, including a shocker in the Sun Belt.

    Cat Osterman Talks Olympics, Sun Belt Tournament, and Our Tournament Preview Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 105:28

    In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Cat Osterman about broadcasting softball this season on ESPN + and covering Texas State and the Sun Belt. Osterman is training with Team USA in preparation for Summer Olympics. She talks about preparation for the Olympics, appearing on Good Morning American, and getting into broadcasting this season. Osterman previews the Sun Belt Tournament breaking down the field. Will the Sun Belt get four teams in? Who could be a sleeper in the Tournament? Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson preview the American Softball Championship in Tulsa. They also look at the Missouri Valley Tournament, The Colonial, and the Big East. The guys also discuss how South Carolina's win over Auburn is awful news for bubble teams. Plus, we hear from LSU's Beth Torina and Clemson's Jon Rittman as the ACC Tournament gets underway.

    College Softball Round-up, Bedlam, SEC Champs, Bubble Teams, and a DII Disappointment

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 77:25

    With Selection Sunday coming up this week, the guys are rolling full steam ahead on our latest episode. They breakdown how Bedlam helped Oklahoma State, Florida's SEC championship, and which Power 5 team played themselves on the bubble. We are joined by Gray Robertson and Tom Canterbury from Out of The Box to chat about the SEC Tournament taking place in Tuscaloosa and how it will impact seeding and hosting. Victor then takes a moment to vent his disappointment about a prominent DII conference.

    Road to WCWS 2021, Jenni Carlson on Changes Coaches Want, Bubble Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 95:07

    In this edition of In The Circle, the guys break down who they feel right now are locks to hosts and who might need some help entering the final week of the regular season. Victor Anderson and Eric Lopez also look at some of the match-ups that will impact those potential seedings. Also, Victor sits down with Jenni Carlson from The Oklahoman about her feature on the Women's College World Series and the changes coaches would like to see made to the format. Jenni shares her thoughts on what changes can be made to make it safer for the players and her re-model format change to the WCWS. After sharing their thoughts on those changes, Eric and Victor talk about bubble teams and the series to watch this weekend.

    NCAA Softball Sites Breakdown, Wyatt Tomchek Talks UNLV Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 95:33

    On the latest appearance In The Circle, Victor Anderson welcomes Eric Lopez back to break down the predetermined sites announced by the NCAA and if they got the sites correct. They also recap the results from the weekend, along with the tournament ramifications related to those results. They chat about the SEC's chances of getting all thirteen teams in again, the Big 12's chances of getting a fifth team in the field, and much more. We then chat with UNLV play-by-play voice Wyatt Tomchek about the Rebels' huge series victory over then Mountain West leader Fresno State as well as the conference's chances of having both teams making the tournament. Plus, the guys have another announcement related to Selection Sunday.

    NCAA Softball Tournament Site Predictions, Post Season Thoughts and some DII Softball

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 77:49

    Justin McLeod of Justin's World to break down who he feels are in play to be named one of the predetermined sites selected by the NCAA. What schools are battling for the last spots? Who is most likely assured to be a host come Selection Sunday? The guys will break it all down. They also talk about some #SneakyBigSeries in the Mountain West, West Coast Conference, and the ASun. Victor then chats with Texas Softball PXP voice Andrew Haynes as the Longhorns prepare for their Big 12 showdown with Oklahoma State. He talks about the power surge from Texas in 2021, their deep pitching staff, and the improvement of Janae Jefferson. We wrap up the show by looking at the DII regional rankings and having a major announcement about our following live streams.

    SEC Softball Title Race, Notre Dame Sweeps VT, Big 12 Bubble Teams and Pac-12 Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 80:17

    In this episode, Victor Anderson once again hosts and has some friends joining the fun. Justin McLeod from Justin's World came on to recap the weekend, including the wide-open SEC race, Notre Dame's sweep of Virginia Tech, and the Big 12's bubble teams. They also breakdown the USA Softball Player of the Year list, and needless to say, Victor had issues with it. We are then joined by Tara Henry from D1 Softball and recap UCLA/Washington, its ramifications, and the outlook of the Pac-12 heading towards the postseason. She also shares some of the storylines and players we should pay attention to, plus her organization Run The Bases.

    Alex Powers Talks Career and Broadcasting, NCAA DII Softball Update and Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 46:58

    On our latest edition of In The Circle, Victor Anderson flies solo and breaks down two DII conference tournaments (SAC and Conference Carolina). Victor gives you his thoughts on those tournaments and the predetermined sites for the Division 2 Tournament. Later on, we chat with USSSA Pride member and former Florida State great Alex Powers about her playing career and her return to the broadcasting world. We finish out the show with our weekly recap of the polls and look at some #SneakyBigSeries in college softball.

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