Curt Schilling Joins ESPN Team for Women’s College World Series Championship Finals

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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

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, June 1 8 p.m. Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 1
No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 1 Florida
ESPN2
Tues, June 2 8 p.m. Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 2
No. 1 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan
ESPN
Wed, June 3 8 p.m. Women’s College World Series Championship Finals: Game No. 3* ESPN

*If necessary
Networks are subject to change

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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