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ESPN Steps Up to the Plate with Industry-Leading NCAA Baseball Coverage in 2019

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  • More than 800 Games Throughout the Season on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and the ESPN App
  • 21 of 25 Ranked Teams Live on ESPN Networks with 17 Conferences Represented
  • Industry-Leading Regular Season Leads into Complete Division I NCAA Baseball Championship Coverage – Every Game from Regionals, Super Regionals and College World Series Available on ESPN Networks

ESPN will present more than 800 NCAA baseball games during the 2019 regular season across ESPN networks, with 17 college conferences highlighted in ESPN’s industry-leading coverage. During the postseason, on top of carrying five conference championship games and the entire Southeastern Conference tournament, 153 games will be televised 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 2019.

Nearly 75 percent of the games on ESPN networks include a team in the USA TODAY Coaches Preseason Top 25*, while 53 games feature the preseason top 10 and 42 games highlight at least one top five team. Twenty-one of the preseason Top 25 teams will appear on ESPN networks during the season.

ESPN is coming off one of the most-watched NCAA Division I Baseball Championships in history, boasting multi-year viewership highs throughout the Road to Omaha. The three-game 2018 NCAA CWS Finals was the most-watched three-game championship series since 2014. Reigning NCAA champion Oregon State, who won the program’s third national title last year, will be featured on ESPNU on Saturday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

2019 College Baseball Schedule Highlights:

  • Top-Ranked Teams Take to the Field: The schedule includes 44 matchups with two ranked teams going head-to-head, highlighted by the following games:
    • 1 LSU vs. No. 16 Texas (March 1 – Longhorn Network)
    • No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 3 Florida (March 12 – SEC Network)
    • No. 4 Texas Tech vs. No. 16 Texas (March 15 – Longhorn Network)
    • No. 19 Clemson vs. No. 13 Georgia (April 16 – SEC Network)
    • No. 3 Florida vs. No. 1 LSU (April 18-19 – SEC Network; April 20 – ESPN2)
    • No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 3 Florida (May 5 – ESPN2)
    • No. 10 Ole Miss vs. No. 1 LSU (May 5 – ESPN2)
    • No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 8 Louisville (May 7 – ESPNU)
    • No. 23 NC State vs. No. 6 North Carolina (May 18 – ESPNU)
    • No. 17 TCU vs. No 4 Texas Tech (May 18 – ESPNU)
  • Conference Coverage in Full Swing Beginning with ACC Mondays: ESPNU and ACC Network Extra will once again team up to feature a battle between ACC opponents on Mondays throughout conference play, including Boston College vs. Virginia Tech and Miami at Wake Forest on back-to-back Mondays in May on ESPNU. In addition to its marquee Monday matchups, there are several games set between ranked squads, including No. 19 Clemson traveling down to No. 11 Florida State on Sunday, April 14 on ESPN2.
  • Big 12 Bolstered by Big Matchups: ESPN continues its expansive coverage of the Big 12, televising several conference showdowns over the course of the 2019 season between LHN and ESPNU. One of the most anticipated conference clashes of the season will air on ESPNU, as No. 4 Texas Tech hosts in-state rival No. 17 TCU to Lubbock on May 18 to close the regular season.
  • Championship Central: American, ACC, Big South, SEC and SWAC Championship games will all air on ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPNEWS.
  • Postseason Planned: 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 27 at noon. Complete postseason coverage will be announced at a later date.
  • SEC Network Stays on the Ball: The SEC starts the season with eight teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, the most of any conference. With 75 games on the network throughout the spring, SEC Thursday Night Baseball will be in full swing on ESPNU and SEC Network, featuring a preseason Top 25 team in all but two weeks of the regular season. In addition, SEC Network will continue its tradition of airing a Bases Loaded whip-around special set for the final Friday of the season, and will join forces with ESPNU to televise the final weekend of SEC action, May 16-18. For more on SEC baseball on TV, please visit SECNetwork.com.
  • Hook ‘Em: Longhorn Network, the home of Texas baseball, will televise more than 30 games this season including three-game series against top-ranked LSU (March 1-3) and No. 4 Texas Tech (March 15-17), as well as a two-game series hosting No. 12 and 2018 NCAA runner-up Arkansas (March 19-20). LHN adds a dozen Big 12 matchups to ESPN’s overall baseball coverage and the No. 16 Longhorns will appear on ESPN networks a total of 37 times, starting with the Texas Alumni Game on LHN Saturday, Feb. 2 featuring Lifetime Longhorn Roger Clemens playing alongside his sons, Kacy and Kody. Full details on LHN’s baseball TV schedule can be found here.
  • 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 2 2 p.m. Baseball Alumni Game Longhorn Network
Fri, Feb 22 7:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Feb 23 2 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Longhorn Network
5:30 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 24 2 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Feb 26 7:30 p.m. Sam Houston State vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Wed, Feb 27 8 p.m. UT San Antonio vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Mar 1 7:30 p.m. LSU vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 2 3:30 p.m. LSU vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Mar 3 2 p.m. LSU vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Mar 5 7:30 p.m. UT Rio Grande Valley vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Tue, Mar 12 6:30 p.m. Florida State vs. Florida SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Texas Southern vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Mar 15 7:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Mar 16 2 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Florida SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
7 p.m. Tennessee vs. Auburn SEC Network
Sun, Mar 17 2 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Mississippi State vs. Florida SEC Network
Tue, Mar 19 7:30 p.m. Arkansas vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Rice vs. Texas A&M SEC Network
Wed, Mar 20 7:30 p.m. Arkansas vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Mar 21 7 p.m. Florida vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network
Fri, Mar 22 7 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Missouri SEC Network
Sat, Mar 23 1 p.m. LSU vs. Georgia SEC Network
8 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Missouri SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Texas vs. TCU ESPNU
Sun, Mar 24 Noon LSU vs. Georgia SEC Network
3 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Missouri SEC Network
Tue, Mar 26 7 p.m. Auburn vs. Alabama SEC Network
Thu, Mar 28 7 p.m. Georgia vs. Kentucky SEC Network
  LSU vs. Mississippi State ESPNU
Fri, Mar 29 7 p.m. LSU vs. Mississippi State SEC Network
8 p.m. Xavier vs. Texas Longhorn Network
9 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Arkansas ESPNU
Sat, Mar 30 1 p.m. Auburn vs. South Carolina SEC Network
4 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Arkansas SEC Network
6:30 p.m. Xavier vs. Texas Longhorn Network
9 p.m. Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network
Sun, Mar 31 Noon Auburn vs. South Carolina SEC Network
1 p.m. Xavier vs. Texas Longhorn Network
3 p.m. Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network
Tue, Apr 2 7 p.m. Belmont vs. Tennessee SEC Network
Thu, Apr 4 7 p.m. South Carolina vs. Alabama SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Arkansas vs. Auburn ESPNU
Fri, Apr 5 7 p.m. South Carolina vs. Alabama SEC Network
9 p.m. Texas vs. Baylor ESPNU
Sat, Apr 6 8 p.m. Texas A&M vs. LSU ESPNU
Florida vs. Ole Miss SEC Network
11 p.m. CSU Fullerton vs. Cal Poly ESPNU
Sun, Apr 7 Noon Vanderbilt vs. Georgia SEC Network
1 p.m. Purdue vs. Nebraska ESPNU
3 p.m. Texas A&M vs. LSU SEC Network
Tue, Apr 9 7 p.m. Georgia Tech vs. Georgia SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Rice vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Apr 11 7 p.m. Georgia vs. Tennessee SEC Network
7:30 p.m. South Carolina vs. Florida ESPNU
Fri, Apr 12 7:30 p.m. Kansas State vs. Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network
Sat, Apr 13 2 p.m. Kansas State vs. Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Kentucky vs. Ole Miss SEC Network
9 p.m. Arkansas vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
Sun, Apr 14 1 p.m. Clemson vs. Florida State ESPN2
LSU vs. Missouri SEC Network
2 p.m. Kansas State vs. Texas Longhorn Network
4 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Baylor ESPNU
Alabama vs. Mississippi State SEC Network
Tue, Apr 16 7 p.m. Clemson vs. Georgia SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Lamar vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Apr 18 6 p.m. Missouri vs. Georgia ESPNU
7 p.m. Florida vs. LSU SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Arkansas ESPNU
Fri, Apr 19 8 p.m. Florida vs. LSU SEC Network
Sat, Apr 20 3 p.m. Florida vs. LSU ESPN2
4 p.m. Texas vs. Oklahoma State ESPNU
Texas A&M vs. South Carolina SEC Network
9 p.m. Vanderbilt vs. Alabama SEC Network
10 p.m. Arizona vs. Oregon State ESPNU
Tue, Apr 23 7 p.m. Missouri State vs. Missouri SEC Network
Thu, Apr 25 7 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Auburn vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU
Fri, Apr 26 7:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Texas Longhorn Network
8 p.m. Auburn vs. Vanderbilt SEC Network
10 p.m. San Francisco vs. Gonzaga ESPNU
Sat, Apr 27 1 p.m. Georgia vs. Mississippi State SEC Network
3:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Texas Longhorn Network
6 p.m. Kentucky vs. Florida SEC Network
8:30 p.m. Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech ESPNU
Sun, Apr 28 Noon Kentucky vs. Florida ESPN2
Minnesota vs. Indiana ESPNU
1 p.m. West Virginia vs. Texas Longhorn Network
5 p.m. Tennessee vs. Arkansas SEC Network
Tue, Apr 30 7 p.m. SE Missouri State vs. Missouri SEC Network
Thu, May 2 7 p.m. Dallas Baptist vs. Missouri State ESPNU
Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M SEC Network
Sat, May 4 Noon Missouri vs. Tennessee SEC Network
3 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M SEC Network
8 p.m. Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina ESPNU
Alabama vs. Auburn SEC Network
Sun, May 5 12:30 p.m. Florida vs. Georgia ESPN2
2 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Ole Miss vs. LSU ESPN2
4 p.m. Alabama vs. Auburn SEC Network
Mon, May 6 7 p.m. Boston College vs. Virginia Tech ESPNU
Tue, May 7 7 p.m. Vanderbilt vs. Louisville ESPNU
Indiana vs. Kentucky SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Texas State vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, May 9 7:30 p.m. LSU vs. Arkansas ESPNU
Fri, May 10 7 p.m. Kentucky vs. South Carolina SEC Network
8:30 p.m. Indiana vs. Michigan ESPNU
Sat, May 11 Noon Kentucky vs. South Carolina SEC Network
2 p.m. LSU vs. Arkansas ESPN2
3 p.m. Tennessee vs. Florida SEC Network
  9:30 p.m. Indiana State vs. Dallas Baptist ESPNU
Sun, May 12 Noon Kentucky vs. South Carolina SEC Network
1 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss ESPN2
3 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Alabama SEC Network
Mon, May 13 7 p.m. Miami vs. Wake Forest ESPNU
Tue, May 14 7 p.m. Louisville vs. Indiana ESPNU
Michigan vs. Kentucky SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Incarnate Word vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, May 16 7 p.m. SEC Wildcard ESPNU
SEC Wildcard SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  10 p.m. Long Beach State vs. CSU Fullerton ESPNU
Fri, May 17 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
7:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, May 18 Noon SEC Wildcard SEC Network
3 p.m. SEC Wildcard SEC Network
3:30 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Texas Longhorn Network
4:30 p.m. NC State vs. North Carolina ESPNU
7:30 p.m. TCU vs. Texas Tech ESPNU
Sun, May 19 11 a.m. SWAC Baseball Championship ESPNEWS
Tue, May 21 10:30 a.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – First Round SEC Network
2 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – First Round SEC Network
5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – First Round SEC Network
9 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 22 10:30 am SEC Baseball Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
2 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
9 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 23 10:30 a.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
2 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
5:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
9 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Third Round SEC Network
Fri, May 24 4 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Fourth Round SEC Network
7:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Fourth Round SEC Network
Sat, May 25 Noon Big South Baseball Championship ESPNU
1 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Semifinal SEC Network
4:30 p.m. SEC Baseball Tournament – Semifinal SEC Network
Sun, May 26 Noon American Baseball Championship ESPNEWS
ACC Baseball Championship ESPN2
3 p.m. SEC Baseball Championship ESPN2

 

*Rankings based on USA Today Coaches Poll as of January 24