College Sports Archive

  • Rankings: Tennessee's Madison Shipman best of the best

    Hays: Tennessee's Shipman best of the best

    As Oregon continues at No. 1, our choice for player of the year is Tennessee shortstop Madison Shipman, who combined terrific defense and prolific offense to dominate in the nation's deepest conference.

    May 7 6:17 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: NCAA softball teams at mercy of RPI

    With the ever-important RPI in mind, here are our predictions for what Sunday's unveiling of the NCAA softball tournament field and national seeds might bring.

    May 6 1:06 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Stevens, Ellis recharge Sooners' battery

    Pitcher Kelsey Stevens, a Stanford transfer, and catcher Whitney Ellis have thrived amid the pressure of replacing the stars who led Oklahoma to the national title last year.

    May 1 2:37 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: Alabama's Jaclyn Traina finishing fiercely

    Hays: Alabama ace Jaclyn Traina finishing fiercely

    After a national title in 2012 and a draining 2013, Alabama ace Jaclyn Traina is seizing her final collegiate season with ferocity and a new love for the game.

    Apr 30 5:00 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Power Rankings: No. 1 Oregon the team to beat

    Power Rankings: Wide world awaits Oregon's Alexa Peterson

    Alexa Peterson of No. 1 Oregon could be playing professionally, coaching in college and pursuing a master's degree in the next couple of years, but for now all roads run through Eugene.

    Apr 30 3:20 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Six years later, sportsmanship wins again

    Hays: Six years later, integrity wins again

    Six years to the day after a similar scene unfolded, college softball players put the game aside to carry an injured opposing player around the bases after a game-winning home run.

    Apr 28 4:01 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Mizzou's leading base stealer can't outrun mother's leukemia

    Hays: Mizzou's leading base stealer can't outrun mother's leukemia

    Missouri's speedy Taylor Gadbois carries the softball lessons and life lessons her ailing mother taught her with every stolen base.

    Apr 24 4:00 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Power Rankings: Tulsa duo excels near and far

    Power Rankings: Tulsa duo excels near and far

    International competitions might await Tulsa's Aimee Creger and Jill Barrett this year, but first they're after a prize that's only 100 miles down the road -- an NCAA championship.

    Apr 23 3:36 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: Sierra Romero's bat has bite for Michigan

    Hays: Sierra Romero's bat has bite for Michigan

    Michigan's Sierra Romero may be only 5-foot-5, but she hits the ball as hard as anyone -- on those rare occasions when pitchers actually throw her strikes.

    Apr 22 4:14 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: A whole new ballgame for Stanford's Bessie Noll

    Stanford freshman Bessie Noll took an unusual path to Division I softball. After years of playing little league baseball in Japan, she came to America seeking greater opportunity and the camaraderie that sprouts from playing with 18 other women.

    Apr 17 3:38 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: Perseverance pays off for Kentucky's Emily Gaines

    Hays: Perseverance pays off for Kentucky's Emily Gaines

    Kentucky senior Emily Gaines has emerged as a key player this season. It just took some time for the former state high school star to reach her current role as the Wildcats' best hitter.

    Apr 17 12:45 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Power rankings: Florida State holds winning hand

    Hays: FSU holds winning hand with ace Lacey Waldrop

    Lacey Waldrop can't keep a poker face. The Florida State ace finds it hard not to smile as she leads the nation in wins to help the Seminoles retain their spot in the espnW power rankings.

    Apr 16 2:57 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: North Texas' Brooke Foster plays for son

    It's more than a game for North Texas shortstop Brooke Foster: She plays softball so she can earn a degree and support her 4-year-old son, Layton.

    Apr 10 9:41 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Oregon's turn at No. 1 in softball power rankings

    In a wide-open season, Oregon rode its deep lineup to a series win over previous No. 1 UCLA and became the latest team to grab the top spot in the espnW power rankings.

    Apr 9 3:14 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: Alabama's Ryan Iamurri fights her way back

    Hays: Alabama's Iamurri fights her way back

    Pinch hitting just three weeks after a severe knee injury, Alabama's Ryan Iamurri showed again that she's willing to do anything for her team.

    Apr 8 4:21 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Emmert: Unionization 'grossly inappropriate'

    The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting schools have been working to get athletes more involved in decisions that impact them.

    Apr 6 3:13 PM ET | By Dana O'Neil

  • Game Changer

    Isaacson: Shannon Szabados a hit in SPHL

    Shannon Szabados broke American hearts in Sochi, but she's proving to be a hit with U.S. fans and teammates as the first woman in the SPHL.

    Apr 3 1:24 PM ET | By Melissa Isaacson

  • Softball power rankings: Top teams holding steady

    Hays: Power rankings steady, but not predictable

    Our power rankings may be holding mostly steady with UCLA and Michigan at the top, but that doesn't mean we have all the answers to how this season will play out by any means.

    Apr 2 3:48 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • NCAA softball notebook: South Alabama's local heroes

    Hays: South Alabama's local heroes

    Pitchers Farish Beard and Hannah Campbell stayed close to home to help South Alabama build its program, and now the Jaguars win no matter where they go.

    Apr 1 11:52 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Softball notebook: It's now or never for Temple

    Hays: Now or never for Temple

    In their final season before the program is eliminated, the Temple Owls are off to an injury-riddled 7-14 start. But with their home opener finally here, the Owls still have time to make a last stand.

    Mar 25 1:55 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Arizona senior pitcher Kenzie Fowler won't give in

    Hays: Arizona pitcher Kenzie Fowler won't give in

    Kenzie Fowler was the next big thing at Arizona as a freshman five years ago, but after back and concussion woes derailed her career, she's just happy to be pitching again.

    Mar 20 10:26 AM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Irish hire Romagnolo as women's soccer coach

    Notre Dame has hired Dartmouth's women's soccer coach Theresa Romagnolo (roh-muh-NELL-oh) to replace Randy Waldrum, who left to become coach of the expansion Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League.

    Mar 19 5:25 PM ET

  • Notebook: Arkansas' Devon Wallace is mighty good

    Hays: Arkansas' Wallace is mighty good

    On an Arkansas team that emphasizes patience and power, Devon Wallace has combined the two to become a slugger for the modern age.

    Mar 18 2:13 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: Hofstra pitcher Morgan Lashley long on talent

    Hays: Hofstra's Lashley long on talent

    Hofstra coach Bill Edwards always seems to come up with top-notch pitching, and 5-foot-3 Army transfer Morgan Lashley is proving to be another big find.

    Mar 4 2:48 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Notebook: UCLA's Stephany LaRosa catching on quickly

    Hays: UCLA's LaRosa catching on quickly

    When UCLA needed a catcher last fall, all-conference shortstop Stephany LaRosa went behind the plate for the first time in her life, but she already looks like a natural for the undefeated Bruins.

    Feb 25 3:31 PM ET | By Graham Hays