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Olympic Gold Medalists, All-Americans and Women’s College World Series Champions are Analysts for ESPN’s College Softball Coverage

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  • Two-Time All-American Amanda Scarborough, Two-Time Gold Medalist Michele Smith the Lead Analysts
  • 2016 Co-Big 12 Player of the Year Erin Miller and Three-Time All-American Rainey Gaffin New This Season; Cast of Accomplished Analysts Return
  • ESPN to Carry More than 750 Games This Season

ESPN’s industry-leading college softball schedule will have the sport’s most-accomplished analysts accompanying its telecasts once again this season. Former Olympic Medalists, All-Americans, Players of the Year, and Women’s College World Series Champions headline ESPN’s roster which will call the company’s more than 100 game TV schedule, which begins in earnest this weekend and continues into May. Factoring in all its networks, ESPN will carry more than 750 games this college softball season in addition to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

Scarborough and Smith Return as Top Analysts
Amanda Scarborough and Michele Smith are ESPN’s lead analysts for the regular season and into the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. Scarborough was two-time All-American at Texas A&M (2005, 2007), Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year (2005) and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year (2007). Also, she helped lead Texas A&M to their first WCWS appearance in over 20 years in 2007. The Texas native joined ESPN shortly after her playing career ended and has been part of the Women’s College World Series coverage in recent years.

Smith has been a staple of ESPN’s college softball coverage for many years and played an integral part in the growth of the sport and the Women’s College World Series. The decorated former player is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000) and an ASA Hall of Fame member. Her career turned global when she headed to Japan, playing lengthy 16-year professional career.

Deep Roster Highlights ESPN’s Softball Television Coverage
ESPN returns a number of analysts from previous seasons’ coverage, while also welcoming in some of college softball’s most recent stars:

New Analysts This Season

    • College: Tennessee
    • Honors: Two-time All-American (2015, 2016); Two-Time SEC All-Defensive Team (2015, 2016)
  • Erin Miller
    • College: Oklahoma
    • Honors: Co-Big 12 Player of the Year (2016); Top 10 Finalists for 2016 Senior Class Award (2016)

Returning Analysts

  • Kayla Braud 
    • College: Alabama
    • Honors: Three-time All-American (2011, 2012 and 2013); WCWS Champion with the Crimson Tide (2012)
  • Carol Bruggeman
    • 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
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (1996) Four-time National Champion, winning three as a player (1993, 1994, and 1996) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)
    • College: Missouri Western State University
    • Honors: National Champion at MWSU and MVP of National Championship; two-time Women’s Major’s National Champion; World Cup Champion with Team USA
  • Danielle Lawrie
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Jennie Ritter
    • College: Michigan
    • Honors: Two-time All-American (2004, 2005); USA Softball Player of the Year in 2005; Women’s College World Series Champion (2005)
  • Leigh Dakich
    • 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

Adam Amin, Trey Bender, Erin Collins, Trey Denning, Jenn Hildreth, Melissa Lee, Courtney Lyle, Beth Mowins, Mark Neely and Pam Ward will call the majority of play-by-play throughout the season.

ESPN’s 2017 College Softball Television Schedule

Date Time Game Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. Missouri at No. 1 Florida
Jenn Hildreth, Michele Smith
ESPNU
  1 p.m. South Carolina at No. 13 Tennessee

Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill

SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Texas A&M

Courtney Lyle, Cheri Kempf

SEC Network
  6 p.m. Arkansas at No. 9 Alabama
Trey Bender, Leigh Dakich
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 12 LSU at No. 4 Auburn
Tom Hart, Amanda Scarborough
SEC Network
March 12 1 p.m. South Carolina at No. 13 Tennessee
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
SEC Network
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 5 Texas A&M
Cortney Lyle, Cheri Kempf
SEC Network
  5 p.m. No. 12 LSU at No. 4 Auburn
Tom Hart, Amanda Scarborough
SEC Network
  6 p.m. Missouri at No. 1 Florida
Jenn Hildreth, Michele Smith
ESPNU
March 13 7 p.m. No. 25 Missouri at No. 1 Florida
Jenn Hildreth, Michele Smith
SEC Network
March 17 6 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU
March 18 Noon. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 17 Georgia SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 17 Georgia  SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 17 Georgia SEC Network
March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at No. 13 Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6 p.m. No. 22 Ole Miss at No. 13 Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 1 Florida ESPN2
March 26 1 p.m. Missouri at No. 5 Texas A&M ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 1 Florida ESPN2
March 27 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 1 Florida SEC Network
March 29 7 p.m. Oklahoma State at No. 24 Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4 p.m. No. 9 Alabama at Missouri  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Georgia  ESPN
April 2 2 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Auburn at No. 10 Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at No. 22 Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 5 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7 p.m. No. 5 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. Notre Dame at No. 18 Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. No. 22 Ole Miss at No. 4 Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Alabama  SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Alabama  ESPN2
  5:00 p.m. No.3 Oregon at UCLA  ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 17 Georgia at No. 1 Florida SEC Network
April 10 7 p.m. No. 17 Georgia at No. 1 Florida SEC Network
April 12 7 p.m. No. 2 Florida State at No. 1 Florida SEC Network
April 13 6 p.m. South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 24 Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6 p.m. No. 9 Alabama at No. 13 Tennessee SEC Network
April 16 3 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama at No. 13 Tennessee SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama at No. 13 Tennessee SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m. No. 18 Louisiana-Monroe at No. 24 Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2
  5 p.m. No. 3 Oregon at No. 6 Arizona ESPN2
  6 p.m. No. 17 Georgia at No. 5 Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 24 Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at No. 1 Florida SEC Network
  Noon No. 2 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1 p.m. No. 15 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 13 Tennessee at No. 12 LSU SEC Network
  3 p.m. No. 3 Oregon at No. 6 Arizona  ESPN2
  7 p.m. No. 24 Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7 p.m. No. 24 Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 2 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  8:p.m. Missouri  at LSU ESPN2
April 30 1 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 13 Tennessee ESPN2
  3 p.m. Missouri at  No. 12 LSU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 1 7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6 p.m. LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  9 p.m. No. 6 Arizona at UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 9 Alabama ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 15 Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4  p.m. No. 6 Arizona  at UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
  8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN

*Air time later than game time

Rankings per USA Softball (March 7)

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