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Continuing on the road to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS), ESPN will televise every game from the NCAA Division I Softball Super Regionals providing fans up to 24 games across ESPN networks from Thursday, May 24, to Sunday, May 27. Games will be available on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Road to the Women’s College World Series 
What started as a field of 64 has been reduced to 16 heading into the Super Regionals with this weekend determining the eight teams that will compete in the Women’s College World Series. For the second consecutive year, all 16 national seeds advanced following regional play with only three of those teams needing a game seven to punch their ticket.

The two-time defending champions No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners will host the No.13 Arkansas Razorbacks who make their first ever appearance in the Super Regionals. No. 1 seed Oregon will host No. 16 Kentucky in Eugene for the second consecutive year. Perhaps the most-storied Super Regional will be Los Angeles, where fans will witness the two most winningest teams in NCAA softball history in No. 3 UCLA and No. 14 Arizona—who, between the two schools, hold 19 of the 35 WCWS titles.

Shaggin’ Stats

  • The SEC continues on a three-year streak of being the conference to send the most teams to the Super Regionals with nine, breaking its own record of eight from last year.
  • No.12 Alabama has made the highest number of appearances at the Super Regionals (format began in 2005) with 14, followed by No. 8 Arizona with 13, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Washington both with 12
  • Three of the Super Regional match-ups will be between Pac-12 and SEC Schools. The Pac-12 is currently 3-1 against the SEC in the post-season.

The Voices of ESPN 
ESPN’s WCWS commentator team will reunite for the Los Angeles Super Regional when Sunday Night Baseball analyst and two-time Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza joins fellow college softball analyst Michele Smith, play-by-play commentator Beth Mowins and reporter Holly Rowe. Mendoza began her career with ESPN as a softball analyst and has contributed to many WCWS telecasts. Amanda Scarborough—who is the analyst on the dayside team for the WCWS—will be in Gainseville alongside play-by-play commentator Tiffany Greene.

The additional commentator teams for the weekend: Eric Frede and Jennie Ritter (Seattle), Alex Loeb and Megan Willis (Athens), Mark Neely and Danielle Lawrie (Eugene), Kevin Brown and Erin Miller (Tallahassee), Pam Ward and Carol Bruggeman (Norman) and Courtney Lyle and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Tempe).

7Innings Podcast
Fans can keep up with all of the action thanks to 7Innings, a weekly softball podcast chronicling the Road to the WCWS. Each week ESPN personalities covering the sport shine a spotlight on the teams and players that make the sport so special. The talent line-up includes Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Amanda Scarborough, Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge and Adam Amin.

 

The most recent edition “Sunset Skirmish” posted on Tuesday, May 22 and is available via iTunes and Google Play. An additional full-length, edition will be availableTuesday, May 29, leading into the WCWS and as an added bonus, shorter editions called “Extra Innings” will be available every morning of the WCWS.

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espnW will continue to provide in-depth softball coverage with news, scores, highlights and analysis throughout the Super Regionals. In addition, espnW will announce its espnW Player of the Year on Wednesday, May 23.

Eugene Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Thu, May 24

9 p.m.

No. 16 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Oregon 
Mark Neely, Danielle Lawrie

ESPN2

Fri, May 25

11 p.m.

No. 1 Oregon vs. No. 16 Kentucky
Mark Neely, Danielle Lawrie

ESPN2

Sat, May 26

9 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPN

Tempe Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Fri, May 25

11 p.m.

No. 9 South Carolina vs. No. 8 Arizona State 
Courtney Lyle, Jenny Dalton-Hill

ESPNU

Sat, May 26

9 p.m.

No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 8 South Carolina
Courtney Lyle, Jenny Dalton-Hill

ESPN2

Sun, May 27

9 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPNU

 

Seattle Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Fri, May 25

9 p.m.

No. 12 Alabama vs. No. 5 Washington
Eric Frede, Jennie Ritter

ESPNU

Sat, May 26

7 p.m.

No. 5 Washington vs. No. 12 Alabama 
Eric Frede, Jennie Ritter

ESPN2

Sun, May 27

7 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPNU

Norman Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Fri, May 25

5 p.m.

No. 13 Arkansas vs. No. 4 Oklahoma 
Pam Ward, Carol Bruggeman

ESPN2

Sat, May 26

1 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Arkansas 
Pam Ward, Carol Bruggeman

ESPN

Sun, May 27

1 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPN

Los Angeles Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Thu, May 24

9 p.m.

No. 14 Arizona vs. No. 3 UCLA 
Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe

ESPN

Fri, May 25

9 p.m.

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Arizona

Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe

ESPN2

Sat, May 26 

7 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPN

Tallahassee Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Fri, May 25

7 p.m.

No. 11 LSU vs. No. 6 Florida State 
Kevin Brown, Erin Miller

ESPNU

Sat, May 26

5 p.m.

No. 6 Florida State vs. No. 11 LSU

Kevin Brown, Erin Miller

ESPN2

Sun, May 27

3 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPNU

Athens Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Fri, May 25

5 p.m.

No. 10 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Georgia 
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis

ESPNU

Sat, May 26

3 p.m.

No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 10 Tennessee 
Alex Loeb, Megan Willis

ESPN

Sun, May 27

3 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPN

Gainesville Super Regional

Date

Time

Game

Network

Thu, May 24 

7 p.m.

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Florida 
Tiffany Greene, Amanda Scarborough

ESPN

Fri, May 25

7 p.m.

No. 2 Florida vs. No. 15 Texas A&M
Tiffany Greene, Amanda Scarborough

ESPN2

Sat, May 26 

5 p.m.

Game 3: If Necessary

ESPN

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