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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on January 29, 2013

Biggest and Best Softball Schedule on ESPN Networks

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44 Games Set for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Featuring 19 Top-25 Teams  

ESPN networks will present the largest schedule of college softball to date and boasting more ranked teams, beginning with No. 5 Tennessee at No. 15 Florida on Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. ET. The regular-season schedule has  44 games across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU featuring 19 teams in the Top 25, including 13 conference tournament matchups.

In addition to conference play, the season will culminate with ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of every pitch in the NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals and the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

The schedule is highlighted by a record 15 games matching ranked opponents and 25 games with a ranked team, based on the ESPN.com/USA Softball pre-season Top 25 released today. Nine conferences are represented in the schedule, which is capped off with six conference championship games.

ESPN’s returning line-up of college softball analysts includes Garland Cooper, Jennie Finch, Cheri Kempf, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, and Amanda Scarborough with Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Cara Capuano, Joe Davis, Holly Rowe and Adam Amin on deck bringing the play-by-play each week.

2013 ESPN NCAA Softball Schedule (subject to change):

DateTimeMatchupNetwork
Sat, March 1611 a.m.# 5 Tennessee at # 15 FloridaESPNU
Sat, March 236:30 p.m.#17 Texas A&M at #5 TennesseeESPNU
Sun, March 243 p.m.Auburn at # 1 AlabamaESPNU
Fri, April 59 p.m.#7 Missouri at #1 AlabamaESPNU
Sat, April 63 p.m.#7 Missouri at #1 Alabama ESPNU
Sun, April 73 p.m.#22* Baylor at #2 Oklahoma ESPN
Thu, April 1111 p.m.#3 California at #19 UCLAESPN2
Fri, April 128 p.m.Ole Miss at Mississippi StateESPNU
Sat, April 131 p.m.#15 Florida at KentuckyESPNU
 3:30 p.m.#12 LSU at #17 Texas A&MESPN
 10 p.m.#16 Washington at #4 Arizona StateESPN2
Sun, April 143 p.m.Arkansas at #7 MissouriESPNU
Mon, April 157 p.m.Virginia at #24 Florida StateESPNU
Wed, April 174 p.m.Cal State Northridge at Long Beach StateESPNU
 6:30 p.m.Cal State Northridge at Long Beach StateESPNU
Thu, April 1810 p.m.#19 UCLA at #14 ArizonaESPN2
Fri, April 198 p.m.#19 UCLA at #14 ArizonaESPNU
Sat, April 20Noon#24 Florida State at Virginia TechESPNU
 6 p.m.South Carolina at AuburnESPNU
Mon, April 227 p.m.Georgia Tech at #21 UNCESPNU
Thu, April 258 p.m.#1 Alabama at #12 LSUESPN2
Fri, April 2610 p.m.#3 California at #4 Arizona StateESPNU
Sat, April 27Noon#8 Georgia at #15 FloridaESPNU
Mon, April 297 p.m.Virginia Tech at VirginiaESPNU
Thu, May 28 p.m.Texas Tech at #22* BaylorESPN2
Sat, May 44 p.m.#18 Louisville at Notre DameESPNU
 6:30 p.m.#18 Louisville at Notre DameESPNU
 7:30 p.m.#5 Tennessee at #7 MissouriESPN
Sun, May 51 p.m.#9 Texas at Oklahoma StateESPN
 3 p.m.#12 LSU at #8 GeorgiaESPN

 

 

Conference Championship Play:

DateTime (ET)Conference ChampionshipTime
Wed, May 84 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Play-In Game #1ESPNU
6:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Play-In Game #2ESPNU
Thu, May 911 a.m.SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinal #1ESPNU
1:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinal #2ESPNU
4 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinal #3ESPNU
6:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Quarterfinal #4ESPNU
Fri, May 103 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Semifinal #1ESPNU
5:30 p.m.SEC Softball Tournament Semifinal #2ESPNU
Sat, May 114 p.m.BIG EAST Softball ChampionshipESPN2
6 p.m.ACC Softball ChampionshipESPN2
8 p.m.SEC Softball ChampionshipESPN2
10 p.m.SWAC Softball Championship**ESPNU
Sun, May 12NoonBig South ChampionshipESPNU

note: one MEAC game will be added to this comprehensive schedule at a later date
*tied for No. 22 in the USA Softball Rankings
**live on ESPN3 at 3 p.m.; tape-delayed on ESPNU

Additional ESPN3 games will be announced a later date.

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Media contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com