2016 NCAA Division One Televised College Softball Schedule

More than 600 Games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3 and SEC Network +

  • Back-to-Back National Champion and No. 1 Florida Gators Featured More than 35 Times
  • ACC, American, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Missouri Valley,  SEC, Southern, Southland and Sun Belt Conference Championship Games
  • Former College, Olympic and Professionals Among Analysts

Coming off last season’s Women’s College World Series record ratings, ESPN will offer its most comprehensive NCAA Division I Softball schedule in 2016 with more than 600 games carried across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3, and SEC Network +. The regular season concludes with championship games from the ACC, American, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Missouri Valley, SEC, Southern and Southland conferences, leading into the NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

ESPNU/ESPN2
ESPNU and ESPN2 will begin their slate featuring the back-to-back National Champion Florida Gators hosting No. 20 Tennessee (March 18) and traveling to No. 6 LSU (March 26). Overall, the schedule will feature 17 ranked teams including 16 appearances from top 10 teams; approximately 90% of the total games feature a ranked team. Additional highlights:

  • Best vs. Best: 19 games will feature a ranked team vs. another ranked team including:
    • 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida (April 2)
    • 13 Oklahoma at No. 20 Tennessee (April 23)
    • 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona (April 24)
    • 18 Arizona at No. 8 Oregon (May 1)
    • 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn (May 7)
    • 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama (May 7)
  • Championship Games: ACC, American and SEC Championship games will all air on ESPN. ESPNU will air televise the SEC Tournament semifinals and the SWAC Championship game.
  • Home of the Post Season: ESPN will cover the Regionals, Super Regionals and every game of the Women’s College World Series. The selection show will air on May 15 at 10 p.m. on ESPNU. Details to be announced later in the season.

SEC Network and SEC Network +

  • SEC Network begins the television coverage when No. 4 Auburn hosts Georgia State (March 6) and Alabama hosts Stamford (March 8). SEC Network will televise a quadrupleheader March 12 and a tripleheader on March 13 featuring No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina, No. 2 Alabama at No. 6 LSU and No. 1 Florida at No. 4 Auburn both days and Arkansas at No. 20 Tennessee on March 13 as conference play ramps up. Throughout the season SEC Network will air more than 50 games, concluding with the second round of the SEC Tournament on May 13.
  • SEC Network +, the digital home of the SEC Network, will stream more than 250 games this season featuring all 13 teams in the conference, including more than 20 appearances by No. 1 Florida.

SEC Network’s full schedule can be found below and SEC Network’s + schedule can be seen here and is continuously updated at SECNetwork.com

ESPN3
ESPN3, which began its 250+ game slate in February, will stream contests from 12 difference conferences — ACC, Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy, Metro Atlantic,  Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic.  Highlights:

  • ACC Softball: More than 50 ACC games including the quarterfinals and semifinals of the conference tournament.
    • 12 Florida State, whose series with No. 3 Michigan was streamed in February, will be seen more than 10 times this season, including vs. No. 1 Florida (May 4) and vs. conference opponents No. 25 Notre Dame (April 2-3) and Louisville (May 7-8)
    • 25 Notre Dame will also be streamed more than 10 times this season, including the aforementioned series vs. No. 12 Florida State and home series vs. Louisville (April 30 – May 1)
  • Sun Belt’s Ragin’ Cajuns: 5 Louisiana-Lafayette will be carried eight times this season
  • Conference Highlights:
    • Atlantic Sun: More than 25 games from Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Stetson, USC Upstate
    • Big East: More than 10 games from St. John’s
    • Big South: More than 25 games, most originating from Liberty
    • Horizon League: More than 50 games
    • Metro Atlantic: Select Monmouth home games
    • Southland: No. 6 LSU at Southeastern Louisiana (April 13) and the conference championship game
  • Conference Championships: The Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon League, Missouri Valley, Southern, Southland and Sun Belt Conference Championship games will all be carried on ESPN3. The network will also have early round coverage of the Big South, Horizon League, Sun Belt and the aforementioned ACC, tournaments.

Please note: Not all ESPN3 games are exclusive. Schedules are continuously updated at ESPN3.com

Longhorn Network
Longhorn Network is the home of No. 24 Texas softball, airing 33 Texas home games this season. Non-conference play vs. in-state rivals (UTSA, North Texas, and Texas State) will be televised in March before Longhorn Network airs 10 games vs. Big 12 opponents (t-No. 22 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) in April and May. The complete Longhorn Network schedule and additional highlights can be found here.

Television Commentators
ESPN/SEC Network softball analysts are accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players:

  • 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)
  • Michele Smith
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00)  and eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Leah Amico
    • 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
  • Kayla Braud 
    • College: Alabama
    • Honors: Three-time All-American and WCWS Champion with the Crimson Tide
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Danielle Lawrie
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Cheri Kempf
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion , National MVP and played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992)
  • Leigh Ross
    • College: Toledo
    • Honors: Led the Rockets to the WCWS; holds the MAC record for batting average and hits. Former head coach at Bowling Green and Syracuse

Adam Amin, Trey Bender, Cara Capuano, Tiffany Greene, Jenn Hildreth, Melissa Lee, Beth Mowins, Mark Neely and Pam Ward will call play-by-play throughout the season. Laura Rutledge will be a reporter on a number of telecasts.


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2016 NCAA Division One Women’s College Softball Televised Schedule


Date Time (ET) Game Network
March 18 7 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida ESPNU
March 24 5 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern ESPNU
March 26 Noon No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU ESPN2
9 p.m. No. 24 Texas at t-No. 22 Baylor ESPN2
April 2 Noon No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida ESPNU
10:30 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 8 Oregon ESPNU
April 3 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
April 8 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at Winthrop ESPNU
April 9 Noon No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
5:30 p.m. NC State at No. 12 Florida State ESPNU
6 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 6 LSU ESPN2
7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri ESPNU
April 10 3 p.m. No. 13 Oklahoma at t-No. 22 Baylor ESPN2
4 p.m. NC State at No. 12 Florida State ESPNU
April 16 1 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 11 Georgia ESPN2
3 p.m. No. 24 Texas at No. 13 Oklahoma ESPN2
April 23 2 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn ESPNU
4:30 p.m. No. 13 Oklahoma at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
5 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona ESPN2
April 24 3:30 p.m. No. 25 Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
5 p.m. No. 15 UCLA at No. 18 Arizona ESPN2
April 25 7 p.m. No. 25 Notre Dame at North Carolina ESPNU
April 27 6 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU*
April 28 4 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 30 7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
8 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 20 Tennessee ESPN2
May 1 3 p.m. No. 18 Arizona at No. 8 Oregon ESPN2
5 p.m. UCF at USF ESPNU
7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 20 Tennessee ESPNU
May 7 Noon No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama ESPN
1 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn ESPNU
3 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri ESPNU
May 13 3 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament ESPNU
May 14 Noon American Championship ESPN
2 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN
5 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
May 15 10 a.m. SWAC Softball Championship ESPNU**

*Live on ESPN3 at 8:30 p.m.
**Live on ESPN3 on May 14 at 3 p.m.

All rankings are per USA Softball (March 1)


2016 SEC Network Television Women’s College Softball Schedule

Southeastern Conference softball on national television tripled last year with the launch of SEC Network. The 2016, SEC softball television expansion continues with the addition of “Bases Loaded” and an all-softball SEC Network weekend added to the more than 70 games scheduled across ESPN networks.

SEC Network swings into its 50+ game-schedule this spring exclusively airing Softball games March 12-14. The network will feature eight games from four series for the start of conference play over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The weekend’s games are highlighted with a matchup of the 2015 NCAA National Champions, Florida, facing the 2015 SEC Champions, Auburn, in a three-game series.

The network closes out the regular-season with another innovation: a softball “Bases Loaded” show on Sunday, May 8, the final day of games prior to the SEC Tournament. SEC Network’s three-hour show will mark the first time the Bases Loaded concept has been used in the softball regular-season.  It will swing through the best moments of up to 14 teams scheduled to face off that day.

After a successful first year, SEC Network will continue to air every First Round and Second Round game in the SEC Softball Championship. The Semifinals will air on ESPNU and the Championship on ESPN. SEC Network’s on-site studio plans for the tournament will be announced closer to the event’s date.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun, March 06 3:30 p.m. Georgia State at Auburn SEC Network
Tue, March 08 8:30 p.m. Samford at Alabama SEC Network
Sat, March 12 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, March 12 3:30 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, March 12 6 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Sat, March 12 8:30 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Sun, March 13 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, March 13 3 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Sun, March 13 5 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, March 14 7 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Wed, March 16 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, March 18 7 p.m. Tennessee at Florida ESPNU
Sat, March 19 noon Tennessee at Florida SEC Network
Sun, March 20 4 p.m. Tennessee at Florida SEC Network
Sun, March 20 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
Mon, March 21 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
Wed, March 23 7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, March 26 noon Florida at LSU ESPN2
Sat, March 26 1 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas SEC Network
Sun, March 27 7 p.m. Missouri at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, March 28 7 p.m. Missouri at Alabama SEC Network
Wed, March 30 7 p.m. UAB at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, April 02 noon Alabama at Florida ESPNU
Sat, April 02 6 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, April 03 4:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, April 03 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State ESPNU
Mon, April 04 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State SEC Network
Wed, April 06 7 p.m. North Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
Sat, April 09 noon Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPNU
Sat, April 09 6 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPN2
Sat, April 09 7:30 p.m. Georgia at Missouri ESPNU
Sun, April 10 7 p.m. Kentucky at LSU SEC Network
Mon, April 11 7 p.m. Kentucky at LSU SEC Network
Wed, April 13 7 p.m. Florida State at Florida SEC Network
Sat, April 16 1 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia ESPN2
Sat, April 16 8 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, April 17 2 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
Sun, April 17 4:30 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, April 17 7 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Mon, April 18 7 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Wed, April 20 7 p.m. Oklahoma at Arkansas SEC Network
Sat, April 23 2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn ESPNU
Sat, April 23 6 p.m. Kentucky at Alabama SEC Network
Sat, April 23 8 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sun, April 24 5 p.m. Mississippi State at Florida SEC Network
Sun, April 24 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Mon, April 25 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Wed, April 27 7 p.m. UAB at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sat, April 30 noon Alabama at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, April 30 2 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sat, April 30 4:30 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, April 30 7 p.m. LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
Sat, April 30 8 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPN2
Sun, May 01 4:30 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, May 01 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee ESPNU
Mon, May 02 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, May 07 noon Georgia at Alabama ESPN2
Sat, May 07 1 p.m. Tennessee at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sat, May 07 1 p.m. Texas A&M at Auburn ESPNU
Sat, May 07 3 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri ESPNU
Sun, May 08 1 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
Wed, May 11 noon SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Wed, May 11 7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: First Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 noon SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 2:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 5 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Thu, May 12 7:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Second Round SEC Network
Fri, May 13 3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Semifinal ESPNU
Fri, May 13 5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament: Semifinal ESPNU
Sat, May 14 8 p.m. SEC Softball Championship Game ESPN



*All times are eastern unless noted different and game schedules are subject to change. Check local listings.


 

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