LSU Softball has proven to been very good to ESPN as the Tigers has become the TV draw in College Softball.
Saturday Night’s ESPN National telecast of LSU hosting Missouri was the most watched Softball game of the regular season and most watched regular season Softball telecast in multiple years as the Tigers loss to Missouri garnered 534,000 viewers. It is the most watched non NCAA Tournament Softball game since 2015 SEC Championship Game when Auburn and Tennessee garnered 887,000 viewers.
It continues the trend that if LSU is involved, Softball fans are tuning in. LSU has been involved in the most watched Softball telecasts for the last few years.
In 2016, LSU was involved in three of the top five most watched non NCAA Tournament Softball telecasts including the most watched broadcast being the 2016 SEC Tournament game against Auburn.
Last year, LSU Super Regional Game two at James Madison in an early afternoon game was the second most watched Super Regional game behind only Game one between Auburn and Arizona.
In 2015, LSU Regional win over Arizona State was the most watched regional game that year and LSU lost to Michigan in Semi-Final of the Women’s College World Series was the fourth most watched WCWS game ever.
|1.||2007 Championship Finals – Game 3||Tennessee vs. Arizona||2,326,000|
|2.||2015 Championship Finals – Game 3||Michigan vs. Florida||2,273,000|
|3.||2005 Championship Finals – Game 3||Michigan vs. UCLA||2,240,000|
|4.||2015 Game 12||LSU vs. Michigan||1,950,000|
|5.||2007 Championship Finals – Game 2||Arizona vs. Tennessee||1,919,000|
|6.||2015 Championship Finals – Game 2||Florida vs. Michigan||1,865,000|
|7.||2003 Championship||California vs. UCLA||1,852,000|
|8.||2009 Championship Finals – Game 2||Florida vs. Washington||1,788,000|
|9.||2015 Game 9||UCLA vs. Auburn||1,612,000|
|10.||2004 Championship||California vs. UCLA||1,593,000|
Some if it is good games against good opponent as well as success LSU has had over the last few years. But there no denying that the numbers show that LSU Softball is very popular nationally and its not an accident ESPN puts them in these marquee TV slots. They have the numbers and they see the trends.
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?
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.
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 Houston
- Favorite moments from her playing career
- How Sydney got into broadcasting
- What does Sydney hope to end up in Broadcasting
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 team 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.
Once again College Softball defeated College Baseball this past weekend for most viewers. ESPN2s broadcast of Oregon vs UCLA on Sunday was the most watched College Softball game of the weekend edging out the LSU-Alabama game that aired right before it on Sunday. Oregon-UCLA had 171,000 viewers compared to 161,000 LSU-Alabama game.
Both Softball games scored higher then ESPN2’s College Baseball telecast on Saturday between South Carolina and Vanderbilt which garnered 146,000 viewers.
On April 1st College Softball and Baseball went directly head to head at same time with April 1 Auburn vs Georgia garnering 250,000 viewers on defeating College Baseball game between Texas AM and LSU on ESPN2 which had 171,000.
|March 11||11:30 a.m.||Missouri at Florida
|1 p.m.||South Carolina at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|3:30 p.m.||Mississippi State at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|6 p.m.||Arkansas at Alabama
|8:30 p.m.|| LSU at Auburn
|March 12||1 p.m.||South Carolina at Tennessee
|3 p.m.||Mississippi State at Texas A&M
|5 p.m.|| LSU at Auburn
|6 p.m.||Missouri at Florida
|March 13||7 p.m.|| Missouri at Florida
|March 17||6 p.m.||Southern at Mississippi Valley State||ESPNU
|March 18||Noon.||Kentucky at Georgia||SEC Network|
|March 19||7 p.m.||Kentucky at Georgia||SEC Network|
|March 20||7 p.m.||Kentucky at Georgia||SEC Network|
|March 22||5 p.m.||McNeese State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|7:30 p.m.||North Carolina at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|March 25||6 p.m.||Ole Miss at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|6 p.m.||Auburn at Florida||ESPN2
|March 26||1 p.m.||Missouri at Texas A&M||ESPNU
|7 p.m.||Auburn at Florida||ESPN2
|March 27||7 p.m.||Auburn at Florida||SEC Network|
|March 29||7 p.m.||Oklahoma State at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|April 1||4 p.m.||Kentucky at Ole Miss||ESPNU
|4 p.m.||Alabama at Missouri||SEC Network|
|6 p.m.||Texas A&M at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Auburn at Georgia||ESPN
|April 2||2 p.m.||Houston at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|4 p.m.||Houston at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Noon||Auburn at Georgia||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Kentucky at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Notre Dame at Louisville||ESPNU
|7 p.m.||Texas A&M at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|April 3||7 p.m.||Texas A&M at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Notre Dame at Louisville||ESPNU
|April 5||7 p.m.||Western Kentucky at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|April 7||5:30 p.m.||Oklahoma at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|April 8||2 p.m.||Oklahoma at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|4 p.m.||Ole Miss at Auburn||ESPNU
|9 p.m.||LSU at Alabama||SEC Network|
|April 9||1 p.m.||Oklahoma at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|3 p.m.||LSU at Alabama||ESPN2
|5:00 p.m.||Oregon at UCLA||ESPNU
|7 p.m.||Georgia at Florida||SEC Network|
|April 10||7 p.m.||Georgia at Florida||SEC Network|
|April 12||7 p.m.||Florida State at Florida||SEC Network|
|April 13||6 p.m.||South Florida at Central Florida||ESPNU|
|April 14||6 p.m.||Texas A&M at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Savannah State at Florida A&M||ESPNU|
|April 15||6 p.m.||Alabama at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|April 16||3 p.m.||Missouri at Auburn||ESPN|
|7 p.m.||Alabama at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|April 17||7 p.m.||Alabama at Tennessee||SEC Network|
|April 19||7 p.m.||Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Texas Southern at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|April 21||5:30 p.m.||Iowa State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|April 22||2 p.m.||Iowa State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|3 p.m.||Baylor at Oklahoma||ESPN2|
|5 p.m.||Oregon at Arizona||ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||Georgia at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|8:30 p.m.||Arkansas at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|April 23||Noon||Iowa State at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Noon||Ole Miss at Florida||SEC Network|
|Noon||Florida State at Louisville||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||Baylor at Oklahoma||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Tennessee at LSU||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Oregon at Arizona||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||Arkansas at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|April 24||7 p.m.||Arkansas at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||Florida State at Louisville||ESPNU|
|April 26||7 p.m.||North Texas at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|April 29||2 p.m.||Longwood at Radford||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||Texas A&M at Kentucky||SEC Network|
|8:p.m.||Missouri at LSU||ESPN2|
|April 30||1 p.m.||Florida at Tennessee||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||Missouri at LSU||ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||Cal State Fullerton||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||No. 9 Alabama at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|May 1||7 p.m.||Alabama at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|May 3||5 p.m.||Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas||Longhorn Network|
|7 p.m.||Southern Miss at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||Oklahoma at Oklahoma State||ESPNU|
|May 5||7 p.m.||Bases Loaded||SEC Network|
|May 6||4 p.m.||Kentucky at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Oklahoma at Oklahoma State||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||LSU at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||Auburn at Alabama||ESPN2|
|9 p.m.||Arizona at UCLA||ESPNU|
|May 7||Noon||LSU at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|1 p.m.||Auburn at Alabama||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Baylor at Texas||LHN|
|4 p.m.||Arizona at UCLA||ESPN2|
|May 10||Noon||SEC Tournament – First Round||SEC Network|
|2:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament – First Round||SEC Network|
|5:00 p.m.||SEC Tournament – First Round||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament – First Round||SEC Network|
|May 11||Noon||SEC Tournament – Second Round||SEC Network|
|2:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament – Second Round||SEC Network|
|5:00 p.m.||SEC Tournament – Second Round||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament – Second Round||SEC Network|
|May 12||3:00 p.m.||SEC Tournament – Semifinal||ESPNU|
|5:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament – Semifinal||ESPNU|
|May 13||Noon||American Softball Championship||ESPN|
|2:00 p.m.||ACC Softball Championship||ESPN|
|8:00 p.m.||SEC Softball Tournament – Championship||ESPN|
*Air time later than game time
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
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.
- 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
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).
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.