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.

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May 19, 2022 73 min

With the NCAA Tournament gearing up this weekend, we preview ALL 16 regionals in this edition of In The Circle. Naturally, we start local, where we hear from UCF's Cindy Ball-Malone and Michigan's Carol Hutchins on their thoughts on the Orlando regional. We also will listen to Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso with the latest on Sooner pitcher Jordy Bahl.   We will also air our other interviews from Selection Sunday with Texa...

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Selection Sunday has come and gone with a Field of 64 in place. In this episode, we break it all down with Eric Lopez, Victor Anderson, and Justin McLeod. They reflect on how the committee did with selecting the Field and Eric's reaction to UCF getting a chance to host as a national seed. We also will playback our interviews from Sunday's live stream with ACC Network Xtra commentator and for Seminole Caylan Arnold. So much ...

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Fresh off the heels of a wild Selection Monday for DII and DIII, we get ready for it all on our latest episode of In The Circle. Victor Anderson runs the show this week and talks with two coaches who'll be making history this weekend. First, we hear from 2022 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year Julie LeMaire from Nova Southeastern. The Sharks won a share of their first-ever SSC championship and will battle Alabama-Hunts...

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We're less than a week away from Selection Sunday, and we have more questions than answers. This episode breaks down the biggest storylines from the Power 5 conferences as we enter the final week before the NCAA Tournament. Eric talks about the impact Arizona State's series win versus UCLA could have on their chances of sneaking into the Top 8. We then speak with "Out of the Box" co-host and Alabama play-by-play voi...

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We're full steam ahead on the In The Circle ship heading straight towards the postseason. In today's episode, we preview The Bedlam Series and the implications on the line for the Sooners and Cowgirls. We hear from Oklahoma's Patty Gasso during her weekly media availability, and she gives her thoughts on the potential future of the series. Next, we head west, where Pac-12 supremacy is at stake between UCLA and Arizona S...

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May 2, 2022 71 min

As the calendar turns #MAYhem has begun. We have all of it covered in this latest edition of In The Circle. First, Victor chats with Extra Inning Softball's Justin McLeod about Texas Tech's sudden and stunning change, which broke on Sunday. Along with Eric Lopez, the guys look back at the recent troubles in Lubbock, how it falls on the athletic department, and is Texas Tech a viable job?

Next, Eric chats with ESPN's Jes...

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April 28, 2022 55 min

As the softball world mourns the sudden passing of JMU's Lauren Bernett, our episode will reflect on her life and the continuing fight for mental health. We discuss the impact social media and increasing pressures have on softball players and us as a society. The guys open up and share their personal experiences during this episode. 

We also will air Eric Lopez's interview from Monday with Boston Head Coach Ashley Waters. T...

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With Selection Sunday less than a month away, it's time for one of our newest pastimes on In The Circle. Eric Lopez chats with DI Softball Committee Chairwoman Sandy Atkins in-depth about the selection process. They discuss various subjects from hosting criteria, making the field of 64, seeding teams, and other key topics. This is a must-listen interview if you were ever wondering what goes through the process. Atkins also disc...

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It's Thursday, which means a new episode of In The Circle, and the boys have A LOT to say. They always have a lot today, but more so today than usual. We start with Victor's thoughts on the initial DII and DIII regional rankings. He looks at how the initial rankings match up with his mock rankings from #D2Tuesdays and how it could look down the road. It also includes the possibility that the two schools that played for the ...

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As we return from Easter, we have plenty to discuss on the latest episode of In The Circle. The guys start the show from the UCF Softball Complex, recapping UCF's series sweep over East Carolina. Eric Lopez chats with UCF Head Coach Cindy Ball-Malone and Assistant Coach Whitney Jones. The two talk about the team's success so far in 2022, their connection with Washington HC Heather Tarr, and working together at UCF. Coach Ba...
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Before searching for Easter eggs and waiting for that Easter brunch, please tune in to our latest episode of In The Circle. We kick off the show previewing two of the big series this weekend; Oklahoma vs. Texas and Arkansas vs. Kentucky. We hear from Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso and Kentucky Coach Rachel Lawson during their media availability. We also look at some of the other important series in DI Softball.    Afterward, we de...

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It's Monday, and you know what that means! It's a brand new edition of In The Circle, and Victor Anderson is running the show (and making sure he's legal with the hosting position). We preview the upcoming Red River Showdown with Texas Softball play-by-play voice Andrew Haynes. He chats with Vic about the Longhorns' recent hot streak, the addition of Hailey Dolcini, what Texas needs to do to pull the upset, and thei...

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It's Thursday, and you know what that means!

It means a new edition of In The Circle, and the theme for today's episode is Bracketology. Eric Lopez chats with Justin McLeod from Extra Inning Softball about ELo's latest Bracketology. They talk about how last week's results impacted the national seeding landscape, who's in, who's out, and who's in the mix to host. 

Afterward, Victor Anderson and Eric chat ...

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Many things went down this weekend, and we break it all down in our latest edition of In The Circle. Eric Lopez shares his thoughts on seeing Virginia Tech and their pitching shut down UCF in person on Sunday. How confident is Eric in the Hokies and their championship aspirations? Victor chimes in about a wild ACC series and how it impacts Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. The guys also recap the action around the SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten, ...
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March 31, 2022 56 min

Our tribute to the late, great Joan Joyce continues on the newest edition of In The Circle. Eric Lopez chats with MLB.com writer Matt Monagan about his feature on Joan Joyce as he explored her great athletic career, including playing in the LPGA. He also mentions her other exploits, as well as facing Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, and more.    Victor Anderson and Eric then preview the upcoming weekend in college softball, including a pi...

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Today's episode kicks off with our tribute to legendary FAU Head Coach Joan Joyce, who suddenly passed away Saturday night. We reflect on her legacy to the game and hear from several coaches, including Tim Walton and Beth Torina. Victor Anderson shared his time following Coach Joyce when UCF battled FAU in the ASUN from 2002 to 2005. 

We press forward as Coach would want by chatting with the voice of the reigning National Champ...

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It's time to kick off conference play in the American and B1G Ten this weekend, and we break it all down on the latest edition of In The Circle. We first head up I-4 to Tampa, where we chat with USF ESPN+ announcer Ryan Urquhart who'll be calling UCF-USF this weekend. Ryan shares his keys for the series, the Bulls season, and Queen Georgina. 

We head to the B1G Ten and our conversation with Nebraska Softball play-by-pla...

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It's Monday. You know what that means. It means a new edition of In The Circle with plenty to talk about. We recap a wild opening weekend in the Pac-12, including Cal's series win over No. 7 Washington plus a UCLA Bruin during something that hadn't been done since 1988. We also will hear from the nation's leader in RBIs, UCF's Jada Cody, as the Knights ran their winning streak to 15 straight after sweeping Furma...

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It's Thursday, and you know what that means. It means a new edition of In The Circle with plenty of Stanford flavor. First, Eric Lopez talks with Stanford Head Coach Jessica Allister about the Cardinal 18-4 start to their season as they head into a huge tournament at Mizzou this weekend. Coach also shares what it was like seeing her pitching staff throw three consecutive no-hitters, including a perfect game. She also talks abou...

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It's all about royalty on the latest episode of In The Circle. First, we look back at Jocelyn Alo's record breaking blast this past weekend in her home state of Hawaii. We hear from the new Home Run Queen herself as well as how the coverage of her chase from history differs from when Lauren Chamberlain set the previous record. 

From royalty at the plate to royalty in the circle, we then head to Tampa where USF's Georgin...

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