Coverage of up to 55 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Games Begins June 4

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Coverage of up to 55 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Games Begins June 4

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NCAA_baseball_FullertonFor the sixth straight year, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV will offer coverage of up to 55 games of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship from June 4 to June 30, including complete coverage from two Regional (June 4-7) and all eight Super Regional sites (June 11-14) and every College World Series game (June 19-30) from Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb. ESPN3.com will simulcast every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.

Highlights:

  • ESPN baseball analyst Nomar Garciaparra will work Super Regional and College World Series game telecasts.
  • ESPNU will offer complete coverage of the Regional site involving Florida International sophomore infielder Garret Wittels, who is in the midst of a 54-game hitting streak, four shy of ESPN analyst and former Oklahoma State and Major League Baseball star Robin Ventura’s NCAA record set in 1987.
  • In celebration of the final year of Rosenblatt Stadium, coverage will be highlighted by special vignettes and features about the historic stadium and memorable moments of the College World Series in Omaha.
    • “Farewell to Rosenblatt” vignettes will showcase the great moments and memories since 1950, the first year the College World Series was played at the stadium.
    • “My Stadium” vignettes will feature fans and Omaha residents reliving memories of Rosenblatt Stadium.
    • Short “Omaha to Bigs” features will include Major League Baseball players discussing their experiences of playing in the College World Series in Omaha.
    • Articles, historic video moments and a Rosenblatt video essay on ESPN.com.
    • Each telecast will include a look back at the top College World Series plays.
    • ESPNU will televise The Long Home Run, a documentary on Omaha and the College World Series narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner, Thursday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m. ET.

For the second consecutive year, ESPNU will offer both Regional sites in high definition on ESPNU HD. For the eighth straight year, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise the entire Men’s College World Series, including the best-of-three Series Finals, with every game in high definition on ESPN HD or ESPN2 HD.

Coverage will begin Friday, June 4, on ESPNU with four Regional games from two sites. The Coral Gables, Fla., site will feature Florida International vs. Texas A&M at noon and Dartmouth vs. Miami at 4 p.m. Action from the Fullerton, Calif., site will pit New Mexico vs. Stanford at 7 p.m. and Minnesota vs. Cal State Fullerton at 11 p.m.

In addition to traditional coverage, ESPN.com and other digital platforms will provide unique, original coverage of the NCAA Baseball Championship. For the second consecutive year, ESPN will use social networking sites Facebook (ESPNOmaha) and Twitter (@ESPN_Omaha) to provide fans with updates and behind-the-scenes insight into the tournament. Details include:

  • ESPN.com and the ESPN Omaha Facebook page will also serve as a location for fans to post comments and photos, and play trivia games.
  • ESPN analysts will provide commentary, updates, their perspective of the action and baseball news via Twitter from the Super Regionals through the conclusion of the College World Series.

Seven of the analysts working the Regionals, Super Regionals and College World Series have played in the College World Series, highlighted by one who won the National Championship (Morgan Ensberg with USC in 1998), along with Robin Ventura (Oklahoma State), Kyle Peterson (Stanford), Nomar Garciaparra (Georgia Tech), Ben McDonald (LSU), Keith Moreland (Texas) and Eric Byrnes (UCLA).

  • Regionals: For the sixth consecutive year, ESPNU will offer complete and exclusive coverage from two Regional sites (June 4-7), beginning with four games Friday, June 4: 
    • Each site will feature four teams competing in a double-elimination format and each site winner (a total of 16 sites) will advance to the Super Regionals.   
    • Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson and Eric Byrnes will work games from the Coral Gables, Fla., site while Justin Kutcher and Morgan Ensberg will call games from the Fullerton, Calif., site. 
  • Super Regionals: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV will combine to televise every game of the eight best-of-three Super Regionals (up to 24 games) June 11-14:  
    • Up to eight of ESPN and ESPN2’s possible 16 windows will feature two games and will whip around to the best action from both games for viewers in most of the nation (except in the home market of the competing teams, where the game of local interest will be the primary telecast).   
    • ESPNU will televise four games exclusively. 
    • Each Super Regional winner will advance to the College World Series.   
    • Coverage will feature eight commentator teams (site assignments are to be determined): Matvick and Peterson; Kutcher and Ensberg; Mark Neely and Robin Ventura; Pam Ward and Nomar Garciaparra; Dan McLaughlin, Nick Belmonte and Jay Walker; Mike Gleason and Mike Rooney; Carter Blackburn and Keith Moreland; and Bob Wischusen and Ben McDonald. 
  • College World Series: For the eighth straight year, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV will combine to televise the entire College World Series (up to 17 games), including the best-of-three College World Series Finals. ESPN’s 31st consecutive year of coverage will begin June 19 and conclude June 30. 
    • Every ESPN and ESPN2 game will be offered in high definition on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD.
    • For the third year, all three games of the Championship Series will be televised live in prime time (all on ESPN Monday, June 28, to Wednesday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.).
    • In addition to game coverage, Jenn Brown will host segments from Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha for SportsCenter June 21-23. On-site analysts Orel Hershiser, Robin Ventura and Nomar Garciaparra will contribute.
    • Commentator teams include Mike Patrick with analysts Orel Hershiser, Robin Ventura or Nomar Garciaparra and reporters Erin Andrews or Kyle Peterson; Sean McDonough with analyst Robin Ventura and reporter Erin Andrews; and Karl Ravech with analyst Nomar Garciaparra and reporter Kyle Peterson.
    • Patrick will call the Championship Series with Hershiser, Ventura, Andrews and Peterson.

 NCAA Baseball Regionals Presented by Capital One

Date Time (ET) Matchup / Commentators Game Network
Fri, Jun 4 Noon Florida International vs. Texas A&M (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes  1 ESPNU HD
  4 p.m. Dartmouth vs. Miami (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes  2 ESPNU HD
  7 p.m. New Mexico vs. Stanford (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg  1 ESPNU HD
  11 p.m. Minnesota vs. Cal State Fullerton (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg  2 ESPNU HD
Sat, Jun 5 noon Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes 3 ESPNU HD
  4 p.m. Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes 4 ESPNU HD
  7 p.m. Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg 3 ESPNU HD
  11 p.m. Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg 4 ESPNU HD
Sun, Jun 6 noon Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes 5 ESPNU HD
  4 p.m. Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes 6 ESPNU HD
  7 p.m. Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg 5 ESPNU HD
  11 p.m. Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg 6 ESPNU HD
Mon, Jun 7 7 p.m. If necessary (from Coral Gables, Fla.)Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson & Eric Byrnes 7* ESPNU HD
  11 p.m. If necessary (from Fullerton, Calif.)Justin Kutcher & Morgan Ensberg 7* ESPNU HD

* If necessary

 NCAA Baseball Super Regionals Presented by Capital One

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Fri, Jun 11 Noon Site 1 – Game 1 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com
  3 p.m. Site 2 – Game 1 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
  7 p.m. Site 3 – Game 1 ESPN / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
  10:30 p.m. Site 4 – Game 1 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
Sat, Jun 12 Noon Site 5 – Game 1 ESPNU
  1 p.m. Site 1 – Game 2 ESPN / ESPN3.com** ^
    Site 2 – Game 2  
  3 p.m. Site 6 – Game 1 ESPNU
  6 p.m. Site 7 – Game 1 ESPNU
  7 p.m. Site 3 – Game 2 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com**
    Site 4 – Game 2  
  9 p.m. Site 8 – Game 1 ESPNU
Sun, Jun 13 1 p.m. Site 5 – Game 2 ESPN / ESPN3.com** ^
    Site 1 – Game 3*  
  4 p.m. Site 6 – Game 2 ESPN / ESPN3.com** ^
    Site 2 – Game 3*  
  7 p.m. Site 7 – Game 2 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com**
    Site 3 – Game 3*  
  10 p.m. Site 8 – Game 2 ESPN2 / ESPN3.com** ^
    Site 4 – Game 3*  
Mon, Jun 14 1 p.m. Site 5 – Game 3* ESPN2 / ESPN3.com**
    Site 6 – Game 3*  
  7 p.m. Site 7 – Game 3* ESPN2 / ESPN3.com**
    Site 8 – Game 3*  

* If necessary

** ESPN or ESPN2 will showcase two games within one window and “whip around” to the best action from those games in most of the nation. Viewers in the home markets of the competing teams will receive their local game in its entirety with constant updates from the other game

^ ESPN Mobile TV will simulcast one of the two games

 NCAA College World Series Presented by Capital One

Date Time (ET) Game Matchups / Commentators Network
Sat, Jun 19 2 p.m. 1 Game 1 – TBDKarl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
  7 p.m. 2 Game 2 – TBDMike Patrick, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Sun, Jun 20 2 p.m. 3 Game 3 – TBDKarl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
  7 p.m. 4 Game 4 – TBDMike Patrick, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Mon, Jun 21 4:30 p.m. 5 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
  9 p.m. 6 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser & Erin Andrews ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Tue, Jun 22 4:30 p.m. 7 Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
  9 p.m. 8 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
Wed, Jun 23 7 p.m. 9 Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 5Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser & Kyle Peterson ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Thu, Jun 24 7 p.m. 10 Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 7Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
Fri, Jun 25 4:30 p.m. 11 Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 9Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
  9 p.m. 12 Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10Sean McDonough, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews     ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
Sat, Jun 26 2 p.m. 13 If necessaryMike Patrick, Nomar Garciaparra & Kyle Peterson ESPN2 HD / ESPN3.com
  7 p.m. 14 If necessarySean McDonough, Robin Ventura & Erin Andrews ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Mon, Jun 28 7:30 p.m. 1 Series FinalMike Patrick, Orel Hershiser, Robin Ventura, Erin Andrews & Kyle Peterson ESPN HD / ESPN3.com
Tue, Jun 29 7:30 p.m. 2 Series FinalMike Patrick, Orel Hershiser, Robin Ventura, Erin Andrews & Kyle Peterson ESPN HD / ESPN3.com / ESPN Mobile TV
Wed, Jun 30 7:30 p.m. 3 * Series FinalMike Patrick, Orel Hershiser, Robin Ventura, Erin Andrews & Kyle Peterson ESPN HD / ESPN360.com

* If necessary

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