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Oklahoma's Patty Gasso on 2019, New Coaches, New Pitchers and More

10/22/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez goes one-on-one with Patty Gasso who is entering her 25th season as head coach at Oklahoma. Gasso talks about the changes going from associate coach Melissa Lombardi, who left this past summer for Oregon, to Jennifer Rocha who comes over from Florida. Gasso discusses what makes Rocha so good and the additions of Keilani Ricketts and Delaney Gourley to the coaching staff. Gasso breaks down the Sooners 2019 pitching staff that includes Mariah...

Duration:00:52:19

Oklahoma State Head Coach Kenny Gajewski Talks 2019 and More

10/18/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oklahoma State Head Coach Kenny Gajewski who is entering his fourth season at the helm. Gajewski discusses the outlook for his team in 2019. Gajewski discusses how he ended up coaching softball after being involved in college baseball, winning a national title at Oklahoma in 1994. Gajewski talked about being an assistant coach at Florida under his friend Tim Walton and how Walton influenced him as a head coach. Gajewski also talked...

Duration:01:01:33

Adrian Gregory Previews Texas Tech and New Hires

10/15/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Texas Tech's Head Coach Adrian Gregory about the Red Raiders program heading into 2019. Gregory discusses bringing on Letty Oliveras to handle the pitchers and what the key will be for the Red Raiders to make the NCAA Tournament in 2019 after a trip to NISC in 2018. Gregory also talked about playing for Jo Evans at Texas A&M and the influence she had on her. Eric is then joined by Victor Anderson who breaks down the latest coaching...

Duration:00:51:58

Iowa State's Jamie Pinkerton and way to Early NCAA Tournament Talk

10/11/2018
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Fall Ball rolls on with our latest episode on In The Circle as we speak with Iowa State Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton. Entering his 2nd season in Ames, Coach Pinkerton chats about his improving Cyclones, the Big 12 tournament format, and his love for the Kansas City Chiefs. We break down the conference outside the SEC which has the best chance to get all of its members in the NCAA Tournament. One of the guys feels that it might happen sooner than later. We wrap up talking about some...

Duration:01:08:52

A Fourth Umpire, UCF, Florida, St.Leo Fall Ball and the Sun Belt

10/8/2018
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On this appearance In The Circle, we kick off our Boys of the Fall-Ball Tour with Eric checking in from headquarters while Victor bids greetings from Saint Leo. The guys break down the latest NCAA proposal to allow a fourth umpire, starting this postseason. What will it mean for the WCWS? Plus, Victor asks why are we not placing this for the regular season and what would it could mean for all conferences. From there, the guys recap their trip to UCF and the first game under new HC Cindy...

Duration:01:05:49

Cat Osterman Returns, USA Invitees and a New Junior Coach

10/4/2018
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It's all about USA Softball on the latest appearance of In The Circle. We break down the announcement of Cat Osterman's return to competitive softball as she was invited to USA Softball's open tryouts in January. What was her motivation for coming back? Can she show she still has the stuff that made her one of the best in the world? The guys break it all down. They also discuss the list of invitees on the USA roster and who should have been added to the list. We also share our thoughts on...

Duration:00:49:55

Eastern Michigan Softball is Back, Program Reinstated

10/1/2018
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On this episode, the guys talk about Eastern Michigan softball being reinstated and what this means in the future. Eric is joined by David Jesse from the Detroit Free Press who provides an update on this story as well as what led us to this point. The guys talk about what other athletic departments might do in a similar situation with Victor shares his passionate thoughts from his experience in DII and the lack of attention the sport gets.

Duration:01:01:51

Henderson to Florida, Wilson Retires and the Fan Mailbag

9/27/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor discuss Jolene Henderson joining the Gators coaching staff as a volunteer coach and what appears to be the trend of big-name former players being hired as volunteer coaches. Eric and Victor also discuss Hallie Wilson announcing her retirement. We wrap the show up with our fan mailbag, and what you the fans thought was the best home run of all time.

Duration:00:43:56

Controversies, Coaching News, Birthday Wishes and More

9/24/2018
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It's another one-man show on our latest appearance as Victor flies solo with plenty on the agenda. He breaks down the latest lawsuit against Louisiana this time brought on by former head coach Michael Lotief. We flashback to last weeks episode where we discussed the first Title IX lawsuit involving nine student-athletes. We also play a part of our conversation with Clint Domingue from 103.7 The Game that sheds some light on the possibility of this second suit coming. Victor then talks about...

Duration:00:38:50

Greatest Home Run Ever, Garcia to Northern Colorado, A Word of Encouragement

9/20/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Victor flies solo and continues the discussion of the greatest home run ever hit in college softball. While everyone mentions Lauren Chamberlain and her dramatic walk-off in the 2013 WCWS, there are other notable moonshots that fans might not remember. Victor brings them up and lets the listeners know how they can chime in on the conversation. He also breaks down Ben Garcia jumping up from Colorado Mesa to Northern Colorado. We also air a portion of our...

Duration:00:25:33

Gender Equity Talk, Mary Nutter and Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

9/17/2018
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On this latest appearance In The Circle, we break down the lawsuit being filed against Louisiana-Lafayette and dive into the issue of gender equity as a whole. We read some of the key points from a statement released late last week, Eric chats with Clint Domingue of 103.7 The Game about the lawsuit and what some of the ramifications could be as time moves on. Clint discusses what got us to this point and what could be next for Louisiana. The guys then talk about the issue of gender equity...

Duration:01:06:31

Shelby Pendley on 2013 Sooners, Lauren Chamberlain and Cowles Cup

9/13/2018
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On this episode of In the Circle, we are joined by NPF Championship Series MVP Shelby Pendley to chat about the USSSA Pride's run to the Cowles Cup as well as her plays that helped make the difference. She also shares her thoughts about her friendship with fellow Sooner and Pride teammate Lauren Chamberlain, winning the national title in 2013, and a new business venture she's starting up. Victor re-joins Eric to talk about Pendley's impact on the sport, and someone drops an E-Lo Bomb about...

Duration:01:03:50

Lauren Lappin, Great Journey from Player to Coach

9/10/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to new Chicago Bandits Head Coach Lauren Lappin. In her first media interview since being promoted Lappin discusses her new role, why she wanted to become a coach and what the transition has been like moving from player to coach. Lappin also talks about her playing career at Stanford playing with Jessica Allister while being coached by Jon Rittman and Lonni Alameda. We also look at her playing career with Team USA and playing with Jessica...

Duration:00:53:30

Replacing the RPI in Softball and Tracie Adix-Zins Talks DePaul

9/6/2018
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Episode (or as we now call them appearances) No. 222 of In The Circle takes a look at the NCAA's recent decision to remove the RPI from deciding who makes the men's basketball tournament. Eric and Victor discuss if softball should do the same, what criteria they would consider, and would it even matter to the selection committee. We also have an interview from our latest episode of Inner Circle Softball where DePaul head coach Tracie Adix-Zins chatted with host Kelsey Lunn about being back...

Duration:00:43:59

Beth Mowins on 25 Year Career, Breaking Barriers, Best Games and More

9/4/2018
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On the 231st edition of edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez talks with ESPN's Beth Mowins about her broadcasting career which includes having called 25 Women's College World Series. Mowins talked about her fall season which includes calling football games for College and the NFL. We talk about what has changed in softball over her 25 years of covering it and what the turning point was in the growth of popularity of the game. She also shares her All-Time favorite games and more on this...

Duration:00:58:51

Kelsey Lunn Talks, Inner Circle TV, Renee Gillispie and Illegal Pitches

8/30/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, we are joined by the host of the Fastpitch News TV show "Inner Circle" Kelsey Lunn. Lunn about the TV show and how she went from being a player at South Dakota State to a media person covering the game. We also talked about the state of Iowa softball. Lunn who grew up in Iowa, and trains players there today, discusses the unique softball culture in Iowa and the hiring of Renee Gillispie. She offers her opinion as to what has gone wrong for the Hawkeyes the...

Duration:00:59:14

Keith Allen Texas Glory Adkins, Jenn Salling and the Mail Bag

8/27/2018
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On this episode, Texas Glory Adkins program director Keith Allen speaks with Victor Anderson. The organization is currently ranked No. 2 in the Fastpitch News Super 60 16U Rankings. They also earned the No. 11 ranking at 14U and the No. 12 at 18U. Victor chats with Keith about the success his organization has had this year, what we should know about the Glory and what should we expect in the future. He also talks about what makes the Glory organization as a whole such a success. Keith shares...

Duration:00:43:36

Aubree Munro Talks, World Championship, 2020 Olympics and Catching Multiple Pitchers

8/23/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Team USA catcher Aubree Munro about Team USA winning the World Championships against Japan and qualifying for the Summer Olympics in 2020. Munro, in this exclusive interview, talks about what it was like to be part of the World Championship team and knowing that spot in the 2020 Summer Olympics was at stake. Munro tells us what it was like coming from behind to beat Japan twice including the gold medal game when the United States came...

Duration:01:02:10

NCAA Coaching Carousel, Biggest Moves and USSSA Pride Wins NPF Title

8/20/2018
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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez is joined by Justin McLeod of Justin's World. They discuss all the coaching moves from the summer, which ones will be the most impactful, and they look at the number of coaches leaving head positions to becomes assistants. There is a new rule that could pass turning current volunteer coaching positions into full-time assistant positions by next year. The guys look at the possible impact of the rule. Also on this episode, Eric recaps the USSSA...

Duration:01:03:36

Sara Moulton Talks NPF Championship, Recruiting and Playing Multiple Sports

8/16/2018
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On this edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez talks with our very own Sara Moulton about her experience winning two NPF Championships with the Chicago Bandits (2015-2016). Moulton offers her keys to the NPF Championship Series between the Bandits and the USSSA Pride. Later we discuss some of the articles she has published the past few months, the most significant being that college coaches are also watching the parents and how they behave, during the recruiting process. Othe topics include...

Duration:00:51:18