In the Circle

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Eric Lopez, Victor Anderson, and the FPN Staff bring you the latest news, views, previews, & reviews on all things softball from college to the NPF.

All Episodes

In the episode of In the Circle, Eric Lopez first talks with Clemson's Head Coach John Rittman about the Tigers winning the 2021 ACC regular-season title, Not hosting a regional, a 2022 preview, and more. Also, Eric talks with South Carolina's Beverly Smith about the Gamecocks in 2022 and her coaching tree growth in the sport. Plus, Victor Anderson reacts to Michele Frew taking over the Charleston Softball program in DII after retiring from Rollins a couple of months ago.

Nov 29

1 hr 48 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson break down the 16 team field at the St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational Tournament in February. Eric talks with East Carolina Athletic Hall of Famer Toni Paisley about being inducted into the ECU Hall of Fame. We talk about her career at ECU and her pitching lessons company Paisleys Pitching. Finally, Victor has his traditional Thanksgiving traditional segment unlike any other.

Nov 24

1 hr 24 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson talk about the Sun Belt in 2022 and beyond. Eric talks with Texas State Head Coach Ricci Woodard about her squad and thoughts on the Sun Belt adding Marshall, JMU, and Southern Mississippi and the retirement of Cat Osterman and Randi Rupp. Eric also talks with Marshall Head Coach Megan Smith Lyon on the Thundering Herd's pending move to the Sun Belt and what to expect from her squad this upcoming season.

Nov 22

1 hr 18 min

In this edition of In The Circle, we preview the Big East Conference and sit down with two coaches now at their alma mater. First, Eric Lopez talks with Villanova Head Coach Bridget Orchard. The two discuss the program's first Big East championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021 and the high expectations for 2022. Also, Eric talks with DePaul's Head Coach Tracie Adix-Zins about winning the regular-season title in 2021 and bringing Abby Ramirez to the coaching staff.

Nov 18

1 hr 54 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric talks with Duke Head Coach Marissa Young about the Blue Devils winning the ACC Tournament championship in 2021. Young gives an outlook of Blue Devils in 2022 and being around Men's Hoops Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski's final season. Eric also talks with Villanova Head Coach Laura Valentino about the Huskies making the Big East Championship game for the first time since 2001 and what to expect in 2022, her playing career at Hofstra, and more.

Nov 15

1 hr 26 min

In this edition of In The Circle, James Madison Head Coach Loren LaPorte talks in-depth for the first time publicly about JMU's move to the Sun Belt Conference and the CAA decision to ban all JMU Athletics from the conference tournament. LaPorte reflects on the Duke's run to the WCWS in 2021 and its impact on her and the program. LaPorte also talks about what we can expect from JMU in the 2022 season.

Nov 11

1 hr 18 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Missouri Head Coach Larissa Anderson about the high expectations for the Tigers in 2022, with just about everyone returning from the 2021 team that was one win away from WCWS. Anderson also discussed the "Hofstra Coaching tree" as well as helping other coaches in the game. Eric talks with Auburn Head Coach Mickey Dean and their 2022 outlook and his reaction to James Madison's WCWS run. Eric and Victor Anderson look into the JMU vs. CAA saga with JMU announcing that they will join the Sun Belt Conference and C-USA, adding Liberty, Sam Houston, New Mexico State, and Jacksonville State.

Nov 8

1 hr 11 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to the announcement by the CAA that James Madison will not be allowed to participate in conference postseason play if they leave for the Sun Belt. Eric talks with Houston Head Coach Kristin Vesely about the Cougar's future move from the AAC to the Big 12, where she was a four-time All-Conference softball player and a soccer player at Oklahoma. Vesely discusses the Cougars outlook in 2022, the addition of Courtney Oliver to the staff, and more. Eric also talks with Texas Tech Head Coach Sami Ward about UCF, Houston, and BYU coming to the Big 12. Also, what she learned from her first season in Lubbock and expectations for Red Raiders in 2022. We wrap with Eric and Victor discussing the changes coming to the Big 12 tournament.

Nov 4

1 hr 31 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with California Head Coach Chelsea Spencer about the Bear's upcoming season, Kristina Thorson joining the staff, and more. Eric also talks with Michele Granger about her role at Cal Poly, the 1996 Gold Medal run, and her career at Cal. Eric and Victor Anderson also react to USA softball naming Heather Tarr the Team USA Head Coach.

Nov 1

1 hr 47 min

In this edition of In The Circle, we focus on the A-SUN conference in 2022 and beyond. Guests include Lipscomb Head Coach Kristin Ryman, Jacksonville's Head Coach Erica Ayers, and North Florida Head Coach Marcie Higgs. First, Eric Lopez talks with Ryman about Lipscomb hosting Alabama in the fall, the 2022 season, and her playing career at Lipscomb. Eric then previews Jacksonville with coach Ayers and more about realignment in A-SUN. Coach Higgs talks about some of the new faces at UNF, a preview of the upcoming season, and how she sees the A-SUN playing out in 2022.

Oct 28

2 hr 10 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to news of the Sun Belt, adding Southern Mississippi and possibly James Madison and Marshall. They discuss the impact on C-USA. Eric then talks with Georgia Southern Head Coach Sharon Perkins about taking over the Georgia Southern program. Perkins shares her vision for the program and her thoughts on Lu Harris-Champers retirement and more. Eric also talks with Georgia Tech Head Coach Aileen Morales about being inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame, her outlook for 2022, and her former coach Perkins being back in College Softball.

Oct 25

1 hr 48 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss Conference realignment. Reports are coming that the American Athletic Conference is looking to add six C-USA schools, and reports that the Sun Belt is also looking at expanding. Eric talks with Louisiana-Monroe Head Coach Molly Fichtner about building the LMU program. She also shares what it was like learning from Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy and her thoughts on the Sun Belt Conference. Eric and Victor break down the Rollins hire of former alum Christine Roser-Lefevers.

Oct 21

1 hr 35 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to Hailey Dolcini announcing she is transferring to Texas. The news broke late Sunday night. Eric talks with Baylor Head Coach Glenn Moore about the upcoming 2022 season and his reaction to the changing landscape in the Big 12 with realignment. Also, in the episode, Victor talks with Savannah Collins about Athletes Unlimited (AU) year two and what to look for in year three.

Oct 18

1 hr 32 min

In this edition of In The Circle, The guys take a deep dive into the Sun Belt Conference as they talk with South Alabama Head Coach Becky Clark and Troy Head Coach Beth Mullins. Clark breaks down what to expect from South Alabama in 2022, fresh off NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021. She also discusses building the program from scratch and previews the Sun Belt. Eric Lopez then talks with Mullins about Troy making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996 and expectations for 2022. They wrap with a discussion about the growth of softball in the state of Alabama. Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss Alabama fall ball starting and more.

Oct 14

1 hr 48 min

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.

Oct 11

1 hr 23 min

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.

Oct 7

1 hr 42 min

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.

Oct 4

1 hr 10 min

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.

Sep 30

1 hr 50 min

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).

Sep 27

1 hr 47 min

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.

Sep 23

1 hr 51 min

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

Sep 20

2 hr 13 min

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.

Sep 16

1 hr 23 min

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.

Sep 13

1 hr 46 min

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.

Sep 9

1 hr 8 min

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.

Sep 7

1 hr 33 min

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.

Sep 2

1 hr 30 min

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.

Aug 30

1 hr 15 min

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.

Aug 26

1 hr 7 min

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.

Aug 23

56 min 50 sec

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.

Aug 19

58 min 20 sec

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.

Aug 16

1 hr 1 min

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.

Aug 12

1 hr 2 min

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.

Aug 9

1 hr 44 min

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.

Aug 2

43 min 44 sec

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. 

Aug 2

43 min 44 sec

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.

Jul 28

1 hr 6 min

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.

Jul 26

1 hr 11 min

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.

Jul 22

1 hr

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?

Jul 19

1 hr 17 min

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.

Jul 15

49 min 7 sec

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.

Jul 12

49 min 53 sec

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?

Jul 8

1 hr 32 min

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.   

Jul 1

1 hr 15 min

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. 

Jun 28

1 hr 42 min

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. 

Jun 24

1 hr 41 min

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.

Jun 21

35 min 9 sec

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.

Jun 17

1 hr 14 min

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.

Jun 14

2 hr 25 min

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.

Jun 11

1 hr 24 min

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.

Jun 7

1 hr 1 min