Ruben Felix on Ole Miss Winning SEC Tournament

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 

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

Beth Torina

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 Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at 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

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.

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

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.


Beth Torina Gives LSU 2017 Outlook

On this edition of In The Circle,  LSU’s Head Coach Beth Torina discusses the Tigers upcoming 2017 season. Among the topics Torina discussed included

  • Winning with a Pitching Staff instead of one pitcher
  • Having former players she coached go into coaching.
  • Torina thoughts on NCAA Changing Super Regionals schedule to now 1 game each day instead of possible 2 games on day 2?
  • How Softball players changed from when she played to now
  • Winning CUSA Championship Tournament in her hometown of Orlando in 2007 as an asst coach at Houston.
  • What would Torina change if anything in Softball if in charge?
  • On being a role model for future female coaches.
  • Enjoy Coaching more then playing Softball?

In The Circle with Beth Torina

Torina enters her sixth season as Head Coach of the LSU softball program. Torina has a returned the Tigers to national prominence with two 50-win seasons, two 40-win seasons and three trips to the Women’s College World Series in 2012, 2015 and 2016 in  her first five seasons.

LSU advanced to WCWS for 2nd straight season and third time under Torina.(Photo Courtesy of LSU)

Since taking the reins of the program prior to the 2012 season, Torina has now led the Tigers to the pinnacle of the sport more than any other LSU head coach, while becoming the first to lead the team to Oklahoma City in consecutive seasons in program history. She is averaging 45 wins per season in Baton Rouge.

Torina’s Tigers are coming off a 2016 season that saw the Tigers end the season as the third ranked team in the nation, finishing the year with a 52-18 overall record, winning 50 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time for the Tigers since 2006 and 2007. LSU made it to Oklahoma City in dramatic fashion going  on the road to James Madison and  became the 15th team in the super regional era, and fifth team on the road, to drop the first game and go on to win the next two games of the Super Regional to advance to Oklahoma City.

Beth Torina
Beth Torina Being Interviewed by radio voice of LSU Softball Patrick Wright. – Photo by LSUSports.Net
In 2017  LSU once again will be deep in pitching with experience as Carley Hoover, Allie Walljasper, and Sydney Smith. The staff also has newcomer in Freshman Maribeth Gorsuch who part of the strong 2017 LSU Class.
On offense ,The Tigers will be led by  Sahvanna Jaquish, who will be SEC player of the Year candidate for the Tigers. The Tigers will need to fill the shoes left by Bianka Bell who graduated and is now student coach for Torina this season.
One of new newcomers expected to contribute to the offense is freshman infielder Amanda Doyle  who recently was selected as one of 24 athletes to continue training for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team this  upcoming summer.

LSU schedule once again among toughest in the nation facing 16 NCAA Tournament teams from 2016. The Tigers  will host three non-conference tournaments in the first four weeks of the season in February and early March. LSU will play 16 of the first 22 in Tiger Park.5751f24943973-image

The 24-game SEC slate for Torina’s Tigers begins with a familiar foe with a road series at Auburn  as both teams have played eight times over the last three years, including meeting up in the SEC Tournament title game last May.

All four of LSU’s SEC road opponents qualified for NCAA’s, while two in Auburn and Alabama both made it to the WCWS as well. The Crimson Tide will be LSU’s second away SEC series April 7-9 in Tuscaloosa, kicking off a stretch of seven consecutive road games, ending the following weekend with a trip to Oxford to take on Ole Miss.

LSU Conference home series opener will be against the Georgia Bulldogs who LSU elimiated in last year’s Women’s College World Series. The Bulldogs have former LSU pitching great Rachelle Fico who Torina coached from 2012-2013 is in her second season as pitching at Georgia.

Torina coaching career began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stetson University from 2000-02, leaving her mark on the Hatters’ softball program after helping lead the 2001 squad to a share of the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference championship.

Torina then went to Houston and  spent five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Houston from 2003-07. The Cougars claimed the 2007 Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. One of Torina’s most prized recruits, Angel Shamblin, went on to become a three-time C-USA Pitcher of the Year (06-08), an NFCA All-South Region selection and a 2008 NFCA All-American.

Success at Houston led Torina to her first Head Coaching job at Florida International Torina was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year  twice during her run at FIU leading the  Panthers to a 129-111 record in four seasons and directed FIU to the NCAA Tournament Regional Final in 2010.

During her playing career, Torina help guide the Florida Gators to the 1998 Southeastern Conference regular season championship team as the team’s ace pitcher. Torina posted 60 career wins, which currently ranks tied for fourth in the Gators record book.

To follow the Tigers season with latest news. Go to

Look Back at 2016. Look Ahead to 2017


On this edition of In The Circle podcast, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to Justin McLeod of Justin’s World to recap the year in softball and look ahead to the potential storylines in 2017 in both College and NPF softball.

  • Is Oklahoma the team to beat in 2017?
  • Who is the best college softball player going into 2017?
  • Who were some of the best coaching moves in the off-season?
  • The year that was in the NPF and what in store for the league in 2017?
  • Impact of Softball returning into the Olympics.
  • Early look at some of the storylines in the SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, Big 10, American Conference and more.

In The Circle Podcast episode 58 with Justin McLeod.

Check out Justin’s work at Justin’s World.

Also in case you missed the most recent episodes of In The Circle check out below.

Mackenzie Audas on her UCF Career and new career in Photography.

Stephanie Best on her Hall of Fame career at UCF. Her career in the NPF and company.

Tiffany Lane on participating in The World Championships this summer.

2016 NPF Championship Series recap 

You can follow In The Circle on Twitter @InTheCircleSB & on facebook.


Rachel Lawson Talks Kentucky, NPF Softball

Eric Lopez talks with Kentucky Head Coach Rachel Lawson about the Wildcats program as well as her involvement with the NPF’s ScrapYard Dawgs this summer as an asst coach. Among the topics Lawson discussed in the interview include :

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Rachel Lawson is Asst Coach of ScrapYard Dawgs.(Photo by Jade Hewitt, Courtesy of National Pro Fast Pitch)


  • Why Lawson joined the ScrapYard Dawgs?
  • What she learned coaching in NPF?
  • The Difference between NPF and College?
  • How Lawson balances  job at Kentucky with ScrapYard Dawgs?
  • Look back at Kentucky players in the NPF
  • Reflect on Kentucky’s 2016 season
  • Early peak at Kentucky’s 2017 season
  • How Kentucky has competed in the SEC


 Interview with Rachel Lawson

Lawson will be entering her 10th season as Kentucky’s head coach in 2017. Lawson had led the Wildcats  to four NCAA Super Regionals in  the last five seasons, including the program’s  first-ever appearance in the Women’s College World Series back in 2014.

In three of the last four seasons, Lawson has led the Wildcats to a national seed in the NCAA Tournament including a No. 9 seed this season after finishing in second place in the SEC in the Regular season. The Wildcats  hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time ever in 2013. Under Lawson, Kentucky  has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last eight seasons.

NCAA Softball 09-10University of Kentucky UK vs USC Game 3 UK wins 8-0
Rachel Lawson will enter her 10th season at Kentucky in 2017( Photo Courtesy of Kentucky Athletics)

Lawson was named the 2016 SEC Coach of the Year, and joined Kelsey Nunley (SEC Pitcher of the Year) as the first two Kentucky winners of those awards.







Auburn Back to WCWS


Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to the radio voice of Auburn Softball Brit Bowen who joined the guys from Oklahoma City talked about the Auburn Tigers making it back to the Women’s College World Series for the second consecutive season. Last season Auburn made the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history. This season with high expectations the Tigers under Clint Myers in his 3rd season at Auburn return to OKC.

Clint Myers
Clint Myers taking Auburn to 2 WCWS appearances in 3 seasons

Bowen  in his 5th season as the Softball radio voice, recap the Tigers 2016 season as well as gave the keys to the Tigers season and among the topics discussed included :

  • Auburn coming from behind to Beat Arizona in Super Regional
  • How has the Auburn program changed since Clint Myers arrival?
  • Whats the difference between 2015 vs 2016?
  • Thoughts on SEC representing the WCWS with 4 teams
  • Impact Kasey Cooper and Emily Carosone have made to program?

Brit Bowen on the Auburn Tigers in the Women’s College World Series.

  • You can also check out Oklahoma WCWS Preview in Interview with former Sooners Catcher  Jessica Shults who was part of Oklahoma National Championship in 2013 right here.
  • You can also check out Women’s College World Series preview in Interview with ESPN and Big 10 TV Anaylst Jennie Ritter who was part of Michigan National championship in 2005. Ritter breaks down WCWS and discusses Michigan chances. You can listen to Interview right here.
  •  You can listen to In The Circle WCWS Preview Podcast right here.



Super Regional Recap, WCWS Preview


On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson break down the Super Regionals as well as look ahead to the Women’s College World Series. Among the topics the guys discussed included should Oregon’s  Head Coach Mike White brought in Cheridan Hawkins in Game 2 vs UCLA? Also the guys talked about

  • Georgia- Florida Super Regional
  • Lonni Alameda bringing FSU back to WCWS
  • Beth Torina taking LSU to WCWS coming from behind against James Madison
  •  Oklahoma, Michigan, Auburn, UCLA, and Alabama Super Regional wins
  • Who the favorite in Oklahoma City?

In The Circle Podcast : Super Regional Recap and WCWS Preview 

  • You can also listen to our interview with former Michigan All-American and National Champion Jennie Ritter who TV analyst for ESPN and Big Ten Network who broke down Georgia win over Florida, Previewed the WCWS, and talked about the Michigan program.
  • You can also listen to our interview with former Oklahoma Catcher National Champion Jessica Shults about the Sooners making it to the Women’s College World Series and reflecting on being part of 2013 National Championship team.



LSU-Auburn Tops Viewers for Season

The SEC Championship game between LSU and Auburn was the most watched College Softball game of the season to date. The Auburn Tigers win over LSU garnered 587,000 viewers on Saturday on ESPN according to . It beat the Georgia-Alabama game on May 7th which had 505,000 viewers on ESPN.

This year SEC Title game is down from last year’s SEC Title game between Auburn and Tennessee had 887,000 viewers. Keep in mind though that last year’s SEC title game aired on primetime compared to this year’s 5pm eastern start time.

The ACC Championship game between Notre Dame and Florida State that aired before the SEC Championship game on ESPN had 486,000 viewers making it the most watched ACC Softball championship game ever as it was up from last year’s ACC Title game between Florida State and Pittsburgh which had 453,000 viewers. The American Conference Championship game between South Florida and Tulsa which aired on ESPN had 484,000 viewers. It was the first time the American Conference Championship game aired on ESPN and did not go up against a Softball game.

Last year Championship game between Tulsa and UCF aired on ESPN2 went head to head against the ACC Championship game at the same time. In 2014 The American Conference Tournament  was effected by rain so it aired Semi-final game between UCF and Rutgers from Houston on ESPN2 that went up against a regular season Big 12 Softball game.

The Big East Championship game between St John’s and Butler had  tough competition going up against ACC and SEC title games on a lesser network airing on Fox Sports 2. The game garnered 24,000 viewers which did triple last year’s Big East Title game between St John’s and Seton Hall which had 8,000 viewers.

The NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night that aired on ESPNU garnered 109,000 viewers.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU-  74K
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU-44K
March 26 Noon  Florida at  LSU ESPN2-250K
  9 p.m.  Texas at  Baylor ESPN2-164K
April 2 Noon  Alabama at  Florida ESPN2-298k

10:30 p.m.

Tennessee at MissouriUCLA at  Oregon ESPNU-101kESPNU- 99K
April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU- 91k
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU- 67K
April 9 Noon  Texas A&M at  Tennessee ESPNU- 135k
  5:30 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU-89k
  3 p.m.  Kentucky at LSU ESPN – 392k
  7:30 p.m.  Georgia at  Missouri ESPNU-163K
April 10 3 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Baylor ESPN2- 208K
  4 p.m. NC State at  Florida State ESPNU- 73k
April 16 1 p.m.3pm  Tennessee at  GeorgiaTexas at Oklahoma ESPN 2-207kESPN2-219K
 April 17 12 p.m.  Missouri at Kentucky ESPNU- 163k
April 23 2 p.m.430pm  Georgia at  AuburnTexas AM at Missouri ESPNU-75KESPNU-112K
  2 p.m.  Oklahoma at  Tennessee ESPN- 311K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-182k
April 24 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-70K
  5 p.m.  UCLA at  Arizona ESPN2-166k
April 25 7 p.m.  Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU-88K
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU-45k
  10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*-34K
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU-41K
April 30 7 p.m.  LSU at Arkansas ESPNU- 148K
  8 p.m.  Auburn at  Tennessee ESPN2-Rain Out
May 1 3 p.m.  Arizona at  Oregon ESPN2- 183K
  5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU-124k
May 7 Noon  Georgia at  Alabama ESPN- 505k
  1 p.m.  Texas A&M at  Auburn ESPN- 418K

3 p.m.

Arkansas at Florida 

South Carolina at  Missouri



May 13 12pm

3 p.m.

Auburn vs Alabama

LSU vs Tennessee



  5:30 p.m. Auburn vs Florida  ESPNU- 183K
May 14 Noon Tulsa vs South Florida ESPN- 484K
  2 p.m. Notre Dame vs Florida State ESPN- 486K
  5 p.m. LSU vs Auburn ESPN- 587K
May 14 3pm Butler vs St John’s  FS2- 24k

NCAA Softball Tournament Projections V


Here is my Fifth 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections of the season. () is RPI ranking.

Here is In The Circle Podcast where we breakdown the Conference Tournaments, Teams that are in and out and seeding scenarios and more.

In The Circle Podcast : NCAA Tournament Projections, Conference Tournament Previews

ACC (4): Florida State (7), Notre Dame (29),  Louisville (46), North Carolina (35)
American (3): UCF (31), South Florida (20), Tulsa (41)
Big East: DePaul
Big 12 (5):  Oklahoma(4), Baylor (13),  Texas (26), Oklahoma State (34),Kansas (47)
Big Ten (4): Michigan (2), Minnesota (22), Nebraska (32), Ohio State (40)
 Pac-12 (7):  Oregon (9), Washington (6), UCLA (14),  Arizona (21), Utah(25), Oregon State (30), California (37)
 SEC (11): Florida (1),  Alabama (3), Auburn (8), Missouri(10),  Kentucky (16),  Tennessee (11), LSU (15), Georgia (19), Texas A&M(17), South Carolina (24), Ole Miss (27)
 A-10: Fordham
 America East: Albany
 A-Sun: USC Upstate
 Big Sky: Sacramento State
 Big South: Longwood
 Big West (3): Cal State Fullerton (28), Long Beach State (36), CSUN (55)
 CAA:  James Madison (5)
 C-USA: Florida Atlantic (23)
 Horizon: Wright State
Ivy: Dartmouth
 MAAC: Marist
 MAC: Miami (Ohio)
 MEAC: Delaware State
 MVC: Wichita State (50)
 MWC: Fresno State (17)
 NEC: Saint Francis
 OVC: Jacksonville State
 Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Samford (53)
 Southland: McNeese State (33)
 Summit: North Dakota State
 Sun Belt (3): Louisiana-Lafayette (12), Texas State (44), South Alabama (43)
 SWAC: Alabama State
 WAC: New Mexico State
 WCC: BYU (45)
Last 4 In : Kansas, CSUN, Ohio State, Oklahoma State
First 4 Out :  Illinois (48), Virginia Tech (42) , Boston College (52), Arizona State (39),
Projected Host Teams
1- Florida
2- Michigan
4- Oregon
5- Florida State
8- Auburn
9- James Madison
10- Tennessee
11-Louisiana Lafayette
12- Kentucky
13- Missouri
14- LSU
16- UCLA
Teams in Contention to Host
Fresno State, Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota
Conference RPI Rankings Top 12
1- SEC
2- Pac 12
3- Big 12
4- ACC
5- Big Ten
6- Sun Belt
7- American
8- Colonial
9-Big West
11- Mountain West
12- CUSA
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