The #MAYhem Continues: ESPN Televises Every Game of NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals for the 13th Consecutive Season

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The #MAYhem Continues: ESPN Televises Every Game of NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals for the 13th Consecutive Season

  • Up to 24 Games Available on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU Across Four Days
  • Top Seeds: 15 of the 16 National Seeds Advance; James Madison First Unseeded Team to Advance since 2016

The road to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) continues with NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 23, and running through Sunday, May 26. A potential 24 games total will be available across the four days with up to 11 on ESPN, nine on ESPN2 and four on ESPNU. All games will also be available on the ESPN App.

The Field Tightens
After a record setting number of “if necessary” games during the NCAA Division I Softball Regionals and an extra day of action due to weather, the field of 64 has narrowed to 16, with 15 of the 16 national seeds punching their tickets to the Super Regional round.

Highlighting this week’s action, the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners will host No. 16 Northwestern in Norman, Okla. while the defending National Champions No. 4 Florida State host No. 13 Oklahoma State, who advanced to the Super Regionals for the second time in program history. James Madison, the first unseeded team to advance since 2016, will travel cross-country to face the No. 2 UCLA Bruins, the sport’s winningest program with 12 national titles.

WCWS Commentators
Part of ESPN’s WCWS commentator team reunites in Tuscaloosa when Sunday Night Baseball analyst and two-time Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza joins the “voice of softball” Beth Mowins and lead softball analyst and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michele Smith. The trio will be on the call as the No. 8 Alabama Crimson tide takes on the No. 9 Texas Longhorns.

WCWS reporter Holly Rowe will be on the ground in Seattle for No. 3 Washington vs. No. 14 Kentucky and lead softball analyst Amanda Scarborough will be in Tallahassee to call the action for the Seminoles vs. Cowgirls.

Shaggin’ Stats

  • Only five teams have made at least 12 Super Regional appearances since the format change in 2005: Alabama (15), Arizona (14), Oklahoma (13), Washington (13) and Florida (12). Alabama is the only program to appear in every Super Regional.
  • Minnesota hosts a Super Regional for the first time; Advances to Super Regionals for second time in program history
  • Four teams advancing to Super Regionals make up the top four programs with most homeruns on the season: Florida State (104), Oklahoma (103), Arizona (103) and James Madison (101)

7Innings Podcast
The 7Innings Podcast continues to chronicle the Road to the Women’s College World Series with this week’s upcoming episode breaking down the bracket, answering questions submitted via twitter, Shaggin’ some Stats and playing a little over under. Episodes are posted to ESPN AudioiTunes and Spotify weekly.

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espnW will continue to provide the latest news, scores and highlights on its website and various social handles throughout Super Regional play. Look for these features and more:

Super Regionals Television Schedule and Commentators
Norman Super Regional
PxP: Tiffany Greene
Analyst: Kayla Braud

  • College: Alabama
  • Honors: National Champion (2012), two time All-American, SEC Freshman of the Year
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 3 p.m. No. 16 Northwestern vs. No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
Sat, May 25 4 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 16 Northwestern ESPN
Sun, May 26 2 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN

 

Los Angeles Super Regional
PxP: Pam Ward
Analyst: Jenny Dalton-Hill

  • 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)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 9 p.m. James Madison vs. No. 2 UCLA ESPNU
Sat, May 25 8 p.m. No. 2 UCLA vs. James Madison ESPN
Sun, May 26 4 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPNU

 

Seattle Super Regional
PxP: Mark Neely
Reporter: Holly Rowe
Analyst: Danielle Lawrie

  • College: Washington
  • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 9 p.m. No. 14 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Washington ESPN2
Sat, May 25 10 p.m. No. 3 Washington vs. No. 14 Kentucky ESPN2
Sun, May 26 10 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN2

 

Tallahassee Super Regional
PxP: Courtney Lyle
Analyst: Amanda Scarborough

  • 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)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, May 23 7 p.m. No. 13 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Florida State ESPN
Fri, May 24 7 p.m. No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State ESPN
Sat, May 25 Noon Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN

 

Gainesville Super Regional
PxP: Eric Frede
Analyst: Madison Shipman

  • College: Tennessee
  • Analyst: Three time All-American, SEC Player of the Year, 2014 NPF Rookie of the Year

Date
Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 7 p.m. No. 12 Tennessee vs. No. 5 Florida ESPN2
Sat, May 25 6 p.m. No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Tennessee ESPN
Sun, May 26 2 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPNU

 

Tucson Super Regional
PxP: Mike Couzens
Analyst: Erin Miller

  • College: Oklahoma
  • Honors: Co-Big 12 Player of the Year (2016); Top 10 Finalist for 2016 Senior Class Award (2016); Two-time National Champion (2013, ’16); All-American (2016)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 7 p.m. No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 6 Arizona ESPNU
Sat, May 25 8 p.m. No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Ole Miss ESPN2
Sun, May 26 8 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN2

 

Minneapolis Super Regional
PxP: Jenn Hildreth
Analyst: Carol Bruggeman

  • College: Iowa
  • Honors: As a Division I coach at Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville, achieved more than 700 combined wins; All Big-Ten and All-Mideast Region as a player, inducted into the Iowa Softball Association Hall of Fame (1997)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, May 24 5 p.m. No. 10 LSU vs. No. 7 Minnesota ESPN2
Sat, May 25 6 p.m. No. 7 Minnesota vs. No.10 LSU ESPN2
Sun, May 26 4 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN

 

Tuscaloosa Regional
PxP: Beth Mowins
Analysts:
Jessica Mendoza

  • 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

Michele Smith

  • College: Oklahoma State
  • Honors: Two-time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00) and eight time Japan Pro League MVP
 Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, May 23 9 p.m. No. 9 Texas vs. No. 8 Alabama ESPN
Fri, May 24 9 p.m. No. 8 Alabama vs. No. 9 Texas ESPN
Sat, May 25 2 p.m. Game 3 (If Necessary) ESPN

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