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College softball pitching talent is abundant

Originally Published: May 19, 2011
By Dave Scheiber

When Michele Smith surveys today's landscape of college softball pitchers, she sees a talent pool vastly more advanced than when she dominated the game at Oklahoma State.

The veteran ESPN softball analyst, a two-time All-American in the early '90s, won gold medals in two Olympic Games, and credits an array of factors for the higher level of pitching in the college ranks.

"They're very experienced because they're playing a lot of travel ball," she said. "And the kids are ...

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