In April 2018, the very first episode of the 7Innings Podcast dropped on podcast platforms everywhere. What started out as a passion project by ESPN’s softball talent is now in its second season, with more than a million total downloads, and this weekend is making the jump to television for its first features-based episode. 7Innings Podcast Softball Featured will air Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. ET, on ESPNU. The show — hosted by Holly Rowe — will include five features on college softball players from top programs around the country. Rowe, Ryan McGee and Amanda Scarborough conduct the interviews.
“‘7Innings’ has grown from a passion project to a true softball brand focused on educating fans and growing the sport,” said Meg Aronowitz, ESPN coordinating producer overseeing softball. “The group of people involved in making this show happen every week couldn’t be more dedicated or have a deeper knowledge base when it comes to the sport of softball. To see ‘7Innings’ come to life as a features-focused TV special is beyond what we could have imagined in Season Two. We are all excited for the fans to see this show and for all that comes next.”
Danielle Gibson, Arkansas
Earlier this season, Arkansas’ Danielle Gibson completed the “Home Run Cycle.” Hitting four home runs in one game; a solo shot, a two-run, a three-run and a grand slam. The feat is so rare that it has only been done TWICE in more than 100 years of recorded baseball and softball. (Once in 1998 by a Double-A baseball player, and once in 2013 by a Georgetown softball player.)
Taylor McQuillin, Arizona
Taylor McQuillin was born with Duane’s Syndrome which left her legally blind in her left eye. Despite her challenges, Taylor was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school and is now in her senior season at Arizona as the ace of the pitching staff.
Samoan Sisterhood, Mississippi State
The Samoan Islands are over 6,000 miles away from Starkville, Miss., but that didn’t stop a Samoan Sisterhood from forming in Stark-Vegas. Mississippi State has three players and one assistant coach of Samoan heritage. The entire team has embraced the culture, even changing their home run celebration to the “Haka,” a ceremonial dance in Māori.