In The Circle

In The Circle

Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson breakdown all the latest news within the world of softball. From NCAA to AU and all things in between, In The Circle brings the newsmakers and storytellers from the sport of softball.


September 21, 2023 49 mins

While Fall Ball is underway, it's never too early to look ahead to 2024. On today's appearance In The Circle, the guys share their thoughts on the 2024 SEC Schedule. What series are they looking forward to the most? Which teams have the "easiest" slate? Eric and Victor will answer some of those questions. Plus, what does ESPN do to replace Francesca Enea and Kayla Braud now that they are coaching at their alma maters? 

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Before Kayla Braud makes her way back to T-Town, she stops by In The Circle. Coach Braud reflects on her time in the booth with ESPN and SEC Network. She also shares what led her to return back to Tuscaloosa to join Patrick Murphy's staff. We wrap up this episode with the Gulf South newest addition to the league. 

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September 14, 2023 79 mins

After an extended break (by our standards), we're ready to roll with a new In The Circle. First, we take a brief look at the return of Kayla Braud back to Alabama to join Coach Patrick Murphy's staff in 2024. Afterwards, we begin our annual New Spaces, New Faces series where we chat with the newest head coaches in the sport. Our first guest is new Purdue Head Coach Magali Frezzotti. She steps into the role after serving as an assis...

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September 5, 2023 38 mins

Even with Victor making it back from Chicago, there's still more news to break down on the latest edition of In The Circle. Today, the guys look at the ACC's addition of Cal and Stanford to the conference effective July 1st. What does it mean for the conference and their already unbalanced schedule? How will this impact Oregon State and where they find their footing? We address those questions. Plus, we look at Maryland hiring thei...

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August 28, 2023 49 mins

In one of the most memorable seasons in AU history, it was an historic performance that took home the crown. On today's episode, Victor recaps Odicci Alexander's historic run to the championship as well as the rest of action during Championship Weekend. He also reflects on the great action he saw all weekend long as well as more history by Alyssa Denham and Jessi Warren. Plus, Victor shares plans for some future guests on the podca...

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August 24, 2023 43 mins

With one week remaining in Athletes Unlimited, we are primed for another frantic finish. Eric and Victor set the scene on this episode of In The Circle. Who has the best chance to catch Odicci Alexander? Can Danielle Gipson finish off one of the greatest comebacks in AU history? Can Hannah Flippen or Alyssa Denham make one final charge for the title? The guys answer those questions and much more. Plus, comments from ESPN's Brent Ma...

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August 23, 2023 50 mins

Hello, it's Wednesday, you know what that means. That means a special edition of In The Circle. And we don't special episodes for the sake of doing them. Today, we're joined by new South Carolina pitcher Alana Vawter. In her first national interview since her announcement last month, she talks about what led her to South Carolina and her plans once her decorated career comes to a close. She also has some things we might see from he...

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August 21, 2023 54 mins
Has anything happened in Oklahoma lately? We ask in jest of course. The boys are back with another new In The Circle with their thoughts on Kelly Maxwell's transfer to Oklahoma. They also react to Kenny Gajewski’s reaction at an Oklahoma State function last week. What does this mean for Bedlam after the 2024 season? 
Victor then chats with Jenni Carlson who wrote an article...
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August 15, 2023 52 mins
We have a new champion in the WPF and nobody could handle Da Smoke. On our latest trip In The Circle, the guys recap the inaugural WPF Playoffs as well as how Texas blitzed their way to the championship. We hear from WPF Pitcher of the Year Autumn Pease as well as breakdown the WPF Year-End Awards.
Speaking of awards, the guys recap the Golden Mic Awards and the voting has ...
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To say a lot happened since we last dropped a podcast would be the understatement of the summer. Eric and Victor are back to attempt to make sense of all of this in our latest edition of In The Circle. The guys break down the B1G adding Oregon and Washington while the Big 12 locks up Arizona, Arizona State, & Utah. What does this mean for Oregon State, Stanford, and Cal? Who does Victor blame for the demise of the Pac-12? Which con...

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July 31, 2023 63 mins
On our latest episode of In The Circle, we air Part 2 of our conversation with Kenzie Fowler and Mattie Fowler Burkhardt. Mattie shares her story about working with Nebraska and the addition of Jordy Bahl to the program. They also share how her return parallels Kenzie's path to Arizona. Also, Mattie and Kenzie share the story about how they shared a broadcast booth in Tucson last year, 
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July 27, 2023 83 mins
Not only do we have TWO Golden Mic's nominees on today's episode of In The Circle, we have two sisters joining us together. In the first of a two-part interview, Eric Lopez chats with Nebraska Softball commentator Mattie Fowler Burkhardt and Pac-12 Network analyst Kenzie Fowler. The two sisters share their stories about growing up watching Arizona softball, how their paths have grown each of them, and getting to share a booth ...
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July 24, 2023 66 mins
On today's episode of In The Circle, we catch up with new Washington Assistant Coach and former Athletes Unlimited stand-out Courtney Gano. As AU gets ready to kick off their Championship Season this week, they do so without one of their pillars. Courtney chats with Eric Lopez about what led to her decision to retire, her walk-off grand slam to end AUX last season, her next chapter as a coach, and much much more. 
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July 17, 2023 102 mins
Another week has come and it's time to recap it all (as best as we can) on the latest edition of In The Circle. Today's episode has a little bit of everything which starts with USA Softball clinching their bid into next year's World Cup. We hear from Team USA Head Coach Heather Tarr and evaluate where Great Britain stands after their outstanding performance. 
We next head to San Antonio and chat with ne...
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July 10, 2023 83 mins

It's time for another edition of In The Circle and there is PLENTY on the table to discuss. The guys share their thoughts on Kelly Maxwell entering the transfer portal as well as what it could mean for the Cowgirls in 2024. Plus, Justin McLeod from Extra Inning Softball shares his thoughts on the biggest names left in the portal as well as what schools made the biggest splashes in the off-season. The guys then look at some of the l...

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July 3, 2023 36 mins

After taking the week off to help Victor recover from his busy broadcasting schedule, we are back with a fresh episode of In The Circle. On this episode, we recap some of the major coaching moves including Morgan Zerkle returning home to lead Marshall and DJ Gasso joining Arkansas staff. Plus, our thoughts on which of the new schools in new conferences have the best chances to compete immediately. We wrap up the show with Eric's id...

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June 26, 2023 52 mins

With the WPF in full swing, it's time for Victor's annual trip to our summer studios in Viera for this episode of In The Circle. On our latest episode, Victor chats with his broadcast partner and former Florida State All-American pitcher Jessica Burroughs. She shares her thoughts on the WPF this weekend and the growth of the league so far. She also reflects on her transition from playing to broadcasting and how Alex Powers led her ...

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June 22, 2023 78 mins

Make sure you have your tickets ready fans as today, In The Circle takes you for a ride around the Coaching Carousel. Before you enter the ride, Victor breaks down some of the latest additions at Arkansas and Arizona State via the transfer portal. Then, Eric Lopez and Extra Inning Sofbtall's Justin McLeod ride along with you in this year's version of the Coaching Carousel. It will be very Carolina based with both North Carolina and...

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June 19, 2023 58 mins

After taking the rest of last week off to re-set from the earth-shattering news of Jordy Bahl, In The Circle returns to get the Nebraska side of the story. On today's podcast, the voice of Husker Softball Nate Rohr chats with Eric about the impact of Bahl returning home and what it means for Nebraska & the Big Ten in 2024. Plus, Victor shares some news that has him feeling like CM Punk. Trust us, it will ALL make sense when he tell...

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June 13, 2023 73 mins

On this special episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson reflect on the monumental announcement from Jordy Bahl returning back home on Monday afternoon. They share their initial thoughts on the news, and the ramifications of the story and bring you behind the curtain about how Eric first heard about the story. We then hear from Oklahoma beat writer Eric Bailey from the Tulsa World, who provides his reaction to the n...

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