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  1. espnW -- USA Softball botches Keilani Ricketts' deal

    Graham Hays

    USA Softball has enough problems on its plate without creating more, but that's exactly what it did when trying to force its biggest star, Keilani Ricketts, into a long-term deal.

    Story | Conversation | July 11, 2013
  2. espnW -- Monica Abbott, Kazuki Watanabe speak same language

    Graham Hays

    When it comes to success on the diamond, Monica Abbot and Kazuki Watanabe have no problem communicating, building their relationship in Japan's professional softball league.

    Story | Conversation | July 02, 2013
  3. espnW -- National Pro Fastpitch is playing for keeps

    Graham Hays

    Despite financial challenges, National Pro Fastpitch softball league is about to complete its ninth year, a testament to the dedication of its players and owners.

    Story | Conversation | August 22, 2012
  4. NCAA softball tournament -- End of Stanford Cardinal season will ...

    Graham Hays

    With no Olympics in sight, Stanford's standout shortstop, Ashley Hansen, is opting to walk away from softball and jump into her career at a technology firm in Silicon Valley.

    Story | Conversation | May 16, 2012
  5. Video: Arizona State's Lesley Rogers

    Graham Hays

    Arizona State senior Lesley Rogers talks about the keys to winning a second national championship, freshman ace Dallas Escobedo and the pride Pac-10 players have in maintaining softball dominance....

    Blog | June 07, 2011
  6. What to expect: Georgia-Washington

    Graham Hays

    For the first time since 1982 at the Women's College World Series, college softball is guaranteed a first-time champion among its final four teams. That's about where any sense of unfamiliarity in Oklahoma City ends. The four remaining team...

    Blog | May 31, 2009
  7. Defense is key for Georgia softball

    Graham Hays

    Georgia's offense lived up to the advance billing in rallying past Ohio State twice in the Athens super regional with the kind of big innings teams can string together with a lineup that collectively slugs close to .600 with an on-base percentag...

    Blog | May 23, 2009
  8. North Dakota State brings allure to tourney

    Graham Hays

    AMHERST, Mass. -- As one of the early hitchhikers on the South Dakota State bandwagon in women's basketball, I'll admit there's a certain allure to the idea of North Dakota State potentially playing on the biggest of softball stages at...

    Blog | May 17, 2009
  9. Softball regionals off to interesting start

    Graham Hays

    AHMERST, Mass. -- It didn't rain on the first day of the regional in Amherst, Mass. In retrospect, perhaps that should have been the first indication that something was amiss.If not turned upside down, the NCAA tournament bracket was at least sh...

    Blog | May 16, 2009
  10. One last shot: Final softball bracketology

    Graham Hays

    There are no potential bubble wreckers among the teams in action Sunday, so here's one final crack at projecting the bracket before it is announced Sunday night (ESPNU, 10 p.m. ET). With 34 available at-large spots, 24 seem uncontroversial (and ...

    Blog | May 10, 2009
  11. Florida softball takes it all in SEC

    Graham Hays

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- As if to remind the two teams atop the softball RPI rankings that nothing is inevitable on the road to Oklahoma City, the remnants of a weather system moving through Tennessee delayed the start of Saturday's SEC championship ...

    Blog | May 09, 2009
  12. Intriguing Eight: Softball conference tourneys

    Graham Hays

    Following up on Sunday's bracketology, and since my opinion is just that, check out another take with the projections over at Ultimate College Softball. Now on to a quick look at eight intriguing conference tournaments. ACC Host: NC State Top...

    Blog | May 05, 2009
  13. Softball bracketology debut projections

    Graham Hays

    Congratulations to BYU, Portland State, Cornell and Mississippi Valley State for earning the first four spots in the NCAA tournament (actually, it's a belated congratulations to Mississippi Valley State, which clinched the SWAC automatic bid las...

    Blog | May 03, 2009
  14. A look at softball's weekend ahead

    Graham Hays

    In three weeks, every game will matter. For now, here are 10 weekend series with extra heft. Illinois-Chicago at Cleveland State (Three games)The top three seeds in the Horizon League get a pass on the first set of games in the double-elimination c...

    Blog | April 22, 2009
  15. Softball weekend matchups to watch

    Graham Hays

    Counting down the top 10 places I'd like to camp out in the bleachers this weekend. (You can catch Winthrop-Radford, UCSB-Long Beach State and Texas A&M-Oklahoma on ESPNU this weekend.) Winthrop at Radford -- Sunday on ESPNU, 2 p.m. ET (Th...

    Blog | April 15, 2009
  16. Texas State softball surprises in Lone Star State

    Graham Hays

    Everything is bigger in Texas, even the statements made by the little guy. With a month left in the regular season, we already have an unofficial state champion in the Lone Star State. It's not Texas A&M, which played in the final series of ...

    Blog | April 14, 2009