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All Roads Lead to OKC: ESPN Presents Every Inning of the Women’s College World Series

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  • Top 8 National Seeds Vie for the Championship
  • WCWS Studio Coverage Live From USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field; SEC Now Also Live from Oklahoma City
  • Pinnacle of ESPN’s Coverage of Every Game of the Post Season

For the 18th consecutive season, ESPN will televise every game of the Women’s College World Series live from USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City. The action begins Thursday, May 31, with a four-day, eight-team, double-elimination round-robin, advancing two teams to the WCWS Finals. The best-of-three championship series begins Monday, June 4, and concludes with the crowning of the National Champion on Tuesday, June 5, or Wednesday, June 6.

The Field: All Top Eight National Seeds Including Defending Champions Oklahoma Sooners
For only the third time ever, each of the top eight national seeds will make the trip to Oklahoma City, led by the No. 1 Oregon Ducks. The two-time defending National Champion Oklahoma Sooners will make their 12th WCWS appearance seeded fourth in the tournament. Joining Oregon and Oklahoma are No. 2 Florida, No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Florida State, No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 Arizona State.

Oregon will open play against Arizona State (noon ET), followed by No. 5 Washington vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (2:30 p.m.) with both games on ESPN. The evening games will feature No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 2 Florida (7 p.m.) and No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 UCLA (9:30 p.m.). Those in the winner’s bracket will play on Friday, June 1, (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) and games continue on Saturday, June 2, (noon, 2:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.). All Friday and Saturday games are scheduled to air on ESPN. On Sunday, June 3, the schedule will feature at least two games (1p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on ESPN and two “if necessary” games (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) airing on ESPN2.

Game one of the WCWS Championship Series will be Monday, June 4, (7 p.m.) followed by game two on Tuesday, June 5 (8 p.m.). If necessary, a decisive game three will air Wednesday, June 6 (8:30 p.m.). The entire series is scheduled to air on ESPN.

The complete Women’s College World Series bracket is available here.

ESPN’s WCWS Commentator Teams
During the double-elimination rounds of the tournament, ESPN will feature two commentator teams. WCWS veterans Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Michele Smith (Analyst), Jessica Mendoza (Analyst) and Holly Rowe will call the prime-time matchups. Adam Amin (play-by-play), Amanda Scarborough (analyst) and Laura Rutledge (reporter) will call the early games for their fourth consecutive season.

Mowins, Smith, Mendoza and Row will also call the entire WCWS Championship Series. This will mark Mowins’ 25th WCWS, Smith’s 15th, Mendoza’s 12th and Rowe’s 15th.

More on ESPN’s Softball Analysts:

  • Jessica Mendoza
    • 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 the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Michele Smith
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, 2000) and eight time Japan Pro League MVP.
  • Amanda Scarborough
    • 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).

WCWS and SEC Now Studio Presence in OKC
For the first time, the Women’s College World Series Studio coverage will originate from Oklahoma City, live from Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field. ESPN’s Molly McGrath will anchor throughout the tournament alongside softball analysts Kayla Braud and Danielle Lawrie. Braud was a national champion and a three-time All-American during her softball career at Alabama and Lawrie was a national champion and an All-American during her softball career at Washington. McGrath, Braud and Lawrie will update fans on the day’s action during pre and post-game segments.

SEC Now, the home for Southeastern Conference news and information on SEC Network, will also be live from the OKC beginning Thursday, May 31, through Saturday, June 2. Each edition over the three days will begin immediately following the completion of the last game for the day.  SEC Network host Peter Burns will anchor each show alongside Braud.  Should an SEC team advance to the WCWS Championship Series, SEC Now will have a continued presence with plans to be announced as the event progresses.

espnW
espnW writers Graham Hays and Katie Barnes will be on site for the entire tournament to provide the most timely scores, highlights, news and analysis.

espnW will also present a digital photo booth on Sunday, June 3, at the WCWS Fan Fest at the USA Softball Hall of Fan Stadium.  Fans can share fun photos via social media in the digital photo booth, play games and win espnW merchandise from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. CT. The WCWS Fan Fest event is free and open to the public. More information available here.

7Innings Podcast
Fans can keep up with all of the action thanks to 7Innings, a weekly softball podcast that has chronicled the Road to the WCWS during the 2018 season. Each week ESPN personalities covering the sport have highlighted the teams and players that make the sport so special. The talent line-up includes the members of the WCWS commentator teams: Mowins, Smith, Mendoza, Scarborough, Rowe, Rutledge and Amin.

The WCWS edition of 7Innings will post on Wednesday, May 30, and is available via iTunes and Google Play. As an added bonus, shorter editions called “Extra Innings” will be available every morning of the WCWS.

2018 Women’s College World Series Schedule

Date Time Game Network
Thu, May 31 Noon No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 1 Oregon
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  2:30 p.m. No. 5 Washington vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 2 Florida
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 3 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
Fri, June 1 7 p.m. No. 5 Washington vs. No. 1 Oregon 
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  9:30 p.m. No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 2 Florida
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Sat, June 2 Noon No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 8
No. 7 Georgia at No. 6 Florida State
ESPN
  7 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 9
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 10
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Sun, June 3 1 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 11
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  3:30 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 12
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
  7 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 13*
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough, Laura Rutledge
ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Game 14*
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
Mon, June 4 7 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Championship Game No. 1
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Tues, June 5 8 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Championship Game No. 2
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Wed, June 6 8:30 p.m. Women’s College World Series: Championship Game No. 3*
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN

*If Necessary
Networks and commentators subject to change.

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