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ESPN to Present the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship

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May 14, 2014

Coverage From Seven Regional Sites, Every Game Televised From Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series

ESPN will be the home of the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship presented by Capital One beginning Friday, May 16, featuring exclusive coverage from seven Regional sites, all eight Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series.  Regional round coverage (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3) features up to 49 games from seven campus sites (May 16 – May 18). ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise every game from the eight Super Regionals (May 22 – May 25) and Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 29 – June 4).  ESPN began televising the entire Women’s College World Series in 2001 and Super Regionals in 2007.

ESPN’s Regional coverage will feature six of the top 11 seeds in the tournament, including No. 2 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional) and No. 3 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional). Additional top seeds include No. 6 Louisiana Lafayette (Lafayette Regional), No. 7 and defending champion Oklahoma (Norman Regional), No. 8 Florida State (Tallahassee Regional), No. 9 Arizona State (Tempe Regional), and No. 11 Arizona (Tucson Regional).  ESPN will carry every game from these seven Regionals – a four-team, double-elimination tournament with one team from each site advancing to the Super Regionals.  A full schedule is provided below.

The 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket was unveiled during ESPNU’s NCAA Softball Championship Selection Show presented by Capital One on Sunday, May 11.  The Southeastern Conference received the most bids (11), followed by the Big Ten (5), Pac 12 (5), Atlantic Coast (4), Big 12 (4), and American Athletic (3). Overall, 32 conferences are represented in the field and six teams will make their first appearance: Bryant University, Charleston Southern University, Dartmouth University, Utah Valley University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Texas Southern University. The complete 64-team bracket can be seen here.

ESPN’s NCAA Division I Softball Championship Coverage Highlights

ESPN Analysts: ESPN’s softball analysts are accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players

  • Kayla Braud Lafayette Regional
    • College: Alabama
    • Honors: Three-time All American, National Champion (2012),  SEC Freshmen of the Year (2010)
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill Norman 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)
  • Amanda Freed Los Angeles Regional
    • College:  UCLA
    • Honors: National Champion (1999), pitched in the three other WCWS (2000, ’01, ’02, ’03), member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Jessica Mendoza Tempe 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
  • Leah O’Brien-Amico Tuscaloosa Regional
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: Won three national championships (1993, ’94,  ’97), member of goal medal-winning teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Amanda Scarborough Tucson 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)
  • Michele Smith Tallahassee Regional
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two-time All American, member of goal medal-winning teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics, eight-time Japan Pro League MVP

Garland Cooper, three-time Big Ten Play of the Year, and Cheri Kempf, Hall of Famer, will be in-studio throughout the Regionals.

espnW.com — The online destination for 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship coverage.

  • Comprehensive Recaps: Graham Hays will provide daily recaps in a “five things you should know” format.
  • Tourney Snapshots: Behind-the-scenes video and photos from teams and student athletes participating in the championship. Fans can submit their photos by tagging them #RoadtoWCWS in the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.
  • Student-Athlete Perspective: Six student-athletes will blog throughout their championship experience: Ally Carda (UCLA) Amber Freeman (Arizona State), Victoria Hayward (Washington), Ellen Renfroe (Tennessee), Janie Takeda (Oregon), and Lacey Waldrop (Florida State).

Social Media Integration:

  • @ESPNU and @espnW will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadtoWCWS in the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.

ESPN Regional Coverage Information (May 16 – 18)
Please note: A Day-by-Day Regional Schedule, can be found here

Region by Region Schedule

Tallahassee Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4:30 p.m. South Florida vs. South Carolina
Pam Ward, Michele Smith
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Fordham vs. No. 8 Florida State ESPN2
Sat, May 17 Noon Game:  No. 3 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN
  5 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 Noon Game:  No. 6 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN2

 Tempe Regional                                                                         

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 3:30 p.m. San Diego State vs. Michigan
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Dartmouth vs. No. 9 Arizona State  ESPNU
Sat, May 17 6 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPNU
  11 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPNU
Sun, May 18 5:30 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPNU
  8 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPNU

 

Tucson Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 8 p.m. Louisville vs. LSU
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN
  11 p.m. Boston University vs. No. 11 Arizona   ESPNU
Sat, May 17 4:30 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN
Sun, May 18 4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN2
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN2

 Los Angeles Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 6 p.m. Long Beach State vs. Notre Dame
Tracy Warren, Amanda Freed
ESPN3
  9 p.m. Southern Utah vs. No. 3 UCLA     ESPN3
Sat, May 17 3 p.m. Game:  No. 3 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 3 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
6 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 Norman Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 6 p.m. Hofstra vs. Texas A&M
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Bryant vs. No. 7 Oklahoma     ESPN3
Sat, May 17 2 p.m. Game:  No. 3 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 2 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 Tuscaloosa Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4:30 p.m. USC Upstate vs. South Alabama
Cara Capuano,  Leah O’Brien-Amico
ESPN3
  7 p.m. SIU Edwardsville vs. No. 2 Alabama   ESPN3
Sat, May 17 2 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 2 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
4:30- p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 Lafayette Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Texas
Melissa Lee, Kayla Braud
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Texas Southern vs. No. 6 Louisiana Lafayette    ESPN3
Sat, May 17 1 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 1 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

ESPN Super Regionals Television Schedule (May 22-25)
Please note: A day-by-day schedule can be found here: Day-by-Day
Region by Region Schedule

 Tallahassee Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thur, May 22 7 p.m. Game No. 1: Michigan vs. No. 8 Florida State
Pam Ward, Michele Smith
ESPN
Fri, May 23 4 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 8 Florida State vs. Michigan ESPNU
  7 p.m. Game  No. 3:  (if nec) ESPN

 Tuscaloosa Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thur, May 22 9 p.m. Game No. 1: Nebraska vs. No.2 Alabama
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN
Fri, May 23 6 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 2 Alabama vs. Nebraska ESPNU
  9 p.m. Game No. 3:  (if nec) ESPN

 Athens Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 23 2 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 13 Baylor vs. No. 4 Georgia
Cara Capuano, Cheri Kempf
ESPNU
Sat, May 24 Noon Game No. 2: No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Baylor ESPN
  3 p.m. Game No. 3: (if nec) ESPN

 Norman Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 23 7 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 10 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza 
ESPN2
Sat, May 24 5 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Tennessee ESPN
  8 p.m. Game No. 3:  (if nec) ESPN2

 Lafayette Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 23 9 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 11 Arizona vs. No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette
Melissa Lee, Jennie Finch
ESPNU
Sat, May 24 3 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 11 Arizona ESPNU
  6 p.m. Game No. 3: (if nec) ESPNU

Gainesville Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 1 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 12 Washington vs. No. 5 FloridaMark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill ESPNU
Sun, May 24 Noon Game No. 2: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Washington ESPN
  3 p.m. Game No. 3: (if nec) ESPN

Los Angeles Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 8 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 14 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UCLA
Holly Rowe, Amanda Freed
ESPNU
Sun, May 24 3 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Kentucky ESPNU
  6 p.m. Game No. 3:  (if nec) ESPNU

Eugene Super Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 10 p.m. Game No. 1: No. 16 Minnesota vs. No. 1 Oregon
Joe Davis, Leah O’Brien-Amico
ESPN2
Sun, May 24 5 p.m. Game No. 2: No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Minnesota ESPN
  8 p.m. Game No. 3:  (if nec) ESPN2

Networks and times are subject to change
The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive Game 3 (if nec)

ESPN Women’s College World Series Television Schedule (May 29 – June 4)
Commentators will be announced after the Super Regionals

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thurs, May 29 Noon WCWS: Game No. 1 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 2 ESPN
  7:00 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 3 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 4 ESPN2
Friday, May 30 7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 5 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 6 ESPN2
Sat, May 31 Noon WCWS: Game No. 7 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 8 ESPN2
  7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 9 ESPN
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 10 ESPN
Sun, June 1 1 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 11 ESPN
  3:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 12 ESPN
  7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 13( if nec) ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 14 (if nec) ESPNU
Mon, June 2 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 1 ESPN2
Tue, June 3 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 2 ESPN
Wed, June 4 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN

Networks and times are subject to change

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