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In the Circle: Bad Calls, Early Recruiting, Val Silvestrini

On the latest episode of In The Circle, we talk about the controversial call that took place Saturday between No. 1 Washington and No. 4 UCLA. Eric vents about the lack of accountability for umpires, how this is a part of a more significant problem in the sport, and we share possible suggestions for reprimanding umpires with similar situations. Eric also asks if this is an issue softball fans actually want to bring up. After Eric calms down, we break down the NFCA ruling in favor of...


In the Circle: Bubble Teams, Who Hosts and Jennifer Patrick-Swift of Saint Francis

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor break down the NCAA Tournament bubble teams and who is in the mix to host. Also. Eric talks to Saint Francis Head Coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift who discusses her team's 2018 season. She also talks about the success the program has had in the NEC, winning the first-ever conference championship last season and currently leading the nation in most consecutive conference wins. Patrick-Swift also discusses her journey in coaching going from DIII...


In The Circle: All of SEC into tourney and will Alabama host? Major D2 record broken!

Eric and Victor breakdown if once again the SEC is in position to get everyone into the NCAA Tournament and the debate of letting teams into the NCAA Tournament with a 500 overall record or very subpar record in conference games continues. Eric and Victor also discuss the possibility of Alabama not hosting a regional and who are some teams that could host. Ball State Head Coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett talks about her coaching career journey that led her to Ball State, her playing...


In the Circle: Georgia loses star pitcher, Colorado State Sit-In, Bucknell's Joey Lye

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Bucknell's Head Coach Joey Lye about Bucknell's great start in the Patriot League, her road into coaching, and why she prefers softball over hockey (she's Canadian). Lye also discusses and her career on the Canadian National team and the process of making the national team. Eric talks about the impact of Georgia losing star pitcher Brittany Gray for the season and what it means for Bulldogs season. Lopez also talks to Mack...


In the Circle: Erin Kinberger (Saint Leo), Marathon Weekend, Marquee Names

On the latest edition of In The Circle, we kick off the podcast with Saint Leo Head Coach Erin Kinberger who recently recorded her 4th straight 30+ win season this weekend. She talks about her Lions as they approach the home stretch in 2018 as well as the development of Senior Alison Mitts as the ace of their pitching staff. She shares how she got into the coaching ranks, her talented coaches, coaching at her alma mater, and her bond with another young coach in the Sunshine State...


In the Circle: Christine Roser, Sooners Sweep and Weekend Recap

On this edition of In The Circle, the guys analyze Oklahoma's sweep over Baylor and again tell fans why the Sooners should be a high seed come the postseason. They also talk about the American Athletic Conference and how they might end up as a multiple bid league. The guys are joined by Queens (NC) Assist Coach Christine Roser who has helped the Royals to their first NFCA ranking in school history coming in at #19 in this weeks poll. Roser talks about coaching in the SAC and how much the...


In the Circle: Mike Davenport, Top DII Coaches, Weekend Preview and NCAA Committee

Our latest episode has Eric calling from Houston where he will cover the AAC match-up between UCF and Houston with Victor back in the studio. Eric is joined by North Georgia Head Coach Mike Davenport who has the Nighthawks ranked No. 2 in the latest NFCA Division II poll. Coach Davenport talks about his 2018 team and where they are as they look primed for another championship run. He shares with us how he ended up in North Georgia, and the investment his university has provided to his...


In the Circle: Kim Sowder and Weekend Observations from DI and DII

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric breaks down the weekend in DI and the statements made by South Carolina sweeping Tennessee, Washington sweeping Arizona and Northwestern taking two of three from Minnesota. The guys are then joined by Long Beach State Head Coach Kim Sowder who discusses the 49ers great start in 2018 with a 26-7 record and a top 25 ranking. Sowder discusses what the difference is from last season to the season. We also look at the Big West conference which gets...


In the Circle: Ben Garcia, DI Weekend Previews and Top DII Match-ups

On our latest edition of In The Circle, the guys settle into another busy weekend which includes the Big 10, Big 12, and AAC kicking off conference play plus a pair of Women's College World Series teams facing off in Baton Rouge. They also breakdown critical series in the Pac-12 and SEC. Eric chats with Head Coach Ben Garcia of Colorado Mesa who is No. 1 in the latest NFCA Division II poll and 26-0 on this season. Garcia talks about how he ended up at Colorado Mesa, his team playing in an...


Special Edition In the Circle: Chaos at Eastern Michigan

On this special edition of In The Circle, The guy's break down the developing story about Eastern Michigan announcing they were dropping Softball, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women's Tennis, and Wrestling. The move affects 58 male student-athletes and 25 female student-athletes, and once realized an expense reduction of approximately $2.4 million according to Eastern Michigan. Eric talks one on one with Eastern Michigan's Head Coach Melissa Gentile who tells us how the news was broken to...


In the Circle: Stephanie Best Talks Record, Early Recruiting and State of Softball

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to Pro Swings's Stephanie Best who talks about the 15 Year Anniversary of her NCAA record performance where she hit two grand slams with 11 RBI's in one game on March 19, 2003. Best talks about that game and what it was like to make history. We also discuss her career at UCF, winning an NPF Championship and owning her own company, Pro Swings. Best also talks about the game today as well as early recruiting, Transfers and more. Eric and...


In the Circle: Kenzie Fowler Talks Pac-12, SEC Previews and More

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez previews the opening weekend of Pac-12 conference play with Pac-12 Network's Analyst Kenzie Fowler. Fowler who talked about going from her playing career to broadcasting on a previous episode now previews the Utah-Arizona series which she will be broadcasting this weekend. We also look at the UCLA-Oregon, Washington-Arizona State, and California-Oregon State. Fowler breaks down her thoughts on the Pac-12. Eric and Victor also preview the...


In the Circle: 21 K's makes history, Milestones and Dot Richardson Talks Softball

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor break down Alabama's Alexis Osorio history making 21 strikeout performance on Saturday against Fordham. The 21 tied the NCAA DI record for most strikeouts in a seven-inning game. Osorio became the just the fourth pitcher in NCAA history to do it joining Michelle Granger of California (1991), Morgan Foley of DII Indianapolis (2016) and Jennifer Martinez of DIII St Joseph's College who has accomplished the feat twice. The guys also talked...


In the Circle: McNeese State's James Landreneau and Weekend Preview

On this edition of In The Circle, we are joined by McNeese State's Head Coach James Landreneau who talks about his No. 22 squad and what to expect the rest of the season. Landreneau talks about his offense led by star hitter Erika Piancastelli as well as his deep and young pitching staff. Landreneau also talks about being an assistant coach at McNeese State under Mike Smith ( 2013-2014) and Joanna Hardin (2015-2016) before being promoted to Head Coach in 2017 after Hardin took the...


In the Circle: DI and DII Weekend Recap, Katie Woolf of Gordon College

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor recap the weekend that was in DI and DII. One month into the seasons, the guys make some proclamations. Eric talks about eight teams he feels are already a lock to host regionals in the field of 64 in Division I. Also in the episode, Eric talks with Division III's Gordon College Head Coach Katie Woolf. We discuss her season opener, which is coming up on March 10, in Clermont, Florida and the outlook for 2018 season. We also talk about what...


In the Circle: Angel Shamblin Chico State, CCAA and Game Previews

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Chico State's Head Coach Angel Shamblin who has the Wildcats ranked No. 7 in the country with a 17-0 record. Shamblin talks about the success they have had this season, and how the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) goes with a four-game conference series each weekend and the reasoning behind it. Eric and Victor also discuss the Golden Era of College Softball in the State of Florida with coaches being successful for a...


In the Circle: Weekend Recap, Mary Nutter, Nebraska, Bama Bash and DII

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor recap the weekend that was at Mary Nutter in Palm Springs. What did we learn from Palm Springs, what team(s) perhaps established themselves as National Title contenders? Then Eric talks to the voice of Nebraska Softball Nate Rohr who was at Palm Springs calling games for the Huskers. What was Rohr's takeaway from the Mary Nutter and what team impressed him the most? Rohr also breaks down Nebraska and the outlook for the Cornhuskers in 2018...


In the Circle: Ashley Waters, The Week that Was, The Week Ahead

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Boston's Head Coach Ashley Waters about the Terriers upset of No 1. Oklahoma. Waters break down the win over the Sooners and what it means for the program. Waters also discusses what life is like as a Northeast program where you have to travel for the first month or so of the season. Also on this episode, Eric and Victor preview the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, CA as well as the Bama Bash in Alabama that features Alabama and...


In the Circle: Upsets and Dominance

On the latest edition of In The Circle on FastPitch News, we discuss the stunning upset by Boston over #1 Oklahoma in Las Cruces, NM on Saturday and hear from BU Head Coach Ashley Waters after the Terriers' historic victory. We then shift our attention to Lafayette, LA where we are joined by Clint Domingue of103.7 The Game to share life with Gerry Glasco and the showdown between Louisiana & Florida. Afterwards, we are joined by FSU Softball PBP announcer Robin Ahrberg who saw first hand...


In the Circle: Top 25, Peter Fadde, Top Players and DII Softball

On this edition of In The Circle, the guys talk about the latest FastPitch News Top 25 which includes their in-depth thoughts on the controversial ending involving Utah and Tennessee last weekend. Eric will then be joined by Peter Fadde from gameSense to share the latest hitting technology that will help softball hitters take their game to the next level. We wrap up the podcast talking about some of the biggest matchups this weekend including the ACC/Big 10 challenge, our next appearance,...


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