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ESPN Covers Every Game from All 16 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regionals For the First Time

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Up to 112 Regional Round Games; Bases Loaded Returns

  • Florida Gators: Championship’s No. 1 Seed for Third Consecutive Year; Defending National Champion Oklahoma Sooners Host Regional
  • Every Game From Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series Televised

ESPN will cover every game from all 16 Regionals of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship for the first-time ever, resulting in up to 112 games on an ESPN network between Thursday, May 18, and Sunday, May 21. This season’s expanded Regional round coverage, combined with the continuation of ESPN’s long tradition of televising every Super Regional and Women’s College World Series game, results in ESPN carrying every game of college softball’s month-long postseason tournament for the first time ever.

“Adding complete coverage of the Regional round is another sign of our commitment to college softball and another way we are serving the fans,” said Dan Margulis, senior director of programming and acquisitions. “We have been working towards this goal in the last several seasons, including covering 12 Regionals each of the last two years. This season, we are thrilled to cover all 16. Providing fans a platform to watch every game from the regionals, super regionals and the WCWS is the culmination of our extensive history with the sport and its Championship.”

In addition to this season being the first year that every regional is covered, it is the 17th and 11th consecutive season, respectively, that every game from the WCWS and the Super Regionals is televised.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Field
The NCAA Division I Softball Committee determined the field which was announced during ESPN’s NCAA Softball Championship Selection Special Presented by Capital One on Sunday, May 14.  The top 16 teams are seeded and serve as hosts for the regional round, playing at their own campus sites. ESPN will carry the games across a variety of its networks — ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, SEC Network, and Longhorn Network.  Each regional is a four-team, double-elimination tournament, concluding with one team advancing to the Super Regionals and reducing the field from 64 teams to 16 in the process.

The Florida Gators are the No. 1 seed in the championship for the third consecutive year and will host the Gainesville Regional. The remaining seeds hosting regionals: No. 2 Arizona (Tucson Regional), No. 3 Oregon (Eugene Regional), No. 4 Florida State (Tallahassee Regional), No. 5 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional), No. 6 Washington (Seattle Regional), No. 7 Auburn (Auburn Regional),  No. 8 Tennessee (Knoxville Regional), No. 9 Texas A&M (College Station Regional), No. 10 Oklahoma (Norman Regional), No. 11 Utah (Salt Lake City Regional), No. 12 Ole Miss (Oxford Regional), No. 13 LSU (Baton Rouge Regional), No. 14 Kentucky (Lexington Regional), No 15 Baylor (Waco Regional),  and No. 16 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional).

The SEC received the most bids (13), for the third consecutive year, followed by the Pac-12 (8). Three teams are making their first appearance in the tournament: East Tennessee State University, Montana and Saint Francis (Pennsylvania). Only 12 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and all 12 will compete in this year’s bracket. The complete 64-team bracket can be seen here.

ESPN Analysts
ESPN’s softball analysts include accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players:

  • Leah Amico –  Tallahassee Regional
    • 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
    • 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– Auburn Regional
    • 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)
  • Leigh Dakich  Gainesville Regional
    • 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
  • Francesca Enea – Waco Regional  
    • College: Florida
    • Honors:  National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/Louisville Slugger Second-Team All-American (2008 and 2009); All- Southeastern Conference Second Team (2009); WCWS All-Tournament team (2008).
  • Kenzie Fowler – Tucson Regional
    • College: Arizona
    • Honors:  38-9 record, 1.53 ERA and 371 strikeouts in 284.1 innings as a freshman at Arizona, helping lead the Wildcats to the WCWS Finals
  • Amanda Freed – Los Angeles Regional  
    • College: UCLA
    • Honors:  National Champion (1999), pitched in the three other WCWS (2000, ’01, ’02, ’03), member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Cheri Kempf  Tuscaloosa Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion, National MVP and played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992)
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009), All-American, and played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Erin Miller – College Station Regional   
    • College: Oklahoma
    • Honors:  Co-Big 12 Player of the Year (2016); Top 10 Finalists for 2016 Senior Class Award (2016);  Two-time National Champion (2013, ’16); All-American (2016)
    • College: Michigan
    • Honors: National Championship (2005), played for USA National Team (2007) in the World Cup  and Pan American games
  • Amanda Scarborough–  Oxford Regional
    • 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– Seattle Regional
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two-time All-American, two time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00)  and eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Megan Turk– Salt Lake City Regional    
    • College: Baylor
    • Honors: Second-team All-Big 12 as a junior, helped Bears advance to the WCWS
  • Megan Willis– Norman Regional
    • College: Texas
    • Honors: Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006); Played in National Fastpitch League

ESPN’s play-by-play commentators will be as followed:  Trey Bender (Eugene Regional), Lisa Byington (Knoxville Regional), Eric Collins (Oxford Regional),  Tyler Denning (College Station Regional),  Eric Frede (Tallahassee Regional), Beth Mowins (Seattle Regional), Jenn Hildreth (Lexington Regional), Melissa Lee (Gainesville Regional), Dean Linke (Tucson Regional), Alex Loeb (Norman Regional), Mark Neely (Auburn Regional),  Alex Perlman (Salt Lake City Regional),  Brenda VanLengen (Waco Regional), Tracy Warren (Los Angeles Regional), and Pam Ward (Tuscaloosa Regional)


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Additional ESPN Regional Round Highlights

Bases Loaded Returns
For the third consecutive year, ESPN’s NCAA Softball Championship Regional coverage is supplemented with a Bases Loaded viewing option — look-ins to multiple live games throughout the day while also recapping the entire tournament up to that moment.. Bases Loaded will be seen on its own channel on linear television and streaming on ESPN3. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will also air it throughout the weekend at various times. A complete Bases Loaded programming schedule will be available soon. Matt Schick will host and Kayla Braud will provide the analysis.

espnW.com
espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Recaps: Graham Hayswill provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
  • Behind the Scenes Coverage: ESPN Covers Every Game from All 16 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Regionals For the First TimeFrom playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.
  • The espnW Player of the Year: The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
  • Schedules and Results: All the scores and schedules can be found here

Follow and Join the Social Media Conversation
A number of social handles — @ESPNU, @espnW, and @NCAASoftball — will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #NCAASoftball in the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.


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ESPN’s 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Schedule
Regional Round (May 18 – May 21)

Please Note: All games from the 16 regionals below will be shown on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ESPN3, or Longhorn Network. Currently, only Thursday and Friday networks have been announced. Please check espnW’s schedule and results page and the @NCAASoftball handle page for updated schedule listings throughout the weekend.

Salt Lake Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, May 186 p.m.Mississippi State vs. BYU
Alex Perlman, Megan Turk
ESPN3
 8:30 p.m.Fordham vs. No. 11 Utah
Alex Perlman, Megan Turk
ESPN3
Fri, May 193 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 8 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sat, May 204 p.m.Game 6TBD
 6:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

Gainesville Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 19NoonFIU vs. Oklahoma State
Melissa Lee, Lee Dakich
ESPNU
 2:30 p.m.Florida A&M vs. No. 1 Florida
Melissa Lee, Lee Dakich
SEC Network
Sat, May 20NoonGame 3TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 5 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 21NoonGame 6TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Lexington Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 19NoonMarshall vs. Illinois
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPN2
 2:30 p.m.DePaul vs. No. 14 Kentucky
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPN3
Sat, May 20NoonGame 3TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 5 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 21NoonGame 6TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Norman Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 1912:30 p.m.Arkansas vs. Tulsa
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
SEC Network
 3 p.m.North Dakota State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
ESPN3
Sat, May 202:30 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Baton Rouge Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 194 p.m.McNeese vs. Louisiana 
ESPN3
 6:30 p.m.Fairfield vs. No. 13 LSU ESPN3
Sat, May 201 p.m.Game 3TBD
 3:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 6 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Knoxville Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 194:30 p.m.USC Upstate vs. Ohio State
Lisa Byington, Jennie Ritter
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Longwood vs. No. 8 Tennessee
Lisa Byington, Jennie Ritter
ESPN2
Sat, May 20NoonGame 3TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 5 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 21NoonGame 6TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

 
Auburn Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 192 p.m.Notre Dame vs. California
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill   
ESPN2
 4:30 p.m.East Tennessee State vs. No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill   
ESPNU
Sat, May 202:30 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5 p.m.Game 7*TBD

 


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If I see TUCSON spelled TUSCON in writing as I did on this article (before I tweeted to Volner and he corrected it), or even worse, on the selection show screen Sunday night, I'm gonna scream.

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Tuscaloosa Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 192:30 p.m.Louisiana Tech vs. Minnesota
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPNU
 5 p.m.Albany vs. No. 16 Alabama
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
SEC Network
Sat, May 202:30 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Tallahassee Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 194:30 p.m.Jacksonville State vs. Georgia
Eric Frede, Leah Amico
ESPN2
 7 p.m.Princeton vs. No. 4 Florida State
Eric Frede, Leah Amico
ESPNU
Sat, May 20NoonGame 3TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 5 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 21NoonGame 6TBD
 2:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Waco Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 195 p.m.Oregon State vs. James Madison ESPN3
 7:30 p.m.Kent State vs. No. 15 BaylorESPN3
Sat, May 202 p.m.Game 3TBD
 4:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212 p.m.Game 6TBD
 4:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD


College Station Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 195 p.m.Texas vs. Texas State
Tyler Denning, Erin Miller
Longhorn Network
 7:30 p.m.Texas Southern vs. No. 9 Texas A&M
Tyler Denning, Erin Miller
ESPN3
Sat, May 202:30 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Oxford Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 197 p.m.North Carolina vs. Arizona State
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough   
ESPN
 9:30 p.m.Southern Illinois vs. No. 12 Ole Miss
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough   
ESPN3
Sat, May 202:30 p.m.Game 3TBD
 5 p.m.Game 4TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 212:30 p.m.Game 6TBD
 5 p.m.Game 7*TBD


Tucson Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 197 p.m.Saint Francis vs. South Carolina
Dean Linke, Kenzie Fowler
ESPN3
 9:30 p.m.New Mexico State vs. No. 2  Arizona
Dean Linke, Kenzie Fowler
ESPNU
Sat, May 205 p.m.Game 3TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 10 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 217 p.m.Game 6TBD
 9:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

 


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Eugene Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 199 p.m.Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
ESPN
 11:30 p.m.Illinois-Chicago vs. No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
ESPNU
Sat, May 205 p.m.Game 3TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 10 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 217 p.m.Game 6TBD
 9:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

 

Los Angeles Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 199 p.m.San Jose State vs. Cal State Fullerton
Tracy Warren, Amanda Freed
ESPN3
 11:30 p.m.Lehigh vs. No. 5 UCLA
Tracy Warren, Amanda Freed
ESPN2
Sat, May 205 p.m.Game 3TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 10 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 217 p.m.Game 6TBD
 9:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

 

Seattle Regional

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 199 p.m.Fresno State vs. Michigan
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith
ESPN2
 11:30 p.m.Montana vs. No. 6 Washington
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith
ESPN3
Sat, May 205 p.m.Game 3TBD
 7:30 p.m.Game 4TBD
 10 p.m.Game 5TBD
Sun, May 217 p.m.Game 6TBD
 9:30 p.m.Game 7*TBD

*if necessary 


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Beth Mowens and Michelle Smith to Seattle. Wonder why they send the "A" team here?? Gotta be the seafood.
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No baton Rouge crew is interesting
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Right?? Also interesting that a game from College Station is being put on the Longhorn Network.

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Beth Mowens and Michelle Smith to Seattle. Wonder why they send the "A" team here?? Gotta be the seafood.


For the Tarr vs Hutchins cage match...

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Derek put in all that work and Terrell still edits it. [rofl]



And according to LSU softball twitter announcers in BR will be Lynn Rollins and HOF coach Yvette Girouard
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Derek put in all that work and Terrell still edits it. [rofl]


Maybe that's why the regional has no commentators? No willing to just call them Louisiana, lol.
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Derek put in all that work and Terrell still edits it. [rofl]


No shame.
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No shame.


None whatsoever.

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Perhaps they have basketball or something on Thursday night, but it seems a shame that they are relegating the Opening night of the playoffs to ESPN3.
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Baby steps, Stoked all the games are accessible.

Next year, assuming good ratings this coming weekend, I would expect more than one regional to begin on Thursday, and for it to be on the tube
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The need for a Thursday bracket is because BYU being in the tournament. i doubt that is factored in when doing the scheduling for TV.

There are only so many games that can be played on ESPN, espn2 SEC, there were always going to be a number of regionals only available on the web, the contingency for Thursday play would have been to putvthat regional on the web.

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The need for a Thursday bracket is because BYU being in the tournament. i doubt that is factored in when doing the scheduling for TV. There are only so many games that can be played on ESPN, espn2 SEC, there were always going to be a number of regionals only available on the web, the contingency for Thursday play would have been to putvthat regional on the web.


They always have a Thursday-Sat regional. Last year it was in Columbia, the year before in Eugene. I guess the SEC Track championship is more of a draw on ESPN2 in that time slot. They are showing Softball conference championship re-runs on ESPNU and the Texas A&M spring footbal game rerun on the SEC network when they could be showing live a live softball game involving an SEC team.

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They always have a Thursday-Sat regional. Last year it was in Columbia, the year before in Eugene. I guess the SEC Track championship is more of a draw on ESPN2 in that time slot. They are showing Softball conference championship re-runs on ESPNU and the Texas A&M spring footbal game rerun on the SEC network when they could be showing live a live softball game involving an SEC team.


Uhhhh BYU was at the Columbia regional and also at the Eugene regional the year before.

Common denominator.

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Uhhhh BYU was at the Columbia regional and also at the Rugen regional the year before.


Ha. Really. That's funny I never connected these facts.

OK then. Point taken.

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I don't get why the BYU regional is the only Thursday-Saturday deal
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I don't get why the BYU regional is the only Thursday-Saturday deal


BYU prefers not to play on Sunday.

Or is it that you don't get why it's the ONLY one??

I get that too. It seems like they should also put the pairing regional (Seattle in this case) on the same schedule. But that might make too much sense.


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Absolutely, AleDawg.

Plus a couple others... spread it out, give a wider menu from Thursday through Sunday.

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Absolutely, AleDawg.

Plus a couple others... spread it out, give a wider menu from Thursday through Sunday.



Extra day of rest going into super regional

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Well, the Supers go over four days, the Supers that start on Thursday can correspond with regionals that end on Saturday
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Just bringing it back to the top.


It was about to go page 2 and I think it's a very useful post.

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So are the SEC and Longhorn networks available nationally or does your cable company have to subscribe to it?


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Your cable provider must subscribe to it or you can get them through the streaming products (Roku, Apple TV, etc.).

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NCAA Division I Softball Championship: ESPN Televises All Eight Super Regionals

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  • Eight Best-of-Three Series From Campus Sites; Winners Advance to Women’s College World Series
  • Top 16 Seeds Advance; Top 8 Host Super Regionals
  • Jessica Mendoza Returns, Joins Michele Smith and Beth Mowins in Los Angeles; Amanda Scarborough and Eric Collins in Gainesville

ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship continues with exclusive telecasts of the Super Regionals beginning Thursday, May 25, and continuing through Sunday, May 28, with up to 24 games from eight campus sites. The eight, best-of-three series will be televised across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with the victorious teams advancing to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The top eight seeds advanced from the Regional round to host a Super Regional, highlighted by No. 1 seed Florida, which will host No. 16 Alabama (Gainesville Super Regional). There are four west coast Super Regionals sites: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor (Tucson), No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky (Eugene), No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah (Seattle) and No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (Los Angeles). Rounding out the sites: No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSU (Tallahassee), No. 7 Auburn vs. defending national champion and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (Auburn) and No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&M (Knoxville). A complete bracket is available here.

ESPN Commentators
ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, now a MLB analyst working Sunday Night Baseball, returns to ESPN’s softball coverage for the Super Regionals. Mendoza, who began her career with ESPN as a college softball analyst and has called the WCWS for a number of years, will work with fellow college softball analyst Michele Smith, play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins and reporter Holly Rowe in Los Angeles.

Softball analyst Amanda Scarborough along with commentator Eric Colllins will be in Gainesville, Fla., for the call of the SEC matchup between the Crimson Tide and the Gators. Mendoza, Smith, Rowe and Mowins will be paired for the Women’s College World Series, as well as Scarborough joining play-by-play commentator Adam Amin and reporter Laura Rutledge. The full schedule and production details will be announced next week.

  • Jessica Mendoza– Los Angeles Super Regional
    • 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– Los Angeles Super Regional
    • College: Oklahoma State
    • Honors: Two-time All-American; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1996, ’00); eight time Japan Pro League MVP
  • Amanda Scarborough– Gainesville Super Regional
    • 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)

ESPN’s additional six commentator teams are: Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Auburn), Jenn Hildreth and Carol Bruggeman (Tallahassee), Alex Loeb and Megan Willis (Knoxville), Trey Bender and Danielle Lawrie (Eugene), Pam Ward and Cheri Kempf (Tucson) and Courtney Lyle and Leigh Dakich (Seattle).

    • 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
    • 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); NFCA Executive Director
  • Jenny Dalton-Hill– Auburn Super Regional
    • 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)
  • Cheri Kempf  Tucson Super Regional
    • College: Missouri Western State
    • Honors: National Champion; National MVP; played on USA National Team that won the World Cup (1992); NPF Commissioner
    • College: Washington
    • Honors: National Champion (2009); All-American; played for Canadian National Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Megan Willis – Norman Regional 
    • College:Texas
    • Honors: Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2007 and 2006); played in National Fastpitch League

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espnW will have wide-ranging coverage of the entire 2017 NCAA Softball Championship hosted on its softball index.  Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive Recaps:Graham Hays will provide daily recaps and analysis from the Regionals, Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
  • Behind the Scenes Coverage:From playlists to blogs, espnW will provide a unique look into the players’ lives off the field.  
  • The espnW Player of the Year:The 2017 espnW Player of the Year will be revealed on the road to Oklahoma City.
  • Schedules and Results:All the scores and schedules can be found here.

Follow and Join the Social Media Conversation
A number of social handles — @ESPNU@espnW, and @NCAASoftball — will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadToWCWS the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.

ESPN’s 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Television Schedule
Super Regionals (May 25 – 28)

Please Note: Networks are likely to change throughout the weekend. For the latest information, please check espnW’s schedule and results page. The higher seed in each Super Regional has home/away choice in a decisive, if necessary, Game 3.

 Gainesville Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, May 257 p.m.No. 16 Alabama at No. 1 Florida
Eric Collins, Amanda Scarborough
ESPN
Fri, May 267 p.m.No. 1 Florida vs. No. 16 Alabama  ESPN
Sat, May 275 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN

 

Los Angeles Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, May 259 p.m.No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 5 UCLA
Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe
ESPN
Fri, May 269 p.m.No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 12 Ole MissESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 277 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN

 

Auburn Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 264 p.m.No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 7 Auburn
Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill
ESPN2
Sat, May 271 p.m.No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 OklahomaESPN
Sun, May 281 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN

 

Tallahassee Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 265 p.m.No. 13 LSU at No. 4 Florida State
Jenn Hildreth, Carol Bruggeman
ESPNU
Sat, May 273 p.m.No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 LSUESPN
Sun, May 281 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPNU


Knoxville Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 266 p.m.No. 9 Texas A&M at No. 8 Tennessee
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis
ESPN2
Sat, May 275 p.m.No. 8 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Texas A&MESPN2
Sun, May 283 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN

 

Eugene Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 267 p.m.No. 14 Kentucky at No. 3 Oregon
Trey Bender, Danielle Lawrie
ESPNU
Sat, May 277 p.m.No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 14 Kentucky   ESPN2
Sun, May 283 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPNU

 

Tucson Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 269 p.m.No. 15 Baylor at No. 2 Arizona
Pam Ward, Cheri Kempf
ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, May 279 p.m.No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Baylor  ESPN
Sun, May 287 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN2

Seattle Super Regional 

DateTime (ET)Game/CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, May 2611 p.m.No. 11 Utah at No. 6 Washington
Courtney Lyle, Leigh Dakich
ESPN2
Sat, May 279 p.m.No. 6 Washington vs. No. 11 Utah  ESPN2
Sun, May 2810 p.m.Game 3: If NecessaryESPN2

Networks and schedule are subject to change


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