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ESPN’s 2018 College Baseball Television Schedule Comprises Record Number of Regular Season Games

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  • More than 800 Games Throughout the Season on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN App
  • 23 of 25 Ranked Teams Live on ESPN Networks
  • Industry-Leading Regular Season Leads into Complete Division I NCAA Baseball Championship Coverage – Every Game from Regionals, Super Regionals and College World Series
  • Defending NCAA Champion Florida Featured in More Than 40 Matchups, including Sunshine Showdown vs. No. 5 Florida State

ESPN will showcase more than 800 NCAA baseball games during the 2018 regular season across ESPN’s networks, including a record 161 games slated for television. During the postseason, on top of carrying five conference championship games and the entire Southeastern Conference tournament, 153 games will be telecast across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and the SEC Network and available on the ESPN App. In addition, the ESPN App will exclusively stream more than 450 games in 2018.

More than 75 percent of the televised games include a team in the USA Today Coaches Poll Top 25*, while 76 games feature the preseason Top 10 and 29 games highlight at least one Top 5 team. Twenty-three of the preseason Top 25 will appear on ESPN networks during the season.

ESPN is coming off one of the most-watched College World Series telecasts in history, achieving numerous total live audience viewership highs and shattering streaming records over the 10 days in Omaha. The two-game CWS Finals was the second-most watched sweep in the event’s history.

2018 College Baseball Schedule Highlights:

  • Top-Ranked Tussles: The schedule includes 71 matchups of two ranked teams, highlighted by the following games:
    • 9 LSU at No. 10 Vanderbilt (March 23-25)
    • 6 Arkansas at No. 1 Florida (March 24-25)
    • 5 Florida State vs. No. 1 Florida (March 27)
    • 25 NC State at No. 7 North Carolina (April 17)
    • 1 Florida at No. 8 Kentucky (April 19-20)
    • 3 Texas Tech at No. 4 TCU (April 28-29)
    • 6 Arkansas at No. 9 LSU (May 5)
    • 14 UCLA at No. 2 Oregon State (May 26)
  • ACC Mondays Kick Off Conference Coverage: ESPNU and ACC Network Extra will once again team up to showcase a battle among ACC opponents most Mondays throughout conference play, including No. 21 Clemson hosting No. 5 Florida State on Monday, May 7.
    • Florida State and Boston College will face off at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 21 on ESPNU to honor former Eagles captain Pete Frates in the Seventh Annual ALS Awareness Game. Frates was diagnosed with the disease in March of 2012 and ticket proceeds from the game will benefit the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative.
  • SEC Network Showcases 76 Games: SEC Thursday Night Baseball continues on ESPNU and SEC Network, featuring a preseason Top 25 team nearly every week of the regular season. In addition, the SEC Network schedule also airs a Bases Loaded special on the opening night of conference play, March 16, and will team up with ESPNU to televise the final weekend of conference action, May 17-19.
  • Big 12 Bolstered by Big Matchups: Once again, ESPN expands its coverage of the Big 12, televising its largest selection of Big 12 matchups across all ESPN networks. One of the most anticipated conference showdowns of the season will air on ESPNU, as No. 4 TCU welcomes No. 3 Texas Tech to Fort Worth on April 28 and 29.
  • Hook ‘Em: Longhorn Network, the home of Texas baseball, will televise more than 30 home games this season including major contests against No. 16 Stanford (March 8-11) and No. 4 TCU (May 18-19). LHN adds a dozen Big 12 matchups to ESPN’s overall conference coverage and the No. 20 Longhorns will appear on ESPN networks a total of 39 times, starting with the Texas Alumni Game on Saturday, Feb. 3.
  • Championship Central: American, ACC, Big South, SEC and SWAC Championship games will all air on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS.
  • Home of the Postseason: ESPN will cover up to 153 postseason games beginning with NCAA Regionals. ESPNU starts the slate with the NCAA Baseball Selection Show on Monday, May 28 at noon. Complete postseason coverage will be announced at a later date.
  • ESPN App: The network-leading 450+ game schedule for streaming on the ESPN App begins in February, with action surrounding 13 different conferences — Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy League, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt and Western Athletic.

Studio shows and on-air commentators, as well as a full streaming schedule, will be announced at a later date.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Feb 3 3 p.m. Texas Alumni Game LHN
Fri, Feb 16 7:30 p.m. Louisiana at Texas LHN
Sat, Feb 17 3:30 p.m. Louisiana at Texas LHN
Sun, Feb 18 2 p.m. Louisiana at Texas LHN
Wed, Feb 21 8:30 p.m. Lamar at Texas LHN
Tue, Feb 27 7:30 p.m. UTSA at Texas LHN
Fri, March 2 8 p.m. Northwestern at Texas LHN
Sat, Mar 3 2:30 p.m. Northwestern at Texas LHN
  6 p.m. Northwestern at Texas LHN
Sun, Mar 4 2:30 p.m. Northwestern at Texas LHN
Thu, Mar 8 7:30 p.m. Stanford at Texas LHN
Fri, Mar 9 7:30 p.m. Stanford at Texas LHN
Sat, Mar 10 3:30 p.m. Stanford at Texas LHN
Sun, Mar 11 2 p.m. Stanford at Texas LHN
Tue, Mar 13 8 p.m. Texas at Arkansas SEC Network
Fri, Mar 16 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
Fri, Mar 16 7:30 p.m. Texas at Kansas LHN
Sat, Mar 17 2 p.m. Georgia at Alabama SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Texas at Kansas LHN
  7 p.m. Missouri at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Mar 18 1 p.m. Florida at South Carolina ESPNU
  2 p.m. Texas at Kansas LHN
  3 p.m. Georgia at Alabama SEC Network
Tue, Mar 20 7 p.m. Arkansas State at Missouri SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Sam Houston State at Texas LHN
Thu, Mar 22 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M SEC Network
  8 p.m. Gonzaga at BYU ESPNU
Fri, Mar 23 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M SEC Network
  8 p.m. OSU at Texas LHN
  9 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Sat, Mar 24 Noon Arkansas at Florida ESPN2
  Auburn at Kentucky SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. OSU at Texas LHN
  5 p.m. Alabama at Tennessee SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Sun, Mar 25 Noon Arkansas at Florida SEC Network
  1 p.m. LSU at Vanderbilt ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. OSU at Texas LHN
  3 p.m. Alabama at Tennessee SEC Network
Tue, Mar 27 6 p.m. Florida State vs. Florida SEC Network
Thu, Mar 29 7:30 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina ESPNU
  8 p.m. Mississippi State at LSU SEC Network
Fri, Mar 30 7 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina SEC Network
  9 p.m. TCU at Oklahoma State ESPNU
Sat, Mar 31 Noon Vanderbilt at Florida ESPNU
  2 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. Missouri at Auburn SEC Network
  7 p.m. TCU at Oklahoma State ESPNU
Sun, Apr 1 Noon Vanderbilt at Florida SEC Network
  3 p.m. Missouri at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Apr 2 7:30 p.m. McNeese State at Texas LHN
Tue, Apr 3 7 p.m. North Carolina vs. South Carolina SEC Network
Thu, Apr 5 7 p.m. Georgia at Vanderbilt ESPNU
  8 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network
Fri, Apr 6 7 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Baylor at Texas LHN
Sat, Apr 7 5 p.m. Baylor at Texas LHN
  6 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. Oklahoma at TCU ESPNU
Sun, Apr 8 Noon Florida at Tennessee SEC Network
  2 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. Baylor at Texas LHN
  5 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas SEC Network
Mon, Apr 9 7 p.m. Duke at Wake Forest ESPNU
Tue, Apr 10 3 p.m. Notre Dame at Michigan State ESPNU
  7 p.m. Texas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Wed, Apr 11 4 p.m. UT Martin at Tennessee SEC Network
Thu, Apr 12 7 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
  9 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M ESPNU
Fri, Apr 13 Noon Oregon State at Missouri State ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn SEC Network
Sat, Apr 14 7 p.m. Kentucky at Georgia SEC Network
  9 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma ESPNU
Sun, Apr 15 Noon Kentucky at Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma ESPN2
  Iowa at Nebraska ESPNU
  5 p.m. Tennessee at LSU SEC Network
  Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPNU
Tue, Apr 17 6:30 p.m. NC State vs. North Carolina ESPNU
  7 p.m. Clemson at Georgia SEC Network
  8 p.m. UTRGV at Texas LHN
Thu, Apr 19 7 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Missouri ESPNU
Fri, Apr 20 7:30 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. University of New Orleans at Texas LHN
  10 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal Poly ESPNU
Sat, Apr 21 3 p.m. Florida State vs. Boston College ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. University of New Orleans at Texas LHN
  8 p.m. Auburn at Alabama SEC Network
Sun, Apr 22 2:30 p.m. University of New Orleans at Texas LHN
Tue, Apr 24 6 p.m. Coastal Carolina at North Carolina ESPNU
  7 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Houston at Texas LHN
Wed, Apr 25 7 p.m. Indiana at Purdue ESPNU
  Texas Tech at Arkansas SEC Network
Thu, Apr 26 7 p.m. Auburn at Florida ESPNU
  8 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, Apr 27 7:30 p.m. Missouri at Kentucky SEC Network
Sat, Apr 28 4 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss ESPNU
  8 p.m. Texas Tech at TCU ESPNU
Sun, Apr 29 2 p.m. Texas Tech at TCU ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State SEC Network
Tue, May 1 7 p.m. Louisville at Vanderbilt SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Texas State at Texas LHN
Thu, May 3 7 p.m. Georgia at Missouri SEC Network
Sat, May 5 2 p.m. Texas at Texas Tech ESPNU
  5 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
  8 p.m. Arkansas at LSU SEC Network
  9 p.m. Evansville at Dallas Baptist ESPNU
Sun, May 6 Noon Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M ESPN2
  4 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPNU
Mon, May 7 7 p.m. Florida State at Clemson ESPNU
Thu, May 10 7 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss ESPNU
Fri, May 11 Noon Savannah State at Bethune Cookman ESPNU
  7 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky ESPNU
Sat, May 12 1 p.m. Georgia at Florida SEC Network
  2 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN2
  5 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky SEC Network
  8 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Sun, May 13 Noon Vanderbilt at Tennessee SEC Network
  1 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPN2
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky SEC Network
Mon, May 14 7 p.m. Georgia Tech at Virginia ESPNU
Tue, May 15 7 p.m. Indiana State at Missouri SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Texas State at Texas LHN
Thu, May 17 7 p.m. SEC Wildcard ESPNU
  SEC Wildcard SEC Network
Fri, May 18 7 p.m. Wildcard/Bases Loaded SEC Network
  7 p.m. SEC Wildcard ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. TCU at Texas LHN
Sat, May 19 Noon SEC Wildcard SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. TCU at Texas LHN
  3 p.m. SEC Wildcard SEC Network
  4:30 p.m. SEC Wildcard ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Penn State at Iowa ESPNU
Sun, May 20 Noon SWAC Baseball Championship ESPNU
Tue, May 22 10:30 a.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  9 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 23 10:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  9 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 24 10:30 a.m. SEC Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
  2 p.m. SEC Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
  8 p.m. CSU Fullerton at Long Beach State ESPNU
  9 p.m. SEC Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
Fri, May 25 4 p.m. SEC Tournament – Fourth Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Fourth Round SEC Network
Sat, May 26 Noon Big South Baseball Championship ESPNU
  1 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal SEC Network
  4:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal SEC Network
  5 p.m. UCLA at Oregon State ESPNU
Sun, May 27 Noon ACC Baseball Championship ESPN2
  American Baseball Championship ESPNEWS
  3 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship ESPN2

 

*Rankings based on USA Today Coaches Poll as of January 25, 2018