NCAA Division I Softball Championship: Super Regionals Begin Thursday Exclusively on ESPN

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NCAA Division I Softball Championship: Super Regionals Begin Thursday Exclusively on ESPN

  • Up to 24 Games from Eight Campus Sites
  • Top 14 Seeds Remain
  • Defending National Champion and No. 1 Seed Florida Gators Host Super Regional

The NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Super Regionals (May 21 – 24). ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will cover up to 24 games (eight best-of-three series) from eight campus sites and will provide multiplatform coverage on espnW’s softball index and through @ESPNU and @espnW.

The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by defending National Champion and No. 1 Florida, which will play Kentucky, and No. 2 Oregon, which will play North Carolina State.  Overall, the top 14 (out of 16) seeds advanced to the Super Regional round, setting up six Super Regionals which will feature seeded teams versus one-another: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Georgia (Ann Arbor), No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette (Auburn), No. 5 LSU vs. No. 12  Arizona (Baton Rouge), No. 6 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (Tuscaloosa), No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Missouri (Los Angeles), and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Florida State (Knoxville).  A complete schedule is below and an interactive bracket can be found here.

Women’s College World Series

ESPN will have exclusive coverage throughout the duration of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship, which includes televising every game from the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 28 – June 3).  Coverage details for the WCWS will be announced next week; however, the television is available here.

ESPN Analysts

ESPN’s softball analysts are accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players:

  • Jenny Dalton-Hill– Gainesville Super 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)
  • Amanda Freed– Knoxville Super 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
  • Danielle LawrieLos Angeles Super Regional
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Cheri KempfBaton Rouge Super Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion, National MVP and played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992)
  • Jessica Mendoza– Tuscaloosa Super Regional
    • 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 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Leah O’Brien-Amico– Auburn Super 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
  • Jennie RitterEugene Super Regional
    • College: Michigan
    • Honors: National Championship (2005), played for USA National Team (2007) in the World Cup and Pan American games
  • Amanda Scarborough– Ann Arbor Super 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– Tuscaloosa Super Regional
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00)  and eight time Japan Pro League MVP


ESPN’s 2015 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule

Super Regionals (May 21 – 24)

Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page

The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.

Click here for a day-by-day schedule

Ann Arbor Super Regional from Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thur, May 21 9 p.m. No. 14 Georgia vs.  No. 3 Michigan
Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN2
Fri, May 22 6 p.m. No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 Georgia ESPNU
Fri, May 22 9 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Knoxville Super Regional from Tyson Park in Knoxville, Tenn.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Thur, May 21 7 p.m. No. 9 Florida State vs. No. 8  Tennessee
Sam Gore, Amanda Freed  
ESPN2
Fri, May 22 4 p.m. No. 8 Tennessee vs.  No. 9 Florida State ESPNU
Fri, May 22 7 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2

 

Auburn Super Regional from Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 22 2 p.m. No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 4 Auburn
Cara Capuano, Leah Amico
ESPNU
Sat, May 23 Noon No. 4 Auburn vs.  No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette ESPN
Sat, May 23 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN or ESPNU

 

Eugene Super Regional from Howe Field in Eugene, Ore.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 22 9 p.m. North Carolina State vs. No. 2 Oregon
Melissa Lee, Jennie Ritter
ESPNU or ESPN
Sat, May 23 3 p.m. No. 2 Oregon vs. North Carolina State ESPN or  ESPNU
Sat, May 23 6 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

 

Tuscaloosa Super Regional from Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 22 7 p.m. No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Alabama
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith
ESPN
Sat, May 23 5 p.m. No. 6 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma ESPN
Sat, May 23 8 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2

 

Baton Rouge Super Regional from Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 3 p.m. No. 12 Arizona vs. No. 5 LSU
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN, ESPNU or ESPNEWS
Sun, May 24 5 p.m. No. 5 LSU vs. No. 12  Arizona ESPN
Sun, May 24 8 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN2

 

Gainesville Super Regional from Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 1 p.m. Kentucky vs. No. 1 Florida
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPNU
Sun, May 24 Noon No. 1 Florida vs. Kentucky ESPN
Sun, May 24 3 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPN

 

Los Angeles Super Regional from Easton Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Sat, May 23 8 p.m. No. 10 Missouri vs. No. 7  UCLA
Holly Rowe, Danielle Lawrie
ESPNU or ESPN2
Sun, May 24 3 p.m. No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Missouri ESPNU or ESPN
Sun, May 24 6 p.m. Game 3: If Necessary ESPNU

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