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NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

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  • Eight Best-of-Three Series From Campus Sites; Winners Advance to Women’s College World Series
  • Top 16 Seeds Advance; Top 8 Host Super Regionals
  • Jessica Mendoza Returns, Joins Michele Smith and Beth Mowins in Los Angeles; Amanda Scarborough and Eric Collins in Gainesville

ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with exclusive telecasts of the Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 25, and continuing through Sunday, May 28, with up to 24 games from eight campus sites. The eight, best-of-three series will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with the victorious teams advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by No. 1 seed Florida, which will host No. 16 Alabama (Gainesville Super Regional). There are four west coast Super Regionals sites: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor (Tucson), No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky (Eugene), No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah (Seattle) and No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Los Angeles). Rounding out the sites: No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU (Tallahassee), No. 7 Auburn vs. defending national champion and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (Auburn) and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (Knoxville). A complete bracket is available here.

ESPN Commentators
ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, now a MLB analyst working Sunday Night Baseball, returns to ESPN’s softball coverage for the Super Regionals. Mendoza, who began her career with ESPN as a college softball analyst and has called the WCWS for a number of years, will work with fellow college softball analyst Michele Smith, play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins and reporter Holly Rowe in Los Angeles.

Softball analyst Amanda Scarborough along with commentator Eric Colllins will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the call of the SEC matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Mendoza, Smith, Rowe and Mowins will be paired for the Women’s College World Series, as well as Scarborough joining play-by-play commentator Adam Amin and reporter Laura Rutledge. The full schedule and production details will be announced next week.

  • Jessica Mendoza– Los Angeles Super Regional
    • College: Stanford
    • Honors: Four-time All-American (1999, 2000, ’01, ’02; member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medal winning team at 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Michele Smith– Los Angeles Super Regional
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two-time All-American; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00); eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Amanda Scarborough– Gainesville Super Regional
    • College:Texas A&M
    • Honors: Two-time All-American (2005, ’07); only player in Big 12 history to receive Freshman of the Year and Player of Year in same season (2005); played in two WCWS (2007, ’08)

ESPN’s additional six commentator teams are: Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Auburn), Jenn Hildreth and Carol Bruggeman (Tallahassee), Alex Loeb and Megan Willis (Knoxville), Trey Bender and Danielle Lawrie (Eugene), Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf (Tucson) and Courtney Lyle and Leigh Dakich (Seattle).

    • College: Toledo
    • Honors: Led the Rockets to the WCWS; holds the MAC record for batting average and hits; former head coach at Bowling Green and Syracuse
    • College: Iowa
    • Honors:  As a Division I coach at Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, achieved more than 700 combined wins; All-Big Ten and All-Mideast Region as a player; inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame (1997); NFCA Executive Director
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill– Auburn Super Regional
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (’96); four-time National Champion; winning three as a player (1993, ’94, and ’96) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)
  • Cheri KempfTucson Super Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion; National MVP; played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992); NPF Commissioner
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009); All-American; played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Megan Willis – Norman Regional 
    • College:Texas
    • Honors: Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006); played in National Fastpitch League

espnW.com
espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Recaps:Graham Hays will provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
  • Behind the Scenes Coverage:From playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.  
  • The espnW Player of the Year:The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
  • Schedules and Results:All the scores and schedules can be found here.

Follow and Join the Social Media Conversation
A number of social handles — @ESPNU@espnW, and @NCAASoftball — will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadToWCWS the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.

ESPN’s 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule
Super Regionals (May 25 – 28)

Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page. The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.

 Gainesville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 7 p.m. No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Alabama   ESPN
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Los Angeles Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thu, May 25 9 p.m. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Auburn Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 4 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN2
Sat, May 27 1 p.m. No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Oklahoma ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Tallahassee Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 5 p.m. No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPNU
Sat, May 27 3 p.m. No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU ESPN
Sun, May 28 1 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU


Knoxville Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
ESPN2
Sat, May 27 5 p.m. No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Eugene Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 7 p.m. No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
ESPNU
Sat, May 27 7 p.m. No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky    ESPN2
Sun, May 28 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

 

Tucson Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 9 p.m. No. 15 Baylor at No. 2 Arizona
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor   ESPN
Sun, May 28 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2

Seattle Super Regional 

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 26 11 p.m. No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
ESPN2
Sat, May 27 9 p.m. No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah   ESPN2
Sun, May 28 10 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2

Networks and schedule are subject to change

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