Press Release

Posted by Gracie Blackburn on May 13, 2013

ESPN Expands Coverage of NCAA Division I Softball Championship

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Doubles Regional Site Coverage; Set to Air Every Super Regional and WCWS Game

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network (LHN) and ESPN3 will combine as the coverage home to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship with up to 97 games Friday, May 17 to Wednesday, June 5. The lineup will include telecasts of every Women’s College World Series (WCWS) contest for the 13th straight event, every game from all eight Super Regional sites for the sixth straight year and more coverage of the Regionals than ever before.

ESPN networks will air games from eight Regionals sites, doubling the previous year’s coverage and making it the most sites ever carried nationally. Up to 112 hours of games will be available over three days from: the Norman Regional (Marita Hynes Field), Austin Regional (Red and Charline McCombs Field), Tempe Regional (Alberta B. Farrington Stadium), Columbia Regional (University Field), Ann Arbor Regional (Wilpon Softball Complex), Lexington Regional (John Cropp Stadium), Mobile Regional (Jaguar Field) and College Station Regional (Olsen Field).

The 64-team field was revealed live during the NCAA Softball Selection Show presented by Capital One on ESPNU Sunday, May 12. Eight teams are making their first appearance in the tournament and the Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 11 teams selected. The Pac-12 placed eight, while the Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA each had four qualifiers.

Additional 2013 NCAA Softball Championship Highlights:

  • Regionals, Super Regionals and WCWS games will include the expert opinion and experience from at least six U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists, one of which was a three-time NCAA Champion:

 o    ESPN Softball Analysts at Regionals: Leah O’Brien-Amico (Arizona), Garland Cooper (Northwestern), Amanda Freed (UCLA), Jessica Mendoza (Stanford), Charlotte Morgan (Alabama), Michele Smith (Oklahoma St.), Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M) and Tracy Warren (Trenton State College)

o    ESPN Softball Analysts at Super Regionals: Leah O’Brien-Amico (Arizona), Garland Cooper (Northwestern), Jennie Finch (Arizona), Amanda Freed (UCLA), Cheri Kemp (Missouri Western), Jessica Mendoza (Stanford), Amanda Scarborough (Texas A&M) and Michele Smith (Oklahoma State)

o    ESPN Softball Analysts in Studio: Cheri Kemp (Missouri Western) and Jenny Dalton Hill (Arizona) for Regionals; Stacey Nuveman (UCLA) and Jenny Dalton Hill (Arizona) for Super Regionals

  • For the second year, LHN will exclusively air every game involving No. 4 Texas from the Austin Regionals site. ESPN3 will carry all other Austin Regional site games.
  •  espnW.com will serve as the online destination for complete coverage of the Division I NCAA Softball Tournament. Contributor Graham Hays and others will provide extensive preview coverage, bracket analysis, power rankings, photos, videos and more. In addition, several players will be guest blogging for the site in Blogs From the Road. espnW is also collecting the best social photos during the tournament; fans are encouraged to join the gallery by tweeting their photos and using hashtag #WCWS
  •  ESPN International will provide the WCWS in: ESPN Australia, ESPN Africa, ESPN Caribbean, ESPN Europe, ESPN Israel, ESPN Latin America, ESPN Middle East, ESPN Pacific Rim and ESPN Brazil.

Regionals Softball Schedule (Schedule Subject to Change):

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Fri, May 17

3:30 p.m.

College Station Regional: Arizona vs. Baylor
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN2

 

3:30 p.m.

Tempe Regional: San Diego State vs. Georgia
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

4:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: Central Michigan vs. California
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Mobile Regional: Mississippi State vs. Florida State
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Lexington Regional: Virginia Tech vs. Notre Dame
Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Columbia Regional: Oregon State vs. Hofstra
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

4 p.m.

Austin Regional: South Carolina vs. Houston
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Scarborough

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

College Station Regional: Pennsylvania vs. No. 16 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Tempe Regional: San Jose State vs.  No. 5 Arizona State
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

6 p.m.

Norman Regional: Fordham vs. Arkansas
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: Valparaiso vs. No. 8 Michigan
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Mobile Regional: Mississippi Valley State vs. No. 13 South Alabama
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

7:30 p.m.

Lexington Regional: Marshall vs. No. 12 Kentucky
Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

7:30 p.m.

Columbia Regional: Stony Brook vs. No. 6 Missouri
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Austin Regional: Army vs. No. 4 Texas
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Scarborough

LHN

 

8:30 p.m.

Norman Regional: Marist vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

Sat, May 18

noon

Ann Arbor Regional: TBD
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

noon

Austin Regional: TBD
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Scarborough

LHN or

ESPN3

 

1 p.m.

Lexington Regional: TBD

Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

1 p.m.

Columbia Regional: TBD
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Norman Regional: TBD
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Mobile Regional: TBD
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

2:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: TBD
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

3 p.m.

College Station Regional: TBD
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN

 

3 p.m.

Austin Regional: TBD
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Scarborough

LHN or

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Lexington Regional: TBD

Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Columbia Regional: TBD
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Norman Regional: TBD
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Mobile Regional: TBD
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: TBD
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

5:30 p.m.

College Station Regional: TBD
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN

 

6 p.m.

Tempe Regional: TBD
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

6 p.m.

Lexington Regional: TBD
Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Columbia Regional: TBD
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

Austin Regional: TBD
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Freed

LHN or ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Norman Regional: TBD
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

7 p.m.

Mobile Regional: TBD
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

8 p.m.

College Station Regional: TBD
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPNEWS

 

8:30 p.m.

Tempe Regional: TBD
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

11 p.m.

Tempe Regional: TBD
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

Sun, May 19

1 p.m.

Lexington Regional: TBD
Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

1p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: TBD
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Austin Regional: TBD
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Freed

LHN or ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Norman Regional: TBD
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

2 p.m.

Columbia Regional: TBD
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

College Station Regional: TBD
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN2

 

3:30 p.m.

Lexington Regional: TBD
Cara Capuano & Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3

 

3:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Regional: TBD
Sam Gore & Garland Cooper

ESPN3

 

5 p.m.

Austin Regional: TBD
Carter Blackburn & Amanda Freed

LHN or ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Norman Regional: TBD
Jeanne Zelasko & Tracy Warren

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Mobile Regional: TBD
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

4:30 p.m.

Columbia Regional: TBD
Mark Neely & Amanda Freed

ESPN3

 

6 p.m.

College Station Regional: TBD
Pam Ward & Michele Smith

ESPN2

 

6 p.m.

Tempe Regional: TBD
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Mobile Regional: TBD
Melissa Lee & Charlotte Morgan

ESPN3

 

8:30 p.m.

Tempe Regional: TBD
Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU

 

Super Regionals Schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, May 23

8 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 1): Game 1

ESPN2

 

10 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 2): Game 1

ESPN2

Fri, May 24

2 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 3): Game 1

ESPNU

 

4 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 1): Game 2

ESPNU

 

6 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 2): Game 2

ESPNU

 

7 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 1): Game 2

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 4): Game 1

ESPN2

 

9 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 5): Game 1

ESPNU

 

9 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 2): Game 3*

ESPN

Sat, May 25

Noon

Super Regional (Campus Site 3): Game 2

ESPN

 

1 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 6): Game 1

ESPNU

 

3 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 3): Game 3*

ESPN

 

3 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 5): Game 2

ESPNU

 

5 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 4): Game 2

ESPN

 

6 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 5): Game 3*

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 4): Game 3*

ESPN2

 

8 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 7): Game 1

ESPNU

 

10 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 8): Game 1

ESPN2

Sun, May 26

Noon

Super Regional (Campus Site 6): Game 2

ESPN

 

3 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 6): Game 3*

ESPN

 

3 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 7): Game 2

ESPNU

 

5 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 8): Game 2

ESPN

 

6 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 7): Game 3*

ESPNU

 

8 p.m.

Super Regional (Campus Site 8): Game 3*

ESPN2

*If Necessary games

Women’s College World Series Schedule:

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Thu, May 30

noon

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

 

2:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

 

9:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

Fri, May 31

7 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

9:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

Sat, June 1

noon

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

 

2:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN2

 

7 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN

 

9:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN

Sun, June 2

1 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN

 

3:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN

 

7 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPNU

 

9:30 p.m.

Women’s College World Series

ESPNU

Mon, June 3

8 p.m.

Women’s College World Series Finals

ESPN2

Tue, June 4

8 p.m.

Women’s College World Series Finals

ESPN

Wed, June 5

8 p.m.

Women’s College World Series Finals

ESPN