College Sports Archive

  • 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

  • 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