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In The Circle
84 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Oklahoma Wins 2021 NCAA Softball Championship, Jenna Becerra Breaks it Down
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.
62 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
2021 Women's College World Series Coverage, Madison Shipman Talks Career, Broadcasting and WCWS
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.
108 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
2021 Softball Women's College World Series Preview, Recap of the DII and DIII WCWS and Rachel Fico
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.
130 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
2021 Softball Super Regionals Recap, Kenzie Fowler and Look Ahead to the WCWS
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.
112 minutes | May 27, 2021
NCAA Softball 2021 Super Regional Softball Preview with Francesca Enea and Ryan Urquhart, Also DII and DIII Previews
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
58 minutes | May 24, 2021
2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Recaps, A look Ahead at Super Regionals
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.
173 minutes | May 20, 2021
2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Previews Part II, Beth Mullins, Leanna Johnson, and Brittany McKinney
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.
118 minutes | May 19, 2021
2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Regional Previews Part I, DII Preview and Ryan Jacobs
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.
156 minutes | May 17, 2021
2021 NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Sunday Breakdown and Analysis
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
82 minutes | May 13, 2021
Megan Willis Talks Big 12 Tournament, Updates in Big Ten and Pac-12 and Our Tournament Preview Part II
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.
105 minutes | May 12, 2021
Cat Osterman Talks Olympics, Sun Belt Tournament, and Our Tournament Preview Part 1
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.
77 minutes | May 10, 2021
College Softball Round-up, Bedlam, SEC Champs, Bubble Teams, and a DII Disappointment
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.
95 minutes | May 6, 2021
Road to WCWS 2021, Jenni Carlson on Changes Coaches Want, Bubble Teams
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.
96 minutes | May 3, 2021
NCAA Softball Sites Breakdown, Wyatt Tomchek Talks UNLV Softball
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.
78 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
NCAA Softball Tournament Site Predictions, Post Season Thoughts and some DII Softball
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.
80 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
SEC Softball Title Race, Notre Dame Sweeps VT, Big 12 Bubble Teams and Pac-12 Thoughts
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.
47 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Alex Powers Talks Career and Broadcasting, NCAA DII Softball Update and Breakdown
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.
74 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Can Oklahoma Softball be Stopped, Loren LaPorte Talks JMU Softball
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss Oklahoma's dominance over Texas over the weekend and who can contend with Sooners for the National title? Eric also talks with JMU Head Coach Loren LaPorte about the Dukes 2021 season and a look back at JMU regional win at Michigan. Finally, Eric and Victor discuss if an inning should be completed when it hits the drop-dead time in a softball game?
95 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Chris Plank Talks Oklahoma Softball and Brian Campbell Talks Youngstown State
In this edition of In The Circle, The guys preview the big Texas vs. Oklahoma series as Eric Lopez talks with the voice of Sooners Softball Chris Plank to talk about Oklahoma's historic offense this season, The Big 12 and the Texas series. In the episode, Eric talks with Youngstown State Head Coach Brian Campbell about their season and the Horizon League in 2021. Also, Victor Anderson will break down the latest polls.
78 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
NCAA DI Softball Committee Chair Matt Larsen, Stephen F Austin's Nicole Dickson
In this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with NCAA DI Softball Committee Chair Matt Larsen. Larsen also is the Director of Athletics at North Dakota State University. Larsen discusses the decision to have the host sites predetermined and if anything will change in selecting the 64 teams for the 2021 tournament. In the episode, Eric talks with Stephen F Austin's Head Coach Nicole Dickson about moving from Junior College to a DI head coach. Dickson also discusses the rise of the Lady Jacks program, which is in the Southland's final season before moving to the WAC. Finally, Eric and Victor Anderson recap the weekend that was in softball.
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