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#MAYhem: College Softball’s Biggest Month Begins with More than 60 Conference Tournament Games, 11 Championship Games on ESPN’s Networks

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  • ACC, American, ASUN, Big South, Horizon, MAC, Missouri Valley, SEC, Southern, Southland, and Sun Belt Championship Games
  • Every Game from ACC, ASUN, Horizon, Missouri Valley, SEC, Sun Belt Tournaments
  • SEC Now Live from Knoxville
  • ESPN2 Airs NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special on May 14

College softball #MAYhem begins on ESPN’s networks with more than 60 conference tournament games in four-action packed days (May 10-13), including 11 conference championship games, leading into the NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special Presented by Capital One on Sunday, May 14, on ESPN2 (10 p.m. ET).

Conference Championships on ESPN’s Networks
ESPN’s networks will have conference championship games from the American, ASUN, ACC, Big South, Horizon, MAC, Missouri Valley, SEC, Southern, Southland, and Sun Belt tournaments. ESPN will televise the American Conference (noon), ACC (2 p.m.) and SEC (8 p.m.) on Saturday, May 13.  That same day, ESPN3 streams the Big South (noon), Horizon League (1 p.m.), MAC (1 p.m.), Southern (1 p.m.), Missouri Valley (2 p.m.), ASUN (2 p.m.), and Sun Belt (6 p.m.).

The Big South (2:30 p.m.), Horizon League (3:30 p.m.), MAC (3:30 p.m.), Southern (3:30 p.m.) and ASUN (4:30 p.m.) could also all play a second championship game on Saturday, which are currently deemed “if necessary.” The Southland tournament could conclude on Friday, May 12, (4 p.m.) on ESPN3, with an “if necessary” game scheduled for Saturday (noon).

Please note: All conference brackets are hyperlinked above

Every Game from ACC, Atlantic Sun, Horizon, Missouri Valley, SEC, Sun Belt Tournaments Available
ESPN’s networks will make every game from the ACC, Atlantic Sun, Horizon, Missouri Valley, SEC and Sun Belt tournaments available with each tournament beginning Wednesday, May 10, except for the ACC and Missouri Valley which begin Thursday, May 11. SEC Network airs the first round (Wednesday) and quarterfinals (Thursday) of its tournament before the semifinals move to ESPNU (Friday, May 12). ACC Network Extra streams the quarterfinals (Thursday) and semifinals (Friday, May 12) of its conference tournament and ESPN3 will stream the entire ASUN, Horizon, Missouri Valley and Sun Belt tournaments. Preliminary round action from the Big South will also be streamed on ESPN3, beginning on Friday.

SEC Now Live from Knoxville
In addition to televising the first and quarterfinal rounds, SEC Network will have a studio presence in Knoxville, Tenn. SEC Now airs its first episode from beyond the outfield wall at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. prior to the tournament’s first quarterfinal game between Arkansas and Alabama. A new edition of the show will then air in-between each first round and quarterfinal game (approx. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.) on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and conclude with a one-hour recap show (approx. 9:30 p.m.) both nights.

SEC Now airs Friday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m., leading into the semifinals on ESPNU. Following Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s championship game, SEC Now recaps of the day’s action at 10 p.m.

In Knoxville, Peter Burns will anchor the afternoon editions, while Laura Rutledge handles the evening episodes. Kayla Braud and Rainey Gaffin will be the analysts for all the onsite editions.

NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special Presented by Capital One
Host Beth Mowins and analysts Amanda Scarborough and Michele Smith  will unveil the 64-team NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket throughout the NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special on Sunday, May 14, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2. During the one-hour special, Smith and Scarborough will analyze the field, preview each region and determine teams likely to advance. Head coaches from teams named to the field are expected to join the show.

College Softball Featured
College Softball Featured will also be shown throughout the week on ESPNU. The 30-minute special will feature a compilation of college softball features that have been produced throughout the season, highlighting the sport’s best stories.

Date Time (ET)
May 11 7 p.m.
May 12 5 p.m.
May 12 8:30 p.m.
May 14 9:30 p.m.

ESPN’s Coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship
ESPN will be the home of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, with every game of the Super Regionals and WCWS televised and the majority of games from the Regionals expected to be covered. Complete details will be announced next week.

ESPN’s Conference Tournament Schedule
Also Streamed on WatchESPN

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Wed, May 10 11 a.m. Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
Noon SEC Softball Tournament
Arkansas vs. Alabama
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
1 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
3:30 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
4 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
South Carolina at Kentucky
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
SEC Network
6 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
6:30 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Missouri at LSU
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
SEC Network
Thu, May 11 11 a.m. ACC Softball Tournament*
Quarterfinal
ACC Network Extra
ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
Noon SEC Softball Tournament
Arkansas/Alabama vs. Texas A&M
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
1 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
1:30 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament*
Quarterfinal
ACC Network Extra
ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
2 p.m. ACC Softball Championship
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN
2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Mississippi State/Ole Miss vs. Florida
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
SEC Network
MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
4 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
South Carolina/Kentucky vs. Auburn
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
SEC Network
ACC Softball Tournament*
Quarterfinal
ACC Network Extra
6 p.m. Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Semifinals
Beth Mowins, Amanda Scarborough, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPNU
6:30 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Missouri/LSU vs. Tennessee
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
SEC Network
ACC Softball Tournament*
Quarterfinal
ACC Network Extra
Fri, May 12 Noon MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
Big South Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sun Belt Softball Tournament p ESPN3
1 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament*
Semifinal
ACC Network Extra
Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
1:30 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
2:30 p.m. MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
Big South Softball Tournament ESPN3
3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Semifinals
Beth Mowins, Amanda Scarborough, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPNU
Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
3:30 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament*
Semifinal
ACC Network Extra
Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
4 p.m. Atlantic Sun Softball Tournament ESPN3
Southland Softball Tournament Championship Game ESPN3
5 p.m. MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
Big South Softball Tournament ESPN3
5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament
Beth Mowins, Amanda Scarborough, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPNU
6 p.m. Sun Belt Softball Tournament ESPN3
Horizon Softball Tournament ESPN3
6:30 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament ESPN3
7:30 p.m. MVC Softball Tournament ESPN3
Sat, May 13 Noon American Softball Championship
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN
Big South Softball Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
Southland Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
1 p.m. MAC Softball Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
Horizon Softball Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
Southern Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
2 p.m. ACC Softball Championship
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN
MVC Softball Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
ASUN Softball Tournament
Championship Game
ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Big South Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
3:30 p.m. MAC Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
Horizon Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
Southern Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
4:30 p.m. ASUN Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
6 p.m. Sun Belt Softball Tournament**
Championship Game
ESPN3
8 p.m. SEC Softball Championship
Beth Mowins, Amanda Scarborough, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN

*Not exclusive
**If necessary game  

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner