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The Field is Set! ESPN Covers Every Game from All 16 NCAA Division I Softball Regionals

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  • Up to 112 Total Games Across Four Days
  • Oregon Ducks Enter as No.1 Seed; Reigning National Champions Oklahoma Sooners No. 4 Seed
  • Added Elements: Bases Loaded, Rally Cap, 7Innings Podcast, espnW

For the second year, ESPN will cover every game from all 16 regional sites of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, providing softball fans with up to 112 games on ESPN networks from Thursday, May 17, to Sunday, May 20. Games will be available on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and ESPN3.

Continuing its longstanding commitment to the sport of college softball, ESPN will televise every game from the Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series (WCWS) for the 12th and 18th consecutive season, respectively.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Field
The field of 64 teams—determined by the NCAA Division I Softball Committee—was announced Sunday, May 13, on ESPN’s NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special Presented by Capital One. The top-16 seeded teams will serve as hosts with regional play taking place on their home fields. Each regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament with one team advancing to the Super Regional Round (May 24-27), reducing the field of 64 teams to just 16.

The Oregon Ducks take over as the No. 1 seed in the championship after the No. 2 seed Florida Gators held the top spot for the years prior. The remaining teams hosting regionals are: No. 3 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional), No. 4 Oklahoma (Norman Regional), No. 5 Washington (Seattle Regional), No. 6 Florida State (Tallahassee), No. 7 Georgia (Athens Regional), No. 8 Arizona State (Tempe Regional), No. 9 South Carolina (Columbia Regional), No. 10 Tennessee (Knoxville Regional), No. 11 LSU (Baton Rouge Regional), No. 12 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional), No. 13 Arkansas (Fayetteville Regional), No. 14 Arizona (Tucson Regional), No. 15 Texas A&M (College Station Regional), No. 16 Kentucky (Lexington Regional).

Shaggin’ Stats

  • The SEC received the most bids for the fourth consecutive year with all 13 schools selected, followed by the Pac-12 with seven teams receiving bids.
  • Four schools are making their first appearance in the tournament: Boise State, Kennesaw State, Monmouth, and Prairie View.
  • National Seeds: 12 of the 16 seeded teams from last year’s tournament return as national seeds this year; Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Washington.
  • Arkansas and South Carolina will host a regional as a national seed for the first time in program history.
  • UCLA will make is 34th tournament appearance—the most of any school.

The A-Team
ESPN’s team of softball analysts includes highly-decorated, former college, professional and Olympic softball players.

  • Leah Amico –  Los Angeles 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
  • Carol Bruggeman– Norman Regional
    • 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 (1997)
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill– Lexington 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)
  • Leigh Dakich– Tuscaloosa Regional
    • 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
  • Francesca Enea – Knoxville Regional  
    • College:Florida
    • Honors: National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American (2008 and 2009); All- Southeastern Conference Second Team (2009); WCWS All-Tournament team (2008).
  • Kenzie Fowler– Eugene Regional
    • College:Arizona
    • Honors: 38-9 record, 1.53 ERA and 371 strikeouts in 284.1 innings as a freshman at Arizona, helping lead the Wildcats to the WCWS Finals
  • Amanda Freed – College Station 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
  • Cheri Kempf– Tallahassee Regional
    • College:Missouri Western State
    • Honors:National Champion, National MVP and played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992)
    • Commissioner of National Professional Fastpitch (NPF) since 2007
  • Danielle Lawrie– Tucson Regional
    • College:Washington
    • Honors:National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Erin Miller – Gainesville Regional
    • College:Oklahoma
    • Honors: Co-Big 12 Player of the Year (2016); Top 10 Finalist for 2016 Senior Class Award (2016);  Two-time National Champion (2013, ’16); All-American (2016)
  • Jennie RitterFayetteville Regional
    • College:Michigan
    • Honors:National Championship (2005), played for USA National Team (2007) in the World Cup  and Pan American games
  • Amanda Scarborough– Tempe 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– Seattle Regional
    • College:Oklahoma State
    • Honors:Two-time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00)  and eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Megan Willis– Athens Regional
    • College:Texas
    • Honors:Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2006, ‘07); Played in National Fastpitch League

ESPN’s play-by-play commentators will be as follows:  Tyler Bender (Los Angeles Regional), Kevin Brown (Gainesville Regional), Cara Capuano (Tallahassee Regional), Eric Collins (Seattle Regional), Tyler Denning (College Station Regional), Ted Enberg (Eugene Regional), Eric Frede (Fayetteville Regional), Tiffany Greene (Tempe Regional), Melissa Lee (Tuscaloosa Regional), Alex Loeb (Athens Regional), Courtney Lyle (Lexington), Mark Neely (Tuscon), Alex Perlman (Knoxville) and Pam Ward (Norman).

Something for Everyone
Bases Loaded
For the fourth consecutive season, ESPN’s NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regional coverage will be enhanced by the addition of the Bases Loaded viewing option—look-ins to multiple live games throughout the day while also providing up-to-the-minute recaps of the full tournament. John Brickley (Friday) and Matt Schick (Saturday and Sunday) will host, with Kayla Braud, who helped lead Alabama to the 2012 WCWS National Championship, will provide the analysis.

Friday, May 18:
Airs from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET on Bases Loaded channel and streamed on ESPN3.

Time (ET) Network
2-2:30 p.m. ESPNU
2-3 p.m. ESPN2
4:30-5 p.m. ESPNU

Saturday, May 19:
Airs from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Bases Loaded channel and streamed on ESPN3.

Time (ET) Network
2.-2:30 p.m. ESPN and ESPN 2
4:30-5 p.m. ESPN and ESPN2
7-7:30 p.m. ESPN2
9:30-10 p.m. ESPN2

Sunday, May 20:
Airs from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Bases Loaded channel and streamed on ESPN3.

Time (ET) Network
2-2:30p.m. ESPN and ESPN2
4:30-5 p.m. ESPNU  and ESPN2
4:30-6 p.m. ESPN
9-9:30 p.m. ESPN2 and ESPNU

 

**Times for Bases Loaded are subject to change depending on length of games.

Rally Cap
SEC Network’s weekly baseball and softball highlight and analysis show Rally Cap will air Sunday, May 20 at 11 or 11:30 p.m. depending on game scheduling. Softball Analyst Kayla Braud will join host Dari Nowkhah and baseball analyst David Dellucci to bring fans the very best from the softball regionals and the final week of the NCAA Baseball regular season.

7Innings Podcast
Fans can keep up with all of the action thanks to 7Innings, a weekly softball podcast chronicling the Road to the WCWS. Each week ESPN personalities covering the sport shine a spotlight on the teams and players that make the sport so special. The talent line-up includes Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Amanda Scarborough, Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge and Adam Amin.

The most recent edition posted immediately following the NCAA Softball Selection Special Presented By Capital One and is available via iTunes and Google Play. New, full-length, editions will be available every Wednesday leading into the WCWS and as an added bonus, shorter editions called “Extra Innings” will be available every morning of the WCWs.

espnW
espnW will continue to provide in-depth softball coverage throughout the post-season beginning with Graham Hays’ breakdown of the this year’s bracket.  Hays will also provide highlights, news and analysis throughout this weekend’s schedule.

ESPN’s 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Schedule

Regional Round (May17-20)

Please Note: All games from the 16 regional sites will be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, or ESPN3. As of now, only networks for Thursday and Friday’s games have been determined. Please check espnW’s schedule and results page and NCAA.com for the updated schedule throughout the weekend.

 Eugene Regional

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, May 17 6 p.m. BYU vs. Drake ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Albany vs. No. 1 Oregon ESPN3
Fri, May 18 6 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  8:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  11 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sat, May 19 7 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  9:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Lexington Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 Noon Notre Dame vs. Michigan ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. UIC vs. No. 16 Kentucky ESPN3
Sat, May 19 Noon Game 3 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 Noon Game 6 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Tempe Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 7 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Long Beach State ESPN
  9:30 p.m. New Mexico State vs. No. 8 Arizona State ESPN3
Sat, May 19 5 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  10 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 9:30 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  12 a.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Seattle Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 9 p.m. Texas vs. Minnesota ESPN
  11:30 p.m. Boise State vs. No. 5 Washington ESPNU
Sat, May 19 5 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  10 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 7 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  9:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Norman Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 4:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Missouri ESPN3
  7 p.m. Boston University vs. No. 4 Oklahoma ESPN2
Sat, May 19 5 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  10 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 5 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Los Angeles Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 8:30 p.m. Cal State Fullerton vs. Texas State ESPN3
  11 p.m. Sacramento State vs. No. 3 UCLA ESPN2
Sat, May 19 5 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  10 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 7 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  9:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Tallahassee Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 Noon Kennesaw State vs. Auburn ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Jacksonville State vs. No. 6 Florida State ESPN3
Sat, May 19 Noon Game 3 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 Noon Game 6 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Knoxville Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 3 p.m. Ohio vs. James Madison ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Monmouth vs. No. 10 Tennessee ESPN3
Sat, May 19 Noon Game 3 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 1 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  3:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Baton Rouge Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 4 p.m. Houston vs. Louisiana ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Fordham vs. No. 11 LSU ESPN3
Sat, May 19 1 p.m. Game 3 ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Game 4 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 20 2 p.m. Game 6 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) ESPN3

 

Columbia Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 5 p.m. Liberty vs. Hofstra ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. UNCG vs. No. 9 South Carolina ESPN3
Sat, May 19 1 p.m. Game 3 ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Game 4 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 20 4 p.m. Game 6 ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) ESPN3

 

Athens Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 Noon Northwestern vs. Cal ESPNU
  2:30 p.m. Harvard vs. No. 7 Georgia SECN
Sat, May 19 2:30 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 Noon Game 6 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD


Tuscaloosa Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 7 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Oregon State ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee vs. No. 12 Alabama ESPN3
Sat, May 19 2:30 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 2:30 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Gainesville Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 5 p.m. South Florida vs. Ohio State ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Bethune-Cookman vs. No. 2 Florida ESPN3
Sat, May 19 2:30 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 Noon Game 6 TBD
  2:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Fayetteville Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 2:30 p.m. Wichita State vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
  5 p.m. DePaul vs. No. 13 Arkansas SECN
Sat, May 19 2:30 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 2:30 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

College Station Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 4:30 p.m. McNeese vs. Baylor ESPN3
  7 p.m. Prairie View vs. No. 15 Texas A&M ESPN3
Sat, May 19 2:30 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 2:30 p.m. Game 6 TBD
  5 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

Tucson Regional

Date Time Game Network
Fri, May 18 9 p.m. North Dakota State vs. Mississippi State ESPN2
  11:30 p.m. Saint Francis vs. No. 14 Arizona ESPN3
Sat, May 19 5 p.m. Game 3 TBD
  7:30 p.m. Game 4 TBD
  10 p.m. Game 5 TBD
Sun, May 20 7p.m. Game 6 TBD
  9:30 p.m. Game 7 (If Necessary) TBD

 

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