The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse
Roundhouse podcast with Easton Herring on Shocker softball
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Wichita State assistant coach Easton Herring debuts on the podcast to talk about his journey from Pratt High School to Shocker baseball and into college softball. He talks about playing catch the right way, building relationships and the progress of fall softball. We also dive into his place in the Kansas high school baseball record book and what Sami Hood is working on as she moves to shortstop.

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The Roundhouse
Roundhouse podcast with Courtney Oliver on Shocker softball
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Wichita State softball pitching coach Courtney Oliver is at the microphone to talk about facing Shocker hitters from the opposite dugout, how her time as an athlete at Hofstra shaped her career and her pitching philosophy. Oliver, hired in June, came to Wichita State from Houston and also coached at ECU.

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The Roundhouse
Roundhouse podcast with Lauren Mills on Shocker softball
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Wichita State senior Lauren Mills talks about her slugging and command of the strike zone during her career as a Shocker. She talks about the pride she and her teammates feel about this era of softball and upgrades on the drawing board for Wilkins Stadium. We also discuss the importance of a good breakfast, animation trends in movies and the care and handling of a rabbit as a pet.

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The Roundhouse
Podcast with Presley Bell and Lauren Howell on Shocker softball
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Wichita State is in the national rankings and ready to play at Wilkins Stadium this weekend. Pitching coach Presley Bell and pitcher Lauren Howell join the podcast to discuss the staff’s hot start, how video plays a role in preparation and how the pitchers complement each other. We also talk about Jefferson City’s famed Central Dairy, how Howell chose to transfer to Wichita State and travel tips.

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The Roundhouse
Roundhouse podcast with Kristi Bredbenner on Shocker softball
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Wichita State softball coach Kristi Bredbenner takes fans through the roster, which positions she is watching closely as opening day approaches, and how the revamped pitching staff might look. We talk about the recent reveal of plans to improve Wilkins Stadium, why those efforts are important and how the rise in softball’s popularity is helping. A discussion of the home schedule is also included, highlighted by the story behind Stanford’s visit to Wilkins Stadium in March.

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Roundhouse podcast with Zoe Jones and Sydney McKinney on Shocker softball
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Shocker softball seniors Zoe Jones and Sydney McKinney are on the mic to discuss their first impressions of each other, how Jones keeps the mood light in the locker room with her chatter and how she is trying to improve her ability to read the room. We talk about bamboo pillows, bus-trip candy, books and the team’s “culture of weirdos.” They reveal their most anticipated non-conference opponents, break down the rivalry with UCF and why they think Caroline Tallent is ready for a breakout season.

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Roundhouse podcast with Shocker softball coach Kristi Bredbenner
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Wichita State softball coach Kristi Bredbenner updates us at Wilkins Stadium over a bucket of Hi-Chew candy. We talk about the recent facility improvements and lessons from fall scrimmages against Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State. Bredbenner discusses the rebuilt pitching staff, highlighted by fall performances from freshman Alex Aguilar and newcomer Lauren Howell. Freshman Sami Hood is playing second base and Bredbenner talks about a defensive comparison that should excite fans.

Forward Together
Forward Together
Episode 8 - Name, Image and Likeness
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Episode description: In this episode of Wichita State University’s “Forward Together” podcast, President Rick Muma talks with Kevin Saal, who was hired as director of athletics at Wichita State University in June. Kevin is leading Shocker athletics during a time of significant change – name, image and likeness, the transfer portal and conference realignment top the list.

The “Forward Together” podcast celebrates the vision and mission of Wichita State University. In each episode, President Rick Muma will talk with guests from throughout Shocker Nation to highlight the people and priorities that guide WSU on its road to becoming an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater good.

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Roundhouse podcast with softball associate head coach Elizabeth Economon
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Wichita State softball’s dinner and auction is Saturday and the Shockers open their fall schedule with a scrimmage on Sunday. Associate head coach Elizabeth Economon is here to update fans on newcomers making a good impression this fall, how the program’s success changes recruiting and how the coaches challenge returners such as Addison Barnard and Sydney McKinney. We also discuss the opening at first base, Jessica Garcia’s career arc and the new batting cages built next to Wilkins Stadium. We wrap up by breaking down the accuracy of the “Coach E impressions” video directed by McKinney and featuring her teammates, sunglasses and a bucket hat.

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The Roundhouse
Roundhouse podcast with Steve Strain on Shocker softball
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ESPN+ broadcaster Steve Strain previews this weekend’s UCF-Wichita State softball clash at Wilkins Stadium. We talk about how the Knights use their speed and pitching, how the Shockers counter with power hitting and what this series means to the big picture. We also discuss the improvement in the Shockers pitching staff and how hitters such as Neleigh Herring. Zoe Jones and Lauren Lucas are crucial to the success. Steve talks about his impressions of Wichita State’s dynamic top-of-the-order hitters Sydney McKinney and Addison Barnard.