Curt Schilling Joins ESPN Team for Women’s College World Series Championship Finals
- Defending National Champion/No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Michigan Both Seeking Second National Championship
- Schilling to be a Field Analyst, Joining Commentators Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith and Holly Rowe
- Baseball Tonight, ESPNU and SEC Network with Coverage from Oklahoma City
- espnW is the Home for WCWS Digital Content
ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling has been added to the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals telecasts featuring No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 1 Florida in a best-of-three series which begins Monday, June 1, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET from OGE Energy Field at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. Schilling, a three-time MLB World Series Champion and current Sunday Night Baseball analyst, will be a field analyst for each game of the Championship Finals, joining ESPN veteran softball commentators Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Jessica Mendoza (analyst), Michele Smith (analyst), and Holly Rowe (reporter). The Championship Finals will continue with Game 2 on Tuesday, June 2, and a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday, June 3, if necessary, both on ESPN starting at 8 p.m.
The Women’s College World Series began on Thursday, May 28, with eight teams competing in double-elimination bracket play, where Michigan and Florida both went 3-0 to advance into the Championship Finals. The Wolverines and Gators both seek their second NCAA Division I Softball National Championship in school history, with Michigan winning its first in 2005 and Florida last season. If Florida were to win, the Gators would be the first back-to-back national champions since Arizona in 2006 and 2007.
The Women’s College World Series is the conclusion of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. A complete bracket can be found here.
- Mendoza and Smith: Decorated former softball players Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith will be the booth analysts for the Championship Finals. Mendoza is a four-time All-American at Stanford and a member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medal-winning team at 2008 Beijing Olympics. Smith is a two time All-American at Oklahoma State and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000) and eight-time Japan Pro League MVP.
- Baseball Tonight: ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will provide coverage of the WCWS with live reports from Oklahoma City featuring Schilling and ESPN’s commentating team.
- ESPNU’s Women’s College World Series Pregame and Postgame:ESPNU will televise a 30-minute preview and postgame show before and after Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively. If a Game 3 is necessary, ESPNU will televise another 30-minute preview and postgame show on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- SEC Network: Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough will be on-site covering Florida for SEC Now. The news and information show will have pre and post-game coverage and feature interviews with both Florida head coach Tim Walton and players.
- espnW: Online coverage continues, led by espnW’s softball index with comprehensive recaps and analysis.
- Social Media: @ESPNU, @espnW, and @NCAASoftball will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the Women’s College World Series Championship Finals. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweet #WCWS.
Women’s College World Series Championship Finals
|Mon, June 1||8 p.m.||Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 1
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 1 Florida
|Tues, June 2||8 p.m.||Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 2
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan
|Wed, June 3||8 p.m.||Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 3*||ESPN|
Networks are subject to change
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