ESPN Returns to Omaha to Showcase Every Pitch of the 2022 Men’s College World Series, June 17-23

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ESPN Returns to Omaha to Showcase Every Pitch of the 2022 Men’s College World Series, June 17-23

Omaha, NE – June 24, 2014 – TD Ameritrade Park: The ballpark during game two of the College World Series Championship.
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESPN returns to Omaha, Neb., this week for exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series Presented by Capital One at Charles Schwab Field Omaha. Every pitch of the Men’s College World Series (MCWS) will air on ESPN or ESPN2 beginning Friday, June 17 through Thursday, June 23 – with up to 14 games airing in the double-elimination series. All games will be available on the ESPN App.

The best-of-three championship finals series begins Saturday, June 25, and concludes with the crowning of the national champion on Sunday, June 26, or Monday, June 27, to wrap up the 2021-22 college sports season on ESPN networks – which has featured 30 NCAA Championship events.

On the Call
Karl Ravech and Eduardo Pérez, top voices from ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth, lead off ESPN’s commentator crew in their 13th and sixth appearances covering the MCWS, respectively. They will be joined by analyst Ben McDonald and reporter Dani Wexelman, who will be making her first trip to the Men’s College World Series. Mike Monaco will see action as the second play-by-play announcer joined by analysts Chris Burke and Kyle Peterson. An Omaha native, Peterson is working his 20th MCWS – 11th in the booth. Kris Budden rounds out ESPN’s MCWS crew in her third season covering the championship series.

The Road to Omaha Ends Here
Four nationally-seeded teams advanced through Super Regionals including No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 9 Texas and No. 14 Auburn, joined by Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ole Miss to round out the MCWS lineup.

The series saw a dramatic Monday finish, making it the most-viewed Super Regionals on ESPN networks since 2018 with a 12% increase in viewership (456,000 average viewers per game). Notre Dame’s upset of No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday ranks as the most-watched game of the 2022 post season, averaging 916,000 viewers and peaking at 1.2 million viewers.

Final Facts

  • Oklahoma, Stanford and Texas join the lineup as the only past national champions in this year’s MCWS, though none have raised the trophy in the last 15 years.
  • Texas is making its 38th appearance in Omaha, more than any other school and outpacing second-place Miami by 13 showings.
  • There have already been 424 home runs in this year’s NCAA Baseball Tournament, the most in a single postseason in Division I history.
  • Four SEC schools make up the elite eight teams that have advanced to the MCWS – Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M — tying for the most teams from a single conference to reach the Men’s College World Series. The SEC has had at least one team in the MCWS Finals in 12 of the past 13 seasons.

Every Angle, Every Pitch

  • AllCam: A small C360 65 MegaPixel camera will be placed near the top of the home plate backstop. The camera will capture a 180-degree high resolution image and uses digital pan, tilt and zoom to show the relationship between the runners and the ball.
  • Corner Cam: A small C360 65 MegaPixel camera will be embedded in the LF and RF corner walls. The camera captures a 180-degree high resolution image and uses digital pan, tilt and zoom to follow action near the corners and foul lines.
  • Drone: ESPN’s drone footage will provide low-flying dramatic aerials throughout each game.
  • TrackMan: TrackMan radar will be employed to capture contemporary baseball data, including precise pitch speeds, spin and movement, HR distance, exit velocity and launch angle.
  • UmpCam: ESPN will provide an all-new alternate UmpCam telecast on the ESPN App, highlighting the action from a behind-the-plate perspective.
  • Audio note: To capture the full impact of stadium sounds, ESPN is deploying around 75 mics including RF mics in the bases, buried mics at home plate and the pitcher’s mound, warning track mics spanning the entire outfield wall and even impact mics on the foul poles. With additional commentator mics in the booth and on the field and umpire mics, there will be upwards of 100 microphones available to capture the action in Omaha.

ESPN Digital
ESPN.com will showcase daily coverage of the MCWS with reporters Liz Merrill and Ryan McGee on site for the entire series contributing news, features, analysis and reaction to every game.

Additional College Network Coverage

SEC Network
SEC Network will provide on-site coverage from Omaha as four Southeastern Conference schools vie for the SEC’s third straight MCWS title. Coverage starts from SEC Network’s Charlotte studios on Thursday with host Peter Burns previewing the action and recapping the pre-tournament press conference with insights from Alyssa Lang in Omaha. On-site studio programming will swing into action Friday with SEC Now live from left field at Charles Schwab Field Omaha. Lang and Burns will rotate alongside analyst Todd Walker throughout the opening rounds. SEC Network will have live, in-ballpark coverage at the end of each day dependent on an SEC team advancing.

 Should an SEC team make it to the MCWS Finals, Dari Nowkhah, David Dellucci and Walker will be in Omaha for SEC Now both pre-game and postgame.

ACC Network
ACC Network’s flagship news and information show, All ACC, will be on site in Omaha with coverage of Notre Dame playing in the Men’s College World Series. Host Kelsey Riggs will be joined by analysts Danny Graves and Mike Rooney for a full recap and breakdown each evening following the action. Additionally, Packer and Durham, ACCN’s weekday morning show from 7-10 a.m., hosted by Mark Packer and Wes Durham, will also provide reaction and interviews with winning head coaches and student-athletes throughout the ACC’s run in the CWS.

2022 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – Men’s College World Series Presented by Capital One

Game Date Time (ET) Matchup / Commentators Network
1 Fri, Jun 17 2 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
2 7 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Texas
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN
3 Sat, Jun 18 2 p.m. Arkansas vs. Stanford
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
4 7 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Auburn
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN2
5 Sun, Jun 19 2 p.m. Elimination Bracket
Losers of Game 1 vs. Game 2
Mike Monaco, Ben McDonald,
Dani Wexelman
ESPN
6 7 p.m. Winners Bracket
Winners of Games 1 vs. Game 2
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN2
7 Mon, Jun 20 2 p.m. Elimination Bracket
Losers of Games 3 vs. 4
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
8 7 p.m. Winners Bracket
Winners of Games 3 vs. 4
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN
9 Tue, Jun 21 2 p.m. Winner of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 6
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
10 7 p.m. Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN2
11 Wed, Jun 22 2 p.m. Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 9
Mike Monaco, Chris Burke,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
12 7 p.m. Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 10
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez,
Kyle Peterson, Kris Budden
ESPN
13 Thu, Jun 23 2 p.m. If Necessary – Game 11 Teams
Mike Monaco, Eduardo Pérez,
Ben McDonald, Dani Wexelman
ESPN
14 7 p.m. If Necessary – Game 12 Teams
Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson,
Chris Burke, Kris Budden
ESPN2
Fri, Jun 24 8 p.m. MCWS Finals Preview Show ESPN
Finals Sat, Jun 25 7 p.m. Finals Game 1
Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson,
Chris Burke, Kris Budden
ESPN
Finals Sun, Jun 26 3 p.m. Finals Game 2
Mike Monaco, Kyle Peterson,
Chris Burke, Kris Budden
ESPN
Finals  Mon, Jun 27 7 p.m. Finals Game 3 – If Necessary
Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson,
Chris Burke, Kris Budden
ESPN

Networks and times are subject to change

All scheduling updates throughout the NCAA DI Men’s College World Series can be found here.

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Julie McKay, ESPN Communications Julie.M[email protected], @McKay_Julie

Julie McKay

I joined ESPN in 2022 as a member of the communications department working on college sports. My passion for college sports came at an early age in a divided household (Big Ten Conference-divided, that is) and followed that to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (sorry, Dad). Four years in the Athletic Communications Department, along with internships with the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Network and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cemented my career path. After spending some time in sports media PR in San Francisco, I’ve spent five-plus years focused in golf, with stints at the American Junior Golf Association, Augusta National and Buffalo Agency, working with the USGA, Youth on Course and Destination Kohler, among others. Despite being a proud Wisconsin native, I’ll forever betray my home state as a lifelong Chicago sports fan. My dog Rizzo knows there’s always next year and wishes his namesake would return home to the North Side.
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