College Sports Archive

  • Hays: Gators, Tide share more than SEC

    The SEC softball opponents who will play for the national title have rediscovered their identities. Alabama has climbed its way back after winning the championship in 2012, and Florida has successfully changed its culture after imploding that same season.

    Jun 1 11:42 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Crazy comeback sends Baylor to semis

    Baylor completed a comeback for the ages when it trailed Kentucky 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, eventually winning in the bottom of the eighth to earn a spot in Sunday's WCWS semifinals against Florida.

    Jun 1 10:00 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Baylor rally stuns Kentucky at WCWS

    Kaitlyn Thumann doubled and scored on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning as Baylor rallied from a seven-run deficit to stun Kentucky 8-7 on Saturday night in an elimination game in the Women's College World Series.

    Jun 1 9:03 AM ET

  • Hays: Fans flock to softball's signature event

    Attendance for the entire tournament in 1981 -- the first year the NCAA sanctioned a championship -- was 17,740, less than were expected to attend Saturday's two sessions at Hall of Fame Stadium.

    May 31 9:58 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Bases-loaded double play saves Alabama

    In the sixth inning Alabama pitcher Jackie Traina was contemplating a no-hitter. In the seventh she was thinking more about how to get out of a bases-loaded jam.

    May 31 3:37 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: SEC's Florida, Alabama semi-tough

    Sunday's semifinals will feature a pair of SEC teams just one win away from the championship series after No. 5 Florida upset No. 1 Oregon 4-0 and No. 2 Alabama beat No. 14 Kentucky 2-0.

    May 31 12:32 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Jennie Finch returns to first love

    Jennie Finch took it easy with her triathlon training as she enjoyed the scene at the Women's College World Series, tornado scare aside.

    May 30 3:54 PM ET | By Jennie Finch

  • Hays: Florida's Hannah Rogers just delivers

    Stoic Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers learned to humble herself and trust her stuff. That's a good thing, as evidenced by her three-hit shutout Thursday against Baylor for her 124th career win -- the most out of active players.

    May 30 12:48 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Kentucky's Lauren Cumbess executes

    Kentucky's Lauren Cumbess religiously watched softball on television as a kid. Now she's inspiring the next generation at the plate in the Women's College World Series.

    May 30 12:46 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Alabama's Fichtner dreams big at WCWS

    When Molly Fichtner transferred, Alabama got the catcher it needed and much more. Don't let her size fool you, she plays a big role for the Crimson Tide as a power hitter and sets an example of living, and thriving, with Type 1 diabetes.

    May 28 1:36 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Sizing up the Women's College World Series field

    No. 1 Oregon checks off every box on the championship shopping list, but who could be the toughest test? Graham Hays breaks down the eight Women's College World Series contenders.

    May 27 2:18 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Baylor's gamble pays off

    Hays: Baylor's gamble pays off

    Graham Hays recaps Saturday's super regionals, including Baylor's decision to take the bat out of Georgia slugger Alex Hugo's hands, and how it paid off with a trip to the Women's College World Series.

    May 26 6:19 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Maryland edges Cuse for women's lax title

    Maryland captured its 11th NCAA women's lacrosse championship Sunday night, getting five goals from Beth Glaros in a 15-12 victory over Syracuse.

    May 26 3:50 AM ET

  • Hays: WCWS five burning questions

    Hays: WCWS five burning questions

    Graham Hays answers five burning questions heading into the Women's College World Series, including how the Kentucky Wildcats found their way to Oklahoma City.

    May 26 3:07 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Sooners find their way home

    Hays: Sooners find their way home

    Last season was the storybook season for the Oklahoma Sooners. That they are in the Women's College World Series this season has everything to do with Lauren Chamberlain, both by her presence and her absence.

    May 26 2:15 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: What we learned from the super regionals

    Hays: What we learned from super regionals

    Graham Hays knows this from Friday's super regional play: Florida State was able to put Thursday's 17-3 drubbing by Michigan behind it, coming back to win two games and advance to the Women's College World Series.

    May 24 12:10 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Cuse cruises into women's lacrosse title game

    Alyssa Murray scored six goals and Kayla Treanor had four goals, leading Syracuse past Virginia 16-8 on Friday night in the semifinals of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament.

    May 23 11:50 PM ET

  • Top-seeded Terps reach women's lacrosse final

    Kelly McPartland scored three goals, and top-seeded Maryland defeated Northwestern 9-6 on Friday night in the semifinals of the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament.

    May 23 11:45 PM ET

  • Hays: Five things to know from the super regionals

    Hays: Five things to know from super regionals

    Graham Hays has five things to know from Thursday's super regionals. The first thing? Unseeded Michigan scored an unprecedented 17 runs in its win against No. 8 Florida State.

    May 23 2:42 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach fighting the good fight

    Former lawyer Michael Lotief never backs down from arguing his case as head softball coach of Louisiana-Lafayette, a spirit that permeates the Ragin' Cajuns.

    May 21 3:54 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Five burning questions for super regionals

    Hays: Five burning questions for super regionals

    Hailey Decker's four home runs, eight RBIs and five runs scored in two games led Nebraska past Missouri and into the super regionals, just one of the highlights of Sunday's softball regional finals.

    May 19 9:23 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: No walk in the park, but N.C. State wins

    Hays: No walk in the park, but NC State wins

    NC State pitcher Emily Weiman was decidedly imperfect, walking an NCAA tournament record 11 batters, but the Wolfpack have a perfect record after beating No. 4 seed Georgia to advance to Sunday's regional final.

    May 18 9:13 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: A-Sun shines on tourney's Day 1

    Hays: A-Sun shines on tourney's Day 1

    The rise of the Atlantic Sun highlights Graham Hays' five things we learned from Day 1 of the NCAA softball tournament.

    May 17 9:56 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: FSU's Maddie O'Brien influenced by idols

    FSU softball shortstop Maddie O'Brien grew up idolizing Mickey Mantle. And like Mantle, she also suffered a freak injury early on in her career. But it was the tragic death of a 17-year-old fan that really put things into perspective for the slugger.

    May 15 2:33 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: The seeds, sleepers and stars to watch in NCAA softball regionals

    A battle of past champions is set to take place in Tempe. Will Arizona State or Michigan prevail? Graham Hays answers ponders that question and more in his NCAA softball regional capsules.

    May 14 5:56 PM ET | By Graham Hays