College Sports Archive

  • 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

  • Hays: Bast's legacy at Northwestern extends beyond the field

    Northwestern's Marisa Bast will be swinging away at the plate at the NCAA tournament, but she's already connected with countless kids through her anti-bullying program.

    May 14 2:57 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Cheat sheet for NCAA softball regionals

    With as many as 112 games on tap and double-elimination at stake, Graham Hays highlights the teams to beat and the players to watch in the opening round of the NCAA softball tournament.

    May 13 4:00 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • Hays: Five burning questions for NCAA softball

    Hays: Five burning questions for NCAA softball

    A bracket demands order, and the NCAA softball tournament selection committee did well to look past RPI numbers that favored other teams and slot the Oregon Ducks as the overall No. 1 seed.

    May 12 5:10 PM ET | By Graham Hays

  • 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