ESPN Rolls Out Unprecedented College Softball Schedule

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More than 80 Regular-Season Games; Five Conference Championship Games ESPN will offer an unprecedented college softball lineup this season with more than 80 regular-season games scheduled across its networks. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to televise more than 40 games, including the entire SEC tournament and the ACC, American, SWAC, and Big South championship games. In addition, ESPN3 will carry more than 40 exclusive regular-season games to be announced at a later date. The television schedule begins with preseason No. 1 Tennessee hosting South Carolina on Sunday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Once the regular season concludes, ESPN’s coverage will continue with regional round coverage and every pitch of the super regionals and the NCAA Women’s College World Series. Additional television highlights:

  • A record 17 matchups featuring two ranked teams will air on an ESPN network including No. 10 Texas at No. 2 Oklahoma on Thursday, April 17, on ESPN2. The defending National Champion Oklahoma Sooners will also play at No.16 Baylor on Saturday, April 12 on ESPN
  • In addition to its game against South Carolina, No. 1 Tennessee will be seen in two other games – at No. 11 Texas A&M on Friday, April 11 and Sunday, April 13
  • Twelve games feature a top 5 team in the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25 games and, overall, a ranked team will appear in 27 games

ESPN offers a deep roster of softball analysts. Each analyst – Jessica Mendoza, Jennie Finch, Amanda Scarborough, Cheri Kempf and Michele Smith  – was named a collegiate All-American multiple times. Additionally, Finch, Mendoza, and Smith combine for six Olympic medals, including four gold. Completing the broadcast assignments are play-by-play commentators Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Adam Amin, Holly Rowe, and Mark Neely. 2014 ESPN NCAA Softball Television Schedule (subject to change)

DateTimeMatchupNetwork
Sun, March 232:30 p.m.South Carolina vs. #1 TennesseeESPNU
7 p.m.#10 Texas at #16 BaylorESPNU
Mon, March 316 p.m.# 12 Florida State at UNCESPNU
Fri, April 49 p.m.Arkansas at #6 AlabamaESPNU
Sat, April 55 p.m.Auburn at #3 FloridaESPNU
Sun, April 63 p.m.Arkansas at #6 AlabamaESPN
Thu, April 1011 p.m.#5 Washington at #20 StanfordESPNU
Fri, April 118 p.m.#1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&MESPNU
Sat, April 123 p.m.#2 Oklahoma at #16 BaylorESPN
Sat, April 1210 p.m.#5 Washington at #20 StanfordESPN2
Sun, April 131 p.m.#1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&MESPNU
Mon, April 147 p.m.#12 Florida State at Notre DameESPNU
Wed, April 167 p.m.Long Beach State at Cal State FullertonESPNU
9:30 p.m.Long Beach State at Cal State FullertonESPNU
Thu, April 179 p.m.#10 Texas at # 2 OklahomaESPN2
Fri, April 188 p.m.#3 Florida at #11 Texas A&MESPNU
Sat, April 194 p.m.#19 LSU at South CarolinaESPNU
6 p.m.#3 Florida at #11 Texas A&MESPNU
Sun, April 203 p.m.Syracuse at #12 Florida StateESPNU
Thu, April 248 p.m.#21 Georgia at # 6 AlabamaESPN
Fri, April 2510 p.m.# 8 Oregon at #20 StanfordESPNU
Sat, April 2612 p.m.#21 Georgia at # 6 AlabamaESPNU
Mon, April 287 p.m.Maryland at Notre DameESPNU
Thu, May 18 p.m.# 6 Alabama at # 17 MissouriESPN
Sat, May 32 p.m.# 6 Alabama at # 17 MissouriESPNU
4 p.m.# 14 Kentucky at #21 GeorgiaESPNU
6 p.m.#20 Stanford at #13 UCLAESPNU
7:30 p.m.#3 Florida at ArkansasESPN
Sun, May 41 p.m.#3 Florida at ArkansasESPN
3 p.m.#20 Stanford at #13 UCLAESPN

2014 ESPN NCAA Conference Championship (subject to change)

Wed, May 74 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 1ESPNU
6:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 2ESPNU
Thu, May 811 a.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 1ESPNU
1:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 2ESPNU
4 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 3ESPNU
6:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 4ESPNU
Fri, May 93 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 1ESPNU
5:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 2ESPNU
Sat, May 102 p.m.ACC Softball Tournament – ChampionshipESPN2
3:30 p.m.American Softball Tournament – ChampionshipESPNEWS
8 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament – ChampionshipESPN2
10 p.m.SWAC Softball Tournament – Championship*ESPNU
Sun, May 11NoonBig South Softball Tournament – ChampionshipESPNU

*Live on ESPN 3 at 3:00 p.m.; taped delayed on ESPNU -30- Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and

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