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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.

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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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.






Will NCAA Softball Go to 32 Seeds and We are Going to Waco

We're officially in December, which means time for Christmas music (if you're not already blasting it), trimming the tree, and one month closer to softball. In this episode of In The Circle, we look at the probability that softball seeds the Top 32 teams for the NCAA Tournament, similar to volleyball and women's soccer. We analyze some pros and cons and discuss how it will impact the 400-mile rule. Then, we travel to Waco as Eric Lopez catches up with Baylor Head Coach Glenn Moore. Fresh of...


We're Geauxing To Clearwater, Ragin' Cajuns Softball

Now that the leftovers are finished, your in-laws have left, and your sanity has been restored, it's time for a new edition of In The Circle. We break down the schedule for the 2023 TaxAct Clearwater Invitational Presented by EvoShield and some of the marquee matchups each day taking place. Later in the show, Victor Anderson selects his VIP Match-Up for the event, which surprises some. Afterward, we are joined by one of the coaches who'll be in Clearwater in February. Eric Lopez chats with...


Giving Thanks for the Thanksgiving Softball Draft

Thanksgiving has arrived, and we have a special edition of In The Circle for all to be thankful for. Victor Anderson hosts this special podcast with our 1st annual In The Circle Thanksgiving Fantasy Feast Draft. Victor is joined by ESPN+ and Gator Radio voice Ryan Urquhart and Extra Inning Softball National Softball Editor Justin McLeod to draft their ideal Thanksgiving spread. Who's dish will be the best? Listen and find out for yourself.


Looking at Indiana Softball and Queens University Softball

We enter the week of Thanksgiving and provide a small sampling of quality with our latest episode of In The Circle. First, Eric Lopez chats with Indiana Head Coach Shonda Stanton and Associate Head Coach Chanda Bell. The Hoosiers recorded another winning season in 2022 (27-22 Overall) and look to improve on that total in 2023. The three discuss the Hoosiers' season outlook in 2023, the landscape of the Big Ten, their time coaching with one another, and more. Afterward, the Fall Tour heads...


Another Place In The ASUN

We're full steam ahead into Thanksgiving as we continue our In The Circle Fall Tour. Victor hosts today's episode as we head back to the ASUN Conference with a pair of coaches on different paths. First, Eric Lopez chats with Liberty Head Coach Doctor Dot Richardson. The Flames look to cap off their final season in the ASUN with a third straight tournament championship and potentially more with a very-difficult non-conference schedule. Coach chats about the process behind that scheduling,...


Traveling Down Tobacco Road with North Carolina and North Carolina State Softball

On our latest episode of In The Circle, our Fall Tour travels down Tobacco Road with two programs looking to back a big jump in 2023. First, North Carolina Head Coach Donna Papa talks with In The Circle about her Tar Heels and the team's outlook for 2023. Coach Papa shares her thoughts on Carol Hutchins retirement, the continued rise of the ACC, and more. Next, we chat with North Carolina State Head Coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift about the Wolfpack. NC State won 33 games last season, and with...


Under The Golden Dome

Our latest episode of In The Circle takes us to the Atlantic Coast Conference and South Bend, Indiana, to be specific, as our Fall Tour rolls along. Eric Lopez caught up with Notre Dame Head Coach Deanna Gumpf, who led the Fighting Irish to another 40-win season and NCAA Tournament selection. Coach talks with In The Circle about her outlook for the 2023 team led by ACC Player of the Year Karina Gaskins and veteran ace Payton Tidd. Coach Gumpf discusses the addition of Amanda Eberhart to her...


Dreaming of Big Ten Softball

Our In The Circle Fall Tour rolls along into the Big Ten for this episode with two programs that made significant strides in 2022. First, Eric Lopez catches up with Maryland Head Coach Mark Montgomery. After settling in College Park, the Terps finished with their most wins (29) since 2013 and their best Big Ten finish since joining the league. Coach Montgomery talks with In The Circle about the Terrapin's growth from last year, the outlook in 2023, playing in the Girls with Game Experience...


Beasts of The Big East Softball

Now that you've shopped for that discounted Halloween candy put up your holiday decorations, and griped about some football rankings, relax with a new episode of In The Circle. Our Fall Tour continues our "Big" portion of the journey as we travel to talk Big East Softball, First, Eric Lopez talks with Villanova Head Coach Bridget Orchard about making it back to the NCAA Tournament last season and winning another Big East crown. She talks about being part of a historic Orlando regional where...


Big Things In Big 12 Softball

We have plenty of treats for you on this episode of In The Circle as our Fall Tour rolls into the Big XII. The guys break down the latest reports of the new TV deal for the conference and what it means for its future members and softball. Could this lead to more Big 12 softball on ESPN once the new deal kicks in? After our TV talk, Texas Tech Head Coach Craig Snider talks with In The Circle about becoming the new Red Raider in charge. Snider discusses his journey in softball and his time...


Always Tip Your Stetson Before Getting Pied

Our In The Circle Fall Tour heads back to the Sunshine State and back into the ASUN for this episode. We welcome Stetson Head Coach Shellie Robinson back to the podcast as her Hatters get ready for their first Fall Ball matchup with UCF this weekend. Coach Robinson reflects on last season, where Stetson doubled their win total and made the ASUN Tournament on the season's final day. She shares her thoughts on being the head of the program, what to expect from her team in 2023, and getting...


Rodney DeLong Previews North Texas Softball and Conference Move

Our In The Circle Fall Tour stays in Conference USA as we head west to Denton, TX, as the defending tournament champion Mean Green of North Texas prepares for their swan song in C-USA. After capturing the Crown in 2022 and making the Stillwater Regional Finals. Head coach Rodney DeLong gives the outlook for the upcoming season and the program's move from CUSA to The American after this season. He also shares his thoughts on various topics, including the transfer portal. Victor Anderson also...


It's A Party in C-USA!!!

We'll spare you the lyrics of the catchy tune to which our podcast episode is titled. You can thank us later for having the song in your head all day. Nonetheless, we press forward as our Fall Tour heads to Conference USA. A league set for a seismic shift in 2024, but with plenty of storylines heading into 2023. First, Eric Lopez goes one-on-one with Western Kentucky Head Coach Amy Tudor. Coach reflects on the 2022 season, where they just missed making the NCAA Tournament despite a 38-win...


Getting Back To Some Normal FGCU Softball

Some coaches have to focus on what their lineup will look like during Fall Ball. Our guest on our latest episode of In The Circle had to handle much more essential matters. On this episode, we hear from FGCU Head Coach David Derios in his first extensive interview since Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida nearly two weeks ago. Coach Derios walks through with Eric Lopez, the timeline of this team from getting ready for Fall Ball to preparing for Hurricane Ian and everything in between....


WCC Softball with LMU's Tairia Flowers and BYU's Gordon Eakin

We're another week closer to the 2023 season, and we are full steam ahead with our continuing look at the West Coast Conference on the latest edition of In The Circle. First, Loyola Marymount Head Coach Tairia Flowers talks with In The Circle about the Lions and their landmark 2022 season. A talented, veteran-laden roster propelled LMU to win the WCC and make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. Coach Flowers gives her outlook for the 2023 season, including new additions to...


West Coast Connections

No TMZ video was leaked ahead of today's episode, but it packs a lot of punch. On today's episode of In The Circle, we head out to the West Coast Conference, Before we do, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to the pending reports of Kennesaw State leaving the ASUN to join Conference USA. They share what it means for all parties involved and what is next for the ASUN regarding potential expansion. We then chat with one of the sport's true legends as Pacific Head Coach Brian Kolze makes...


More of The Big 4

It's another Thursday so it's time for a fresh edition of In The Circle. It's so fresh that Eric Lopez is actually back to help host the show with Victor this week. This episode serves as Part 2 of our Big 4 Iowa Classic Preview. First, Eric Lopez goes one on one with Iowa State Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton. After another winning season in Ames, Coach Pinkerton has the Cyclones primed for another big season in 2023. He chats with E-Lo about the outlook for his team, the Bgg 12 landscape,...

Back To The Big 4

It's a new month and a new episode of In The Circle. Today's episode is our look at the upcoming Big 4 Classic, which will take place this weekend in Iowa City. First, we chat with Northern Iowa Head Coach Ryan Jacobs, who has UNI near the top of the MVC for the past three seasons. Coach Jacobs talks with Eric Lopez about the Panthers' outlook in 2023, the ever-changing look of The Valley, and the current outlook of softball within the state of Iowa. He also shares what players to watch for...


New Valley, New Horizons

We continue our journey into the Missouri Valley Conference on our latest edition of In The Circle First, Eric Lopez chats with Murray State Head Coach Kara Amundson. Fresh off an historic 2022 season where they won 40 games, Coach talks with In the Circle about Murray State making the move from the Ohio Valley to the Missouri Valley Conference, She also reflects back on the history making 2022 season, her outlook heading into this upcoming season as well as her playing career at...


As We Walk In The Missouri Valley

We are approaching the peak of Fall Ball, and In The Circle will make its way into The Valley; the Missouri Valley Conference, that is. We begin in Carbondale, Illinois, as we speak with new Southern Illinois Head Coach Jen Sewell. After serving as a longtime assistant under legendary coach Kerri Blaylock, Coach Sewell reflects on her opportunity to lead the Saluki program. She talks about SIU, the outlook for her team in 2023, an always competitive MVC, and much more. Afterward, we chat...