Big Viewership for 2017 Women’s College World Series

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series.

According to ESPN,  The  Sooners’ two-game sweep of the Florida Gators averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,720,000 viewers, the most-watched sweep in Women’s College World Series Finals history.  The Sooner-Gators’ two games in the best-of-three format was up 33% from 2014 which was Florida against Alabama and was last time the WCWS Finals failed to go to a decisive third game.  This year’s two-game average was also up 33% over last season’s WCWS Finals first two games (June between Oklahoma and Auburn. The Sooners won the series in three games.

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage – televised in its entirety by ESPN for the 18th straight year – averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games (June 1-6), up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals)

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games , up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals) highlighted by Oklahoma vs. Oregon game (June 4 on ESPN) had a total live audience of 1,249,000 viewers, which is a a top 3 most viewed early-round WCWS game ever.

Here is The Top Five markets for Women College World Series

Rank Rating Market
1. 3.9 Tulsa
2. 3.6 Oklahoma City
3. 2.1 Birmingham
4. 1.9 New Orleans
5. 1.5 Dayton
 5.  1.5 Orlando

ESPN televised every game of the Super Regionals (21 games) from May 26-28, averaging 477,000 viewers for just its TV audience, up 34% from last year’s entire presentation (19 games).  The  regional round games that were televised on ESPN had an average of 301,000 viewers a game.

Here is numbers courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily.com

Thursday June 1 

Texas AM vs Florida  354,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU vs UCLA  447,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA  571,000 Viewers on ESPN2 

Baylor vs Oklahoma  501,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday June 2

Florida vs LSU  866,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs Oklahoma 863,000 viewers on ESPN

Saturday June 3 

UCLA vs Texas AM 693,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor vs Oregon 767,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA 953,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs LSU  950,000 viewers on ESPN

Sunday June 4 

Washington vs Florida 949,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs Oklahoma 1,231,000 viewers on ESPN

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series. They also discussed the controversy with the umpiring at Oklahoma City and also talk with Sooner fan “Sooner Sean” about legacy of Patty Gasso and Oklahoma program

In The Circle Women’s College World Series recap Oklahoma Back 2 Back

NCAA Softball Super Regional TV numbers 

Sunday May 28

LSU at Florida State  Game 3 686,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 3  699,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor at Arizona Game 3  694,000 viewers on ESPN2 

Utah at Washington Game 3  564,000 viewers on ESPN2

Saturday May 27

Kentucky at Oregon Game 2- 805,000 viewers on ESPN
Baylor at Arizona Game 2    764,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 3- 745,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn Game 1 695,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU at Florida State  Game 2 – 662,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 2- 348,000 viewers on ESPN2

Utah at Washington Game 2 – 308,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday May 26

Ole Miss at UCLA  Game 2 – 571,000 Viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida 547,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn 413,000 viewers on ESPN2

Thursday May 25  

Ole Miss at UCLA Game 1- 519,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 1- 552,000 viewers on ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s College World Series Preview

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson talk to Oklahoma Sooners Softball radio voice Chris Plank about the Sooners path getting back to the Women’s College World Series.

Among the topics Plank discussed included

  •  Sooners getting back to Oklahoma City
  •  Up and Downs of 2017
  • Strength of Big 12
  • Oklahoma not being a Top 8 seed.

Also in Podcast Eric and Victor recap the Super Regional as well as give outlook of the Women’s College World Series as well as quick thoughts on D2 and D3 Championships.

In The Circle with Chris Plank 

 

 

Ruben Felix on Ole Miss Winning SEC Tournament

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Ruben Felix been at Ole Miss since 2015

On This edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson talk to Ole Miss Asst Coach Ruben Felix about the Rebels winning the SEC Tournament.

Among the topics Felix discussed include

  • The week in Knoxville as the Rebels made run to SEC Tournament
  • Hosting for first time in program history
  • Outlook of Oxford Regional
  • How Staff has turn Ole Miss Softball program to a winner
  • Experience of Ole Miss being in regional last year at Oklahoma
  • Keys to being success in postseason
  • Success of SEC getting 8 host sites and all 13 teams in the field

In The Circle with Ruben Felix Episode 94 

NCAA OXFORD REGIONAL SCHEDULE  Eastern Time Zone
Friday, May 19
Game 1: North Carolina vs. No. 22 Arizona State – 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 2: Southern Illinois vs. No. 13 Ole Miss – 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 20
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 2:30 p.m. (TBD)
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 5 p.m. (TBD)
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 – 7:30 p.m. (TBD)

Sunday, May 21
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 2:30 p.m. (TBD)
Game 7 (if necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 – 5 p.m. (TBD)

Junior RHP Kaitlin Lee threw every pitch in the SEC Tournament earning MVP honors, and is only three wins off tying the single-season record. She’s thrown nine-straight CGs, and allowed no more than two earned runs each in her last nine starts (64.2 IP).

Oxford Regional Teams
Southern Illinois
Led by 18-year head coach Kerri Blaylock, the Salukis of Southern Illinois head into the postseason at 33-22 overall. They earned the automatic bid from the Missouri Valley Conference after topping No. 1 seed Northern Iowa in the MVC Tournament Championship game last Saturday. The Salukis have played well down the stretch going 9-1 in the last 10 games, and finished the MVC regular season with a 17-8 record. SIU did face both Mississippi State and Kentucky earlier this season, dropping all three contests.

Arizona State
Led by first year head coach Trisha Ford, the Sun Devils of Arizona State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament from the Pac-12 conference. ASU, ranked No. 22 in both polls and the updated RPI, is 30-20 on the year with a 9-15 mark in conference action.

North Carolina
Led by 32-year head coach Donna Papa, the Tar Heels head into the postseason with a 38-19 overall record after going 14-9 in the ACC, earning an at-large big. No. 34 in the latest RPI, UNC finished 3-7 in its final 10 outings, falling to No. 1 Florida State in the ACC Championship game last Saturday.

Brittany Pickett is the ace for the Tar Heels with a 21-8 record and 2.63 ERA, with 207.2 innings pitched and 47 appearances. Behind her, Lynch is 11-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 24 appearances, while three other pitchers have combined for the remaining six wins, led by three from Sydney Matzko, and three from Hannah Nommensen.

Patrick Wright Talks Growth of LSU Softball

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talks to the radio voice of LSU Softball Patrick Wright. Wright has been calling LSU Softball since 1997 talks about the upcoming Baton Rouge Regional where LSU as a National 13 seed will host Louisiana Lafayette, McNeese State, and Fairfield.

Wright discusses the regional but also discusses the growth of LSU Softball as well as SEC Softball since he started calling games in 1997.  Wright also discussed.

  • How Patrick Wright got into calling LSU Softball
  • The Louisiana Lafayette-LSU Rivalry
  •  Patrick Wright favorite moments during his time at LSU Softball
  • How has SEC grown over the years
  • Evolution of calling Softball from 90s to present
  • Working with both Beth Torina and Yvette Girouard.

In The Circle with Patrick Wright Episode 93

Patrick Wright also is the voice of LSU Women Basketball to go along with Softball.  You can listen to Wright call the Tigers games on Talk 107.3 FM locally in Baton Rouge, with free audio of the game at  LSUSports.Net .

For all of the latest news and information on Tiger softball, visit www.lsusports.net/softball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball along with @lsusoftball.

You can listen to Interview with Beth Torina that took place before the season started as Torina previewed the Tigers season.

 

Gators Host Old Friend In Regional

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Kenny Gajewski was an asst for Tim Walton from 2013-2015 and won two national championships together.  (Photo Courtesy of V-Flex )

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talks to long time voice of Florida Gators Softball Adam Schick. Schick previews the Gators upcoming 2017 Gainesville Regional  which will see Florida see a familiar face in Oklahoma State Head Coach Kenny Gajewski who was an asst at Florida from 2013-2015 being part of the back to back National Titles in 2014 and 2015.  Should  Florida be concern in facing someone that knows them as well as Gajewski does?  Adam Schick breaks down the regional and also reviews the Gators 2017 season and key to success in Postseason for the Gators.

In The Circle with Adam Schick Episode 92

Also on this edition Schick reflects on his run as the voice of Florida Softball since being part of the broadcast in 2008.  Schick discusses.

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Adam Schick been part of Gators Broadcast since 2008
  • How the SEC and Softball have grown since he started in 2008
  • How Adam got into Softball
  •  Favorite moments of his career
  •  Impact of SEC Network.

Schick recently was hired as the new voice of Atlanta United in Major League Soccer which marks return home for Adam who is from Atlanta.

Schick also was voice of Gators Women Soccer and Women Basketball as well host podcast host of GatorTales.

Adam Schick Bio

Atlanta United FC (2017-present)
-Radio play-by-play broadcaster for Atlanta United FC on Sports Radio 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.

Gator IMG Sports Network (2007-present)
– Radio play-by-play voice of Florida Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Soccer.
-Host and producer of player features on football pregame show and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster for baseball.

SEC Network (2009-present)
-Play-by-play broadcaster for SEC Network+ Baseball, Soccer, Softball, Gymnastics & Basketball broadcasts.
-Provided play-by-play coverage of the 2013, 2014 & 2016 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Sirius/XM.
-Selected as play-by-play voice for the SEC Digital Network’s streaming coverage of the 2009 SEC Soccer Tournament.

Gator Tales Podcast (2015-present)
-Created and developed the official podcast for the Florida Gators.
-Writes, edits, hosts, produces, conducts interviews, and manages social media account for the podcast on a weekly basis.

Gridiron Now (2016-present)
-Writes feature stories and opinion pieces on the Florida Gators for the SEC-focused GridironNow.com.

GatorVision (2009-present)
-Serves as a reporter for GatorVision web content and GatorZone TV show.
-Conducts interviews and writes feature broadcast stories for “Gator Men’s Basketball” TV show.
-Hosted “Florida Women’s Basketball” and “GatorZone” TV shows that aired on the Fox Sports family of networks.

Orlando City SC (2015-2016)
-Radio play-by-play broadcaster for Orlando City SC on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando.
-Hosted radio pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.
-Fill-in host for TV pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

ESPN Gainesville (2006-2010, 2011-2016)

-Co-hosted & managed social media accounts for “The Tailgate,” a daily sports talk show on ESPN Radio in Gainesville.
-Delivered daily sports updates and covered various Gator teams for the station as a student.

 

Minnesota Not Hosting Is a Black Eye for Softball

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Jessica Allister led Minnesota to Big Ten Regular season and Conference Tournament Championships and highest ranking in program history in 2017

No matter how you look at it. Sunday May 14th was black eye for the sport of Softball.  In what is supposed to be an exciting time for sport with NCAA Tournanent teams being announced instead was a dark day for the sport with lots of anger and  more questions then answers.

Despite being ranked No 1 in the NFCA Coaches Poll on May 16th. The Gophers will not be hosting a regional this week.  Many people have expressed outraged to the point where the NCAA came out with a statement Monday night addressing Minnesota not hosting.

“The NCAA DI Softball Committee spoke at length over a three-day span about the University of Minnesota’s softball team, noting that many factors were considered regarding team seeding and that the final decision was difficult. As a part of the selection criteria, the committee reviews each team’s body of work individually when selecting the field of 64 teams for the softball tournament.  When selecting the top 16 seeds the committee emphasizes a team’s performance against Top 25 teams along with other variables including strength of schedule.  Additionally, two regular-season rankings were released, however, the rankings are not used by the committee when determining the seeds and final bracket that was released yesterday.

When the committee compared Minnesota against other teams being considered for the top 16 seeds, Minnesota did not have as many regular-season Top 10 and Top 25 wins as compared to other teams. The teams that were selected as the 16 seeds had at least one or more Top 10 wins and between four to 18 Top 25 wins. Minnesota did not have any Top 10 wins and only two Top 25 wins.

Furthermore, Minnesota’s strength of schedule was 114. The top seeded teams had strength of schedules ranging from 1 to 36.

Again, this was a very difficult decision and should not take away from the season that Minnesota has had thus far. We are excited about the parity in Division I Softball and look forward to a great tournament. ” 

Now there some questions as a result from the statement.

“Additionally, two regular-season rankings were released, however, the rankings are not used by the committee when determining the seeds and final bracket that was released yesterday”

My Reaction :  What was purpose of two regular -season rankings that were released if the commitee does not use it? Plus this statement contradicts what we were told back in April.  Below is an excerpt.

  “For the second straight year, the sport committee will reveal the rankings ahead of Selection Sunday. The early reveals will give a first glance at potential teams competing for top seed positions in the upcoming 2017 DI Softball Championship tournament.”

If i don’t reflect what you will do on Selection Sunday then what is the point of it?

Another issue that  is not issued in the NCAA Statement Monday night is how does Minnesota who was ranked 7th on the May 6th release drop 10 spots to 17 in 8 days considering the Gophers won Big Ten Tournament adding two wins against top 35 teams in llinois and Ohio State who both made the NCAA Tournament.

Now the statement attacks Minnesota not having enough Top 10, Top 25 wins compared to the teams that are hosting and having weaker schedule then the 16 hosts site.

No one will debate the SEC and Pac 12 are by far better than the Big 10.  SEC ranked No 1 in RPI with 13 teams in NCAA Tournament, Pac 12 is 2nd in Conference RPI with 8 teams making the field. The Big Ten is 8th but still was able to get five teams into the field of 64.

However Minnesota cannot control how good the Big 10 is. They have to play Big 10 schedule that is scheduled for them which included the Conference not scheduling Michgan-Minnesota as a result of Inbalance schedule. So Minnesota loses 3 quality games to no fault of theres.

SEC Teams and Pac 12 teams will always have more opportunities for quality wins then Big 10 teams due to Geography. Easier to play quality teams in South then in the Midwest especially with weather and budgets for traveling.

Just because you dont play in the top conference of the sport does not mean you can’t be one of the best teams in the country.  Villanova won National Title in 2016 in College Basketball playing in the Big East Conference which was not close to the ACC, or Big 12 in Conference RPI.

2 years ago Michigan played for National Championship and was one win away from winning the title in Softball and got to host regional and super regional with the Big 10 being 6th best RPI conference.

So that is a flaw way to determine who are the best teams in a sport and who should host.  One thing that is a good way to determine if a team tried to play a tough schedule is look at what they did out of conference. Minnesota spent the first two months of the season on the road and did not play a home game until April 4. The Gophers only played 16 games at home out of 57. Were 20-3 in true road games  which is more then any of the team that is hosting.

Here is breakdown of Minnesota versus host teams In Non Conference quality wins thru May 7th going into the final week before Selection Sunday.

 

Team             Wins vs Top 25 Non Conf,  Wins vs Top 50 Non Conf,   Schedule Strength

Florida               4-1                                                 6-1                                       26

Oregon               5-0                                                9-0                                        45

Auburn                3-2                                              9-2                                         75

UCLA                   7-5                                              12-5                                        3

Arizona               3-1                                               8-1                                         30

Washington        6-2                                             10-3                                           7

Florida State      4-6-1                                           8-6-1                                         2

Texas AM             4-1                                            10-1                                         37

Tennessee            1-1                                             4-2                                          112

Baylor                   5-1                                             10-4                                        4

Oklahoma            3-4                                              6-5                                         28

Minnesota             2-2                                             8-2                                         81

Alabama                1-4                                             2-4                                          32

LSU                          0-3                                            4-4                                          31

Utah                        2-1                                            2-3                                           67

Kentucky                2-2                                           2-2                                          52

Ole Miss                  0-1                                            1-3                                        149

Minnesota has more top 25 wins outside of the conference than Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.  Has more Top 50 wins outside of conference then Alabama, Utah, Kentucky and Ole Miss combine.

Keep in mind that all Minnesota wins happen away from home.  The Gophers non conference Schedule ranking was better than Tennessee, Ole Miss and right there with Auburn and Utah.

Sara Groenewegen (Courtesy of GophersSports.com)
Sara Groenewegen Photo Courtesy of GophersSports.com

The Gophers did what they could do outside of the conference. You can’t predict how your opponent’s end up doing after you play them.

But these numbers shows that Minnesota is right there with the host teams when it comes to quality games and quality wins. The big difference is the other hosts get more opportunities than Minnesota because of the conferences they play.

Plus Minnesota has better RIP (11) from Monday May 14th then then Oklahoma (12), LSU (14), Alabama(15), Kentucky (17), Ole Miss (18), and Utah (19).

Yet the Gophers were seeded lower while Kentucky, Ole Miss and Utah were seeded higher than the RPI.

One has to wonder if the committee panicked when Ole Miss won the SEC Tournament and had to take a host team out to put in Ole Miss in that spot?

That still does not justify Minnesota not hosting. If you had to flip Ole Miss in and take someone out. Utah, Baylor and Kentucky would be candidates to take out in favor of Ole Miss. Not Minnesota.

No matter what statements come out and any defense is used. It will not hold water and it will not change the fact that the sport integrity has been hurt and the NCAA Tournament has been compromised.

Here hoping for the sport sake in the future that we learn from this and that people take the time to do research or more importantly take the time to watch these teams play because anyone that has watched Minnesota play on TV or in person and have knowledge of sport would agree that Minnesota is one of the best 16 teams in the country.  Too Bad the committee didnt take the time catch a Gophers game.

Check out our podcast as we go in depth on what happened to Minnesota and why and field of 64.

In The Circle Podcast  Breakdown of Field of 64 

 

Who’s Going No 1?

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson break down the 2017 NPF Draft with Justin’s World’s Justin McLeod including:

  • Who likely to go Number 1 in the Draft?
  • What is strength of the Draft?
  • Effects of USA Softball ties with players in the draft?
  • Who are sleepers of the draft?

In The Circle  NPF Draft Preview Episode 86

You can follow the NPF Draft on Monday April 24th right here.

Below is the list of all the Number one picks in the NPF Draft’s History.

 

Sydney Gerbracht Talks Going From Playing to Broadcasting

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On this edition of In The Circle, Former Houston Cougars Softball player Sydney Gerbracht talks about going from playing softball at Houston to now broadcasting games at Houston as well as her broadcasting aspirations and more including

  • How Sydney ended up at HoustonSydney_2
  • Favorite moments from her playing career
  • How Sydney got into broadcasting
  • What does Sydney hope to end up in Broadcasting

In The Circle with Sydney Gerbracht Episode 85 

Gerbracht free lances as a broadcaster including for the American Digital Network which Gerbracht will be on once again on May 5th for UCF at Tulsa. Below is her most recent broadcast on the American Digital Network between Houston and UConn.

Gerbracht played at Houston redshirting in 2011 being with the Cougars 2011 teamSydney_3 that won the Conference USA Regular season championship  and made it to the Super Regionals within one game of the Women’s College World Series  losing in three games at Oklahoma State. Gerbracht played for the Cougars from 2012-2015 making the NCAA Tournament from 2012-2014.

Gerbracht playing career ended at the American Conference Tournament Semi-Finals in 2015 in Orlando losing to Tulsa. Gerbracht joined the Cougars softball broadcast in 2016 and is currently in her second season as the Cougars color analyst and also done some play by play on occasion.

Scott Hall Talks Unique Career at Marshall

 

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Scott Hall is in his 14th season with Marshall Softball (Photo Courtesy of Scott Hall)

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to Scott Hall who recently celebrated his 750th game at Marshall. Hall who is currently the Marshall SID discusses his many hats that he has warn in his 14 seasons with Marshall including play by play broadcaster, student manager, graduate manager, volunteer coach, and director of ops with the softball program.

Among the topics Hall discusses in the podcast includes

  • How Scott Hall got involved with Marshall Softball?
  • What drew Hall to the sport of Softball?
  •  Memorable broadcasts of his career
  • Memorable Marshall games
  • Best Non Marshall Softball player Hall has ever seen in person?
  • How Marshall program changed from when Hall started to present?
  • Covering some of greatest Marshall players ever
  • Influence Marshall Head Coach Shonda Stanton had on his career.
  • Being part of Marshall first ever Conference Tournament Championship in 2013 in Tulsa and first NCAA Tournament Appearance.
  • Covering Amanda Williams as a player and coach

 Scott Hall Interview Episode 84

Rachele Fico talks Balancing Coaching and Playing Career

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Rachele Fico in her 2nd season as Asst Coach at Georgia. Photo Courtesy of Georgia Athletics.

On this edtion of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez talks to Rachele Fico about coaching in college softball as Fico in her 2nd season as Asst Coach at Georgia. Fico compares coaching to playing softball.  Fico also discusses the following.

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Fico was honored in 2015 with Banner at Tiger Park. (Photo by Nick Torina)
  • Who inspired Fico during her softball career?
  • Balancing Coaching with playing in the NPF
  • Advice Fico would give softball players who wants to coach and play
  • What it was like to return to LSU as an opponent in 2015 as Asst coach at South Alabama and get honored before the game?
  • What is it like to coach at Georgia and in the SEC?
  • What is Fico’s Coaching philosophy in coaching pitchers?
  • Reflecting on LSU Career
  • What it was like to return to LSU as an opponent?
  • Playing for Akron Racers
  • Comparing making WCWS as a Player at LSU to making WCWS as an Asst coach at Georgia

   Interview with Rachele Fico Episode 83

Fico was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American at LSU as well as a three-time NFCA All-South Region First-Team member and three-time all-Southeastern Conference honoree. 
During her freshman season with the Tigers in 2010, Fico was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. Fico led LSU to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. Fico ended her Tigers career among LSU’s top five in appearances (149), starts (104), complete games (82), innings pitched (774.0), wins (78), saves (8), opposing batting average (0.195), shutouts (32), strikeouts (797) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.21).

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Rachele Fico plays for Akron Racers in the NPF. Photo Courtesy of NPF.

Fico was the the No. 1 draft pick in the  2013 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers where she has played her entire career highlighted by being An All-NPF Team selection in 2014.

While Fico has been playing in the NPF, Fico began her college coaching career  serving as an assistant coach at South Alabama during the 2015 season. Fico helped the Jaguars take the Sun Belt Conference crown and advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Regional Tournament. Under Fico’s guidance, the USA pitching staff held a 2.51 ERA that was top 30 in the NCAA.

Fico went from South Alabama to Georgia for the 2016 season where in her first year with the Bulldogs, Fico helped the pitching staff to a 2.27 ERA, as the team collected 46 wins. Fico got to work with  Chelsea Wilkinson, who led the SEC with 28 victories and a NFCA All-Region selection. The Bulldogs would advance to the program’s third Women’s College World Series appearance which included knocking off defending National Champions Florida in the Super Regionals in Gainesville.

Here is my Interview with Rachele Fico during her rookie year in the NPF in 2013 as she played with former LSU Teammate Brittany Mack at Akron.