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New transfer rule eliminates permission-to-contact process

New Transfer Rule Eliminates Permission-to-contact Process in Division I College Sports

DI Council hopes change brings transparency and opens conversation between students and coaches

June 13, 2018- Beginning in October, Division I student-athletes will have the ability to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking their current school for permission.

The Division I Council adopted a proposal this week that creates a new “notification-of-transfer” model. This new system allows a student to inform his or her current school of a desire to transfer, then requires that school to enter the student’s name into a national transfer database within two business days. Once the student-athlete’s name is in the database, other coaches are free to contact that individual.

“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”

The previous transfer rule, which required student-athletes to get permission from their current school to contact another school before they can receive a scholarship after transfer, was intended to discourage coaches from recruiting student-athletes from other Division I schools. The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools. Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.

Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.

Nicholas Clark, a recent graduate of and former football player at Coastal Carolina who represents the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on the Council, said the rule change promotes fairness and the well-being of college athletes.

“This creates a safe place for student-athletes to have a conversation with their coaches and makes the whole process more transparent,” Clark said. “This will clean the process up and give more influence and flexibility to the student-athlete.”

The Transfer Working Group first introduced the proposal in fall 2017, aiming to detach a student-athlete’s pursuit of transferring to a different school from the process of receiving a scholarship at the new college or university. The new rule was developed based on a series of principles the Division I Board of Directors developed for the working group, including any rule changes should support the academic success of student-athletes, be based on data and create the least restrictive environment possible for student-athletes.

Another financial aid element, autonomy legislation that governs when a school can reduce or cancel aid, may be adjusted next week by the autonomy conferences. Currently, a student’s notification of intent to transfer at the end of a term is not one of the listed reasons a school can use to cancel aid. The autonomy conferences will consider, by an electronic vote, two different proposals to allow schools to cancel the aid.

The rule change takes effect Oct. 15.

The Transfer Working Group will continue working on other transfer issues, including rules surrounding postgraduate transfers, and still is exploring the possibility of uniform transfer rules.

Courtesy of NCAA


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College Softball Games on TV 4-21-17

College Softball Games on TV and streaming this weekend! April 21, 2017

Featured match up with #6 Oregon vs #3 Arizona!

Other games: Baylor vs. #8 Oklahoma, #2 Florida St vs Louisville, Tennessee vs LSU and many more!

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Clemson Adding Softball Program

Clemson Adding Softball Program

March 14, 2017

CLEMSON — Clemson Athletics announced plans Tuesday to sponsor intercollegiate softball as a substitute for the women’s diving program, which competed in its final season in 2017.

“Softball is a tremendously popular sport among young women in the state of South Carolina and around the nation,” Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich said. “We’ve evaluated our sport offerings over the past few years and believe this is our best path forward. Among other considerations, softball will allow us to provide an opportunity to compete quickly with the other 13 softball-playing schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference, for increased exposure with our television partners and allow for our continued compliance with Title IX participation ratios.”

Women’s diving has competed as a stand-alone program since the university discontinued its men’s and women’s swimming and men’s diving programs following the 2011-12 season. Clemson’s women’s diving program is the lone diving-only women’s program in the ACC, and operates at a competitive disadvantage as championship scoring is based on combined swimming and diving points.

“Any time changes to sport offerings are made, it can be difficult for current student-athletes and coaches, as well as for our former letterwinners. I want to express our gratitude to Coach Leslie Hasselbach-Adams and the young women in our program for the way they’ve represented our university and competed with integrity and class,” Radakovich said.

Diving student-athletes can remain at Clemson with their current levels of financial aid and continue to receive academic support and other benefits provided to active student-athletes throughout the duration of their eligibility. Should they wish to continue their competitive diving careers, each of our student-athletes will be given their full and immediate release to transfer to any school of their choosing.

A timeline for the development of the softball program is being finalized with a potential first pitch in February 2020, coinciding with the linear launch of the ACC Network.

“Since I arrived at Clemson in late 2012, the most common question I’ve received from our fans, supporters and young women throughout the state has been, ‘Are you going to add softball?’ and I’m happy to now have a definitive answer,” Radakovich said. “There’s a lot to be done between now and the first pitch, including construction of a softball stadium and hiring coaches and support personnel, but I know there’s excitement around Clemson and throughout our state for the launch of this program.”

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why is the department adding softball?
The first goal of the department’s mission and vision is to: “Recruit and attract gifted individuals to best represent the University, who allow our teams to compete nationally both in the classroom and on the field.” (Clemson Athletics Vision and Mission)

Currently, more than 200 high schools in South Carolina compete in fast-pitch softball at the secondary school level. Softball has seen consistent growth in participation numbers around the country and an increase in viewership over the past decade, and softball will provide Clemson an opportunity for enhanced competitiveness and exposure in the coming years.

With the approaching launch of the linear ACC Network and with increased exposure opportunities with ACC Network Extra, softball will help showcase our university to the nation. We will build a first-class facility, hire a talented staff and recruit exceptional student athletes.

Why not continue the women’s diving program?
The decision to discontinue a sport is a difficult one, and was made with a great deal of thought and consideration. The decision impacts student-athletes, our coaches, families and alumni. Ultimately, the challenges of supporting a highly competitive diving program with our geographic disadvantage and the absence of a full swim program proved to be too great to overcome. The financial, facility, participation and geographic considerations of adding women’s swimming weighed against the opportunities provided by adding softball ultimately formed the department’s path forward.

What happens to divers that want to transfer or want to stay at Clemson?
Each of our divers will be given their full and immediate release to transfer to any school of their choosing, should they wish to continue their competitive diving careers. Diving student-athletes can remain at Clemson with their current levels of financial aid and continue to receive academic support and other benefits provided to active student-athletes throughout the duration of their eligibility.

Were other sports considered for addition?
Clemson Athletics constantly reviews its sports offerings to ensure it best represents our university and provides our student-athletes with an opportunity to develop and succeed. Over the past several years, considerations for renewing wrestling or swimming or beginning men’s or women’s lacrosse were deliberated. All potential sport offerings are evaluated on the benefits and the costs and for Clemson, at this time, softball is the best addition to our sports programs.

Was this about money?
No. The department takes its responsibility as a self-funded auxiliary unit of the university seriously, and does so without any funding from the state, student tickets or student-fees.

Both the short-term and long-term forecasts for softball show it is likely to cost more than diving, but the benefits to the university and to the state of South Carolina outweigh the projected financial impact.

What is the timeline for softball?
The first consideration is how quickly we can build a stadium. We’ll work with campus officials to work through the required Board of Trustee and state approval processes to begin construction as quickly as possible, and we’ll work with IPTAY to begin fundraising. Once we know more, we’ll have a better understanding on how soon the program can begin competition.

Where can I find out more about the softball program?
We’ll continue to update everyone on the progress at ClemsonTigers.com, on social media at @ClemsonTigers and @ClemsonSoftball. If you have specific questions or suggestions, you can email them to softball@clemson.edu.


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2017 NCAA Division One Televised College Softball Schedule

With More Than 600 Games, ESPN’s College Softball Schedule is a Grand Slam

View the 2017 Super Regionals Televised game schedule here…

  • ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + all Carry Games This Season
  • More than 30 TV Games Featuring Ranked Teams Going Head to Head
  • 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 LSU in More Than 100 Games; Nearly Entire Top 25 Featured

Continuing a long-standing commitment to the sport, ESPN offers more than 600 college softball games across its variety of networks this season beginning in February. The industry-leading slate features No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Florida State, and No. 5 LSU in more than 100 games and nearly every team in the preseason top 25. More than 65 games airing on television has a ranked team, including at least 35 games with ranked teams facing one another.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, ACC Network Extra, ESPN3, and SEC Network + will all carry games. Highlights include:

  • Best of the Best: Among the plethora of games featuring ranked teams matching up include:
    • No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida (March 11-13)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida (March 25-27)
    • No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia (April 1-2)
    • No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama (April 8-9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA (April 9)
    • No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona (April 22-23)
    • No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma (April 22-23)
  • National Champion and No. 1 Ranked Sooners: The defending Women’s College World Series champion and preseason No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners air seven times this season. In addition to the before mentioned series with Baylor, the Sooners will be at Texas (April 7-9) and at Oklahoma State (May 3 & 6).
  • No. 2 Auburn Tigers: Last season’s WCWS runner-up and preseason No. 2 Auburn Tigers will be shown more than 30 times this season, including during SEC Network’s opening weekend when the Tigers host No. 5 LSU (March 11-12).
  • SEC Network: Begins its more than 50-game schedule with an “All Softball Weekend” (March 11-12), airing eight games which showcases every SEC conference matchup that weekend. Complete details, including information on the Bases Loaded programming (May 5), can be seen here.
  • Longhorn Network: Features nearly every Texas home game and airs 35 games in total this season. The network’s schedule begins with the Texas Classic (Feb 10-12), which also features No. 14 Minnesota.
  • ACC Network Extra: All 11 ACC schools will be featured multiple times throughout the season, with more than 100 games streaming on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The schedule is highlighted with 40 games featuring a ranked matchup, including No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 22 Notre Dame when they go head to head (March 17-19). ACC Network Extra’s schedule will continuously be updated here as additional games are added.
  • SEC Network +: Streams more than 250 games this season featuring contests from every SEC school, which in addition to Auburn, Florida and LSU, includes No. 7 Alabama, No. 10 Georgia, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 19 Missouri and No. 20 Kentucky.
  • ESPN3: Expected to stream more than 200 games from more than 10 conferences, which is likely to include Atlantic Sun, Big East, Big South, Big West, Horizon League, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Missouri Valley, Southland, Sun Belt, and Western Athletic. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette is expected to be featured. More information on the network’s schedule will be updated here.
  • Conference Championships: The regular season slate concludes with a triple header of conference championship games aired on ESPN (May 13) – American, ACC and SEC. ESPNU and SEC Network will televise the earlier rounds of the SEC Championship while ACC Network Extra will carry the early rounds of the ACC tournament. ESPN3 is also expected to carry a number of conference championships with that schedule announced later.
  • NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN will once again be the home of the postseason beginning with the selection show (May 14 on ESPNU). Regional, Super Regional and Women’s College World Series coverage will follow with complete details announced in the coming months.

 


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2017 NCAA Division One Women’s College Softball Televised Schedule


Date

Time (ET) Game Network
Feb 9 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 2 Auburn ESPNU**
Feb 10 12:30 p.m. Maryland  vs. No. 14 Minnesota Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. Maryland vs. Colorado State Longhorn Network
  5:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 11 Noon Colorado State vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 14 Minnesota  at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. Maryland at Texas Longhorn Network
  9:30 p.m. Colorado State vs. No. 14 Minnesota   Longhorn Network *
Feb 12 11:00 a.m. No. 14 Minnesota  vs. Maryland Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Colorado State at Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 16 7:00 p.m. Indiana vs. Texas Longhorn Network
Feb 17 11:00 a.m. Indiana vs Louisiana Tech Longhorn Network
  1:30 p.m. Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  4:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Texas Longhorn Network
  10:30 p.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
Feb 18 11:00 a.m. Indiana at Texas Longhorn Network
  11 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Texas Longhorn Network*
Feb 19 1 a.m. Indiana vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network *
  3 a.m. Louisiana Tech vs. South Carolina Longhorn Network*
  Noon Louisiana Tech at South Carolina Longhorn Network
March 1 7 p.m. Texas State at Texas Longhorn Network
March 7 7:30 p.m. Troy at Mississippi State SEC Network
March 8 5:00 P.M. UT San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. Arkansas at No. 7 Alabama SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn   SEC Network
March 12 1:00 p.m. South Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 2 Auburn SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida ESPNU
March 13 7:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 17 6:00 p.m.

Southern at Mississippi Valley State

ESPNU
March 18 Noon

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia  

SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.

No. 20 Kentucky  at No. 10 Georgia

SEC Network

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March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6:00 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 15 Tennessee SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No.3 Florida ESPN2
March 26 1:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri at No. 18 Texas A&M ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida ESPN2
March 27 7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
March 29 7:00 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama at No. 19 Missouri   SEC Network
  6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia   ESPN2
April 2 2:00 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4:30 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon No. 2 Auburn at No. 10 Georgia SEC Network

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  2:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
  2:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 2 Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at No. 7 Alabama   ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 8 UCLA  

ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 10 7:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 12 7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
April 13 6:00 p.m. t-No. 24 South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 16 3:00 p.m.

No. 19 Missouri at No. 2 Auburn

ESPN2
  7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.

No. 7 Alabama at No. 15 Tennessee

SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2:00 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.

No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona

ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. No. 10 Georgia  at No. 18 Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at No. 3 Florida SEC Network
  Noon No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor at No. 1 Oklahoma ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 15 Tennessee at No. 5 LSU SEC Network
  3:00 p.m. No. 9 Oregon at No. 12 Arizona   ESPN2
  7 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7:00 p.m. Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 4 Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2:00 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3:00 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M at No. 20 Kentucky SEC Network
  8:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at No. 5 LSU ESPN2
April 30 1:00 p.m. No. 3 Florida at No. 15 Tennessee ESPN2
  3:00 p.m. No. 19 Missouri  at  No. 5 LSU ESPN2
  6:00 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network





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May 1 7:00 p.m. No. 7 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. No. 18 Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4:00 p.m. No. 20 Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. No. 1 Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6:00 p.m. No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  9:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona at No. 8 UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon No. 5 LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1:00 p.m. No. 2 Auburn  at No. 7 Alabama ESPN2
  2:00 p.m. No. 21 Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4:00 p.m. No. 12 Arizona  at No. 8 UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
3:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Washington vs Utah PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
5:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State PAC-12 Network
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN
Noon PDT Washington vs Utah
PAC-12 Network
Noon PDT Oregon vs Stanford
PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT Oregon State vs California PAC-12 Network
2:00 p.m. PDT UCLA vs Arizona State
PAC-12 Network

*Air time later than game time
**Game played in Mexico; Not produced by ESPN

Note: All times are eastern unless noted different and game schedules are subject to change. Check local listings. PDT=Pacific Time

Rankings are per USA Softball (January 31)


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Former Wildcat Taryne Mowatt Changed the Stereotype


First Choice Softball note: The following is a 2007 article from the Arizona Daily Star. We have reprinted it here with permission from the publisher, as we believe the message is timeless and can be an inspiration to other pitchers facing the “shorter than 6 foot” challenge.


Arizona’s Mowatt: Above and beyond

By Patrick Finley -Arizona Star (2007 original publication date)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Taryne Mowatt stands 5 feet 6 inches, but she looks taller. She has an extra foot of tenacity.

How else to explain what the UA pitcher did while becoming the Most Outstanding Player in the Women’s College World Series?

Mowatt threw 1,035 pitches in eight games over seven days to lead the Wildcats to their second straight WCWS title. She defeated Tennessee’s Monica Abbott, a pitcher 9 inches taller who had thrown two fewer games.

In doing so, she might have changed the perception of softball pitchers.

“You know what’s so nice, I think, for the game of softball?” UA coach Mike Candrea said. “Everyone thinks pitchers need to be 6-foot. To see a little petite girl throw her (butt) off makes me so proud.”

In recent history, dominant pitchers have been bigger. Former Texas star Cat Osterman, widely considered the greatest pitcher in history, is 6-3. So is Abbott, the NCAA’s career leader in wins, shutouts, innings pitched, starts, appearances and strikeouts.

Alicia Hollowell, who led the UA to a title last year, is 6-1. Jennie Finch, the 2001 WCWS hero, measures 6 feet tall.

UCLA’s Keira Goerl and LSU’s Kristin Schmidt — 2003 and 2004 tournament MOPs, respectively — stand 5-10 and 5-9.

While height is listed for softball players, weight does not appear in media guides and is not widely discussed.

“I have little girls come up to me and they’re like, ‘It’s so good to see somebody who’s not the biggest person out there,'” said Mowatt, who has played since she was 7. “I just hope little girls think that you don’t have to be 6-foot and above to be a main pitcher. You can pitch as long as you want — you just have to work hard.

“I definitely like the fact that you don’t have to be 6-3. I think I changed that stereotype a little bit.”

She did it at a disadvantage — at least compared to Abbott. The Volunteers’ fireballer threw harder than 70 mph from the pitching rubber, located 43 feet from the plate.

But from where the ball is released from her hand, “that’s 70 from about 34 feet,” Candrea said.

At about 140 pounds, Mowatt puts less body weight behind her pitches than Abbott. But the UA junior proved you don’t need to win the radar gun battle to win games.

If Abbott was Randy Johnson, Mowatt was Greg Maddux. Throughout the tournament, she mixed pitches as if she were psychic.

Nancy Evans — like Mowatt, a sub-6-foot pitcher when she won the WCWS in 1997 — called pitches from the dugout.

Hollowell, an undergraduate assistant this year, had a simple explanation for Mowatt’s success.

“She has the heart,” Hollowell said. “She’s a little girl. They make it sound like the stereotypical pitcher has to be tall and lanky, but there are plenty of pitchers who aren’t tall but get the job done. Nancy Evans wasn’t 6 feet tall.”

Mowatt said she couldn’t sleep Monday and Tuesday nights because both of her arms ached. And save for a tearful talk with her mom, Suzie, on Monday night — “It was just like everything, the loss, how tired I was, and I let it all out,” she said — Mowatt was the picture of toughness.

“A machine,” said second baseman Chelsie Mesa.

Candrea got a preview of Mowatt’s heart last year. That’s when Mowatt’s father, Larry, told the coach about his daughter’s potential.

“Last year he said, ‘You know what, hang in with her, and she’ll give you some special moments,'” Candrea said.

After Wednesday’s game, Candrea hugged Suzie Mowatt. He told her to thank her husband, who was home in California, for the advice.

“I can’t remember seeing such a gritty performance by an athlete as this young lady gave us,” Candrea said. “Everything was on her shoulders, and she did it.”

Reprinted with permission from Arizona Daily Star.


First Choice Softball note: In the 2007 Women’s College World Series, Mowatt lead the Arizona Wildcats, at that time, to their second consecutive and 8th overall national softball title. All-American, Mowatt was awarded two ESPY Awards during her Wildcat career; Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete. She went on to graduate from Arizona in 2008. Mowatt went on to play professional softball, coached at California Baptist University and is currently (2017) the pitching coach at Ole Miss University.


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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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2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

2016 SEC Network + (The Digital Home of SEC Women’s College Softball Schedule)

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.

Date Time (ET) Game
03/04/2016 3 p.m. UAB at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Kennesaw State at South Carolina
03/04/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at Arkansas
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 5 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 5:30 p.m. Green Bay at No. 20 Tennessee
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Indiana at No. 4 Auburn
03/04/2016 6:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at Arkansas
03/04/2016 7 p.m. Chattanooga at Mississippi State
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/04/2016 7:30 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/04/2016 9:30 p.m. Northwestern State at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Murray State at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 1:30 p.m. Michigan State at South Carolina
03/05/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 2:30 p.m. DePaul at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Bryant at No. 4 Auburn
03/05/2016 4 p.m. Connecticut at South Carolina
03/05/2016 4:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi State
03/05/2016 5 p.m. UMass at Ole Miss
03/05/2016 5 p.m. North Dakota State at No. 2 Alabama
03/05/2016 7:30 p.m. Penn State at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 12:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1 p.m. Tennessee Tech at No. 6 LSU
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Belmont at Ole Miss
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 1:30 p.m. Wright State at Arkansas
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at No. 2 Alabama
03/06/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 19 Minnesota at No. 11 Georgia
03/06/2016 3 p.m. TBD
03/06/2016 3 p.m. Western Kentucky at Mississippi State
03/08/2016 6 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville at South Carolina
03/08/2016 6 p.m. Boston College at No. 11 Georgia
03/08/2016 7 p.m. Penn State at Mississippi State
03/09/2016 4 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 5 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Indiana at No. 16 Kentucky
03/09/2016 6 p.m. Missouri State at Arkansas
03/09/2016 6:30 p.m. South Dakota at No. 1 Florida
03/09/2016 7 p.m. Youngstown State at Ole Miss
03/09/2016 7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at No. 4 Auburn
03/11/2016 6 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/11/2016 7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/11/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/12/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/12/2016 4 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/12/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Ole Miss
03/13/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at South Carolina
03/13/2016 1:30 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/15/2016 4 p.m. Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
03/15/2016 7 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/16/2016 4 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 5 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Winthrop at No. 1 Florida
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Kennesaw State at No. 11 Georgia
03/16/2016 6 p.m. Tulsa at Arkansas
03/16/2016 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at South Carolina
03/16/2016 7:30 p.m. Western Illinois at No. 14 Missouri
03/18/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/18/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/18/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/19/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/19/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/19/2016 4 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 1 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 16 Kentucky
03/20/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 9 Texas A&M
03/20/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Mississippi State
03/20/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/21/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at South Carolina
03/22/2016 3 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 5:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
03/22/2016 6:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi State
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Alcorn State at No. 2 Alabama
03/22/2016 7 p.m. Nicholls State at No. 6 LSU
03/23/2016 5 p.m. Murray State at No. 16 Kentucky
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Charleston Southern at South Carolina
03/23/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 1 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/25/2016 5 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/25/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/25/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/25/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/25/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 6 LSU
03/26/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/26/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/26/2016 3 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama
03/26/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 4 Auburn
03/27/2016 2 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 20 Tennessee
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 11 Georgia
03/27/2016 2 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at Arkansas
03/29/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 11 Georgia
03/29/2016 7 p.m. Samford at Ole Miss
03/29/2016 7 p.m. UAB at No. 2 Alabama
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/01/2016 6 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. Arkansas at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/01/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/02/2016 3 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/02/2016 3 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/02/2016 7 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
04/03/2016 1 p.m. Troy at South Carolina
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at No. 16 Kentucky
04/03/2016 1 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at No. 14 Missouri
04/03/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at No. 11 Georgia
04/05/2016 6 p.m. UNC-Wilmington at South Carolina
04/05/2016 7 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at No. 2 Alabama
04/06/2016 5:30 p.m. Louisville at No. 16 Kentucky
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Troy at No. 4 Auburn
04/06/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at No. 6 LSU
04/06/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at Mississippi State
04/06/2016 7:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/08/2016 6 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/08/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/08/2016 7 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/08/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/08/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/09/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/09/2016 3 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/09/2016 6 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/09/2016 7 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 1 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 14 Missouri
04/10/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 20 Tennessee
04/10/2016 2 p.m. No. 1 Florida at Ole Miss
04/10/2016 2 p.m. Longwood at No. 4 Auburn
04/10/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas
04/10/2016 2:30 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama
04/13/2016 5 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Tennessee-Martin at Ole Miss
04/13/2016 6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at No. 16 Kentucky
04/13/2016 7:30 p.m. Wichita State at No. 14 Missouri
04/15/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/15/2016 6 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/15/2016 6:30 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Mississippi State
04/15/2016 7 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/15/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/16/2016 3 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/16/2016 3:30 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/16/2016 4 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/16/2016 5 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1 p.m. LA-Lafayette at No. 1 Florida
04/17/2016 1 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at No. 16 Kentucky
04/17/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/17/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina
04/17/2016 2 p.m. No. 4 Auburn at Arkansas
04/19/2016 6 p.m. Georgia Southern at South Carolina
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Memphis at Ole Miss
04/19/2016 7 p.m. Southern Mississippi at Mississippi State
04/20/2016 5 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/20/2016 6 p.m. South Florida at No. 1 Florida
04/20/2016 6 p.m. Georgia State at No. 11 Georgia
04/20/2016 7 p.m. South Alabama at No. 2 Alabama
04/20/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Florida State at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 6 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/22/2016 7 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/22/2016 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/22/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/23/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 1 Florida
04/23/2016 7 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/23/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 14 Missouri
04/24/2016 2 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
04/24/2016 2 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 4 Auburn
04/24/2016 2 p.m. South Carolina at No. 6 LSU
04/24/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 16 Kentucky at No. 2 Alabama
04/26/2016 6 p.m. Furman at South Carolina
04/26/2016 7 p.m. McNeese State at No. 6 LSU
04/29/2016 6 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/29/2016 6 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 14 Missouri at Mississippi State
04/29/2016 7 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
04/29/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
04/30/2016 12 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
04/30/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 1 p.m. No. 2 Alabama at South Carolina
05/01/2016 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Florida at No. 9 Texas A&M
05/01/2016 2 p.m. Ole Miss at No. 11 Georgia
05/01/2016 2 p.m. No. 6 LSU at Arkansas
05/06/2016 6 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/06/2016 7 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama
05/06/2016 7:30 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/07/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Arkansas at No. 1 Florida
05/08/2016 1 p.m. Mississippi State at No. 16 Kentucky
05/08/2016 1 p.m. South Carolina at No. 14 Missouri
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee at Ole Miss
05/08/2016 2 p.m. No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 4 Auburn
05/08/2016 2:30 p.m. No. 11 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama

Rankings per USA Today Softball (March 1)



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Longhorn Network: Home of Texas Softball

  • More than 35 Games from Red and Charline McCombs Field
  • Big 12 Play Features No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech
  • Former Longhorn Megan Willis Returns as Analyst

Longhorn Network will televise more than 35 college softball games from Red and Charline McCombs Field during the 2016 season, including 29 Texas home games.

Texas begins its season on the Longhorn Network when it hosts Arkansas (Feb 11 at 6 p.m. CT), the first of more than 10 Texas games in the month of February. 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 (No. 16 Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech) in April and May.

Texas will also be seen twice on ESPN2, when it travels to Baylor (March 26) and Oklahoma (April 16).

As part of the Texas Classic (Feb 11-14) and Texas Invitational (Feb 25-28), Longhorn Network will also air seven games which do not include the Longhorns.

Megan Willis, a 2007 Texas graduate and former Longhorn catcher, will again be the analyst on the telecasts. Willis was a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006) at the school and continues to play the National Pro Fastpitch League, currently with the USSSA Pride.  Alex Loeb and Tyler Denning will rotate calling play-by-play throughout the season.

2016 Longhorn Network Softball Television Schedule

Date Time (CT) Game
Feb 11 6 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
Feb 12 Noon Arkansas vs. North Dakota State*
3 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
6 p.m. UNC at Texas*
Feb 13 10 a.m. North Dakota State vs. Arkansas*
1 p.m. UNC at Texas*
3:30 p.m. Arkansas at Texas*
6 p.m. UNC vs. North Dakota State*
Feb 14 9 a.m. Arkansas vs UNC*
Noon North Dakota State at Texas*
Feb 26 9 a.m. Weber vs. Tulsa**
Noon Abilene Christian at Texas**
2:30 p.m. Tulsa at Texas**
Feb 27 10 a.m. Tulsa at Texas**
12:30 p.m. Illinois at Texas**
Feb 28 10 a.m. Weber State at Texas**
3:30 p.m. Tulsa vs. Illinois**^
March 8 4:30 p.m. UTSA at Texas
March 9 6 p.m. North Texas at Texas
March 26 8 p.m. Texas at Baylor***
March 30 6 p.m. Texas State at Texas
April 1 5 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 2 6 p.m. BYU at Texas
8:30 p.m. BYU at Texas
April 5 4:30 p.m. UTEP at Texas
midnight UTEP at Texas^
April 8 6 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 9 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas
April 10 Noon Texas Tech at Texas
April 16 2 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma***
April 22 6 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 23 1 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas
April 24 Noon Oklahoma State at Texas
April 27 6 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas
April 29 4:30 p.m. Kansas at Texas
April 30 1 p.m. Kansas at Texas
May 1 11 a.m. Kansas at Texas
May 14 8 p.m. No. 16 Baylor at Texas

*Texas Classic Event
**Texas Invitational
***on ESPN2
^Taped Delay

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ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College.  Longhorn Network (LHN) offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings. The network is also available to subscribers via WatchESPN on smartphones, tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


 

 


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