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During an NCAA softball tournament game between Michigan and James Madison, there was a brutal exchange between play-by-play guy Mark Neely and color commentator Danielle Lawrie in the fourth inning. James Madison just got its second home run of the game and the broadcast team got into a discussion about Michigan pitcher Meghan Beaubien. They were having an interesting discussion talking about how the pitcher can get into her head. Ken Ravizza was a sports psychologist who died recently and helped color commentator Danielle Lawrie in her time playing. Here’s the exchange in the video…
Neely: Did you deal with some of those issues, at least early in your career?
Lawrie: I’m still trying to deal with them, Mark. (Laughs)
Neely: No pitcher is truly out of the woods in that department, are they?
Lawrie: I was fortunate. I got to work with Ken Ravizza, and he was one of the absolute best.
Neely: Who’s still out there, doing what they do best. Doing what he does best.
Lawrie: He passed away.
Neely: Yeah? Oh.