ESPNU 2013 College Baseball Coverage Debuts Saturday

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ESPNU will debut its extensive coverage of the 2013 college baseball season – highlighted by the return of weekly SEC and ACC games and Pac-12 conference games for the first time – Saturday, March 23, at 8:30 p.m. ET with Texas A&M at No. 8 Ole Miss. Mike Morgan and Kyle Peterson will work the game.
 
ESPNU, combined with ESPN2 and ESPN, will televise 43 games from March 23 to May 26. ESPN3 will offer coverage of an additional 172 games, 107 of them exclusively. Schedule highlights:
 
  • The ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week series across eight consecutive weeks will return March 28 with Texas A&M at No. 6 South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. South Carolina, winners of the 2010 and 2011 College World Series and runner-up to Arizona last season, defeated Texas A&M in the 2011 College World Series. Dave Neal will call the game action with Peterson providing analysis. Dari Nowkhah will host the studio coverage with analysts Ben McDonald and Chris Burke.
  • The ACC Monday package of five games on ESPNU will return March 25 with No. 18 NC State at No. 13 Virginia at 7 p.m. Nowkhah will work the game telecasts with analyst Danny Graves. Mike Rooney will provide studio analysis.
  • ESPNU will televise four home games involving the Pac-12, a result of ESPN’s 12-year agreement with the conference. The schedule includes defending College World Series champion Arizona against California (Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m.) and No. 19 Stanford will in consecutive weeks, both against a ranked opponent (at No. 12 Oregon on Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. and at No. 21 Arizona State on Friday, May 3, at 10 p.m.)
 
Overall, ESPN television networks will use at least eight analysts across studio and game telecasts, including four who have won the College World Series: Burke (Tennessee), Peterson (Stanford), McDonald (LSU) and Paul Lo Duca (Arizona State). Additional game and studio analysts include Danny Kanell and Jay Walker.
 
Peterson storylines
Analyst Peterson provided his top teams, players and storylines so far in the 2013 season:
  • “Teams from the power conferences that have been impressive early are North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Oregon State, which had won back- to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and is one of top teams in the country again.”
  • “Off the radar teams that have played well early on include Notre Dame and Central Arkansas, who has surprised a lot of people this year.”
  • “Stanford pitcher Mark Appel has been a terrific story. It’s not too often a first rounder will turn down millions of dollars and return to school. He has been really, really good for Stanford this year.”
  • San Diego’s Kris Bryant and New Mexico’s DJ Peterson are two position players who have been hitting the ball.
  • “Texas has struggled a bit and been just okay this year and can still turn it around but they’ve played like this for two or three straight years now.”
 
For the first time, ESPN networks will offer coverage of every NCAA Division I Baseball Championship game across ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN2 and ESPN. The networks previously covered multiple Regionals, Super Regionals and the entire College World Series. A complete schedule is to be determined.
 
ESPN 2013 College Baseball Regular-Season Schedule
(Schedule of ESPN3 games with local blackouts is to be determined)
 
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, March 22 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 11 Georgia Tech at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
Sat, March 23 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 11 Georgia Tech at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 8 Ole Miss ESPNU
Sun, March 24 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at St. John’s ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 11 Georgia Tech at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
Mon, March 25 7 p.m. No. 18 NC State at No. 13 Virginia ESPNU
Wed, March 27 6:30 p.m. Georgia at Clemson ESPN3 *
Thu, March 28 Noon Cincinnati at St. John’s ESPN3
  3 p.m. Cincinnati at St. John’s ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 6 South Carolina ESPNU
Fri, March 29 6 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Maryland at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Sat, March 30 1 p.m. Cincinnati at St. John’s ESPN3
  4 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Maryland at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Sun, March 31 1 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. Maryland at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Mon, April 1 2 p.m. NYIT at St. John’s ESPN3
  4 p.m. NYIT at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Clemson at No. 1 North Carolina ESPNU
Wed, April 3 3 p.m. Wagner at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, April 4 8 p.m. No. 17 Arkansas at Alabama ESPNU
Fri, April 5 6:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Sat, April 6 Noon Liberty at Coastal Carolina ESPNU
  8 p.m. Missouri at Georgia ESPNU
Sun, April 7 Noon No. 5 Florida State at Miami ESPNU
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
  4 p.m. California at Arizona ESPNU
Mon, April 8 7 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at Wake Forest ESPNU
Tue, April 9 6 p.m. Florida at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. East Carolina at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Thu, April 11 7:30 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at Florida ESPNU
Fri, April 12 6 p.m. Duke at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Longwood at Campbell ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sat, April 13 4 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at Florida ESPN2
  5 p.m. Missouri at No. 2 Vanderbilt ESPNU
Sun, April 14 1 p.m. Duke at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3 *
  5 p.m. No. 21 Arizona State at USC ESPNU
Tue, April 16 3 p.m. Albany at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Coastal Carolina at No. 4 North Carolina ESPN3
Wed, April 17 6 p.m. Princeton at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, April 18 7:30 p.m. Auburn at No. 15 Mississippi State ESPNU
Fri, April 19 3 p.m. No. 18 NC State at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 14 Louisville at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Radford at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
  7 p.m. Duke at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
Sat, April 20 1 p.m. No. 14 Louisville at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. Duke at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 18 NC State at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 17 Arkansas ESPNU
Sun, April 21 Noon No. 14 Louisville at St. John’s ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 18 NC State at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  2 p.m. Texas A&M at No. 17 Arkansas ESPN2
  2 p.m. No. 8 Ole Miss at Tennessee ESPNU
  2 p.m. Duke at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
  5 p.m. Southern Illinois at Creighton ESPNU
Thu, April 25 7:30 p.m. No. 10 Kentucky at No. 8 Ole Miss ESPNU
Fri, April 26 6 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. UNCA at Gardner-Webb ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Sat, April 27 6 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
  9 p.m. Texas at Baylor ESPNU
Sun, April 28 1 p.m. Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at No. 3 LSU ESPN
  3:30 p.m. No. 19 Stanford at No. 12 Oregon ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 18 NC State ESPNU
Wed, May 1 6 p.m. Iona at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, May 2 7:30 p.m. Florida at No. 3 LSU ESPNU
Fri, May 3 6 p.m. Central Florida at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Charleston Southern at Winthrop ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Alabama at No. 15 Mississippi State ESPNU
  7 p.m. Coastal Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  10 p.m. No. 19 Stanford at No. 21 Arizona State ESPNU
Sat, May 4 1 p.m. Florida at No. 3 LSU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Central Florida at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Coastal Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Presbyterian at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
  11 p.m. Long Beach State at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Sun, May 5 1 p.m. Georgia at Tennessee ESPNU
  1 p.m. Central Florida at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Coastal Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  1 p.m. Presbyterian at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Mon, May 6 7 p.m. Maryland at Clemson ESPNU
Thu, May 9 9 p.m. No. 3 LSU at Texas A&M ESPNU
Fri, May 10 7 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 20 Oklahoma State at No. 16 Oklahoma ESPNU
Sat, May 11 Noon No. 22 Notre Dame at St. John’s ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 3 LSU at Texas A&M ESPN
  3 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at St. John’s ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
Sun, May 12 1 p.m. No. 22 Notre Dame at St. John’s ESPN3
  1 p.m. No. 1 North Carolina at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3
  3 p.m. No. 5 Florida State at No. 18 NC State ESPN3
Mon, May 13 7 p.m. No. 5 Florida State at No. 18 NC State ESPNU
Tue, May 14 7 p.m. Georgia at No. 11 Georgia Tech ESPN3 *
Thu, May 16 6 p.m. Clemson at No. 5 Florida State ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. SEC Wildcard ESPNU
Fri, May 17 6 p.m. High Point at Virginia Military Institute ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
  8 p.m. Clemson at No. 5 Florida State ESPNU
  11 p.m. No. 23 California Irvine at No. 9 Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Sat, May 18 Noon Pittsburgh at No. 14 Louisville ESPNU
  2 p.m. No. 13 Virginia at No. 1 North Carolina ESPN3
  3 p.m. Clemson at No. 5 Florida State ESPNU
Sun, May 19 3 p.m. Southwest Athletic Conference Championship ESPN3
Tue, May 21 10 a.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  5 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
Wed, May 22 10 a.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  5 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
Thu, May 23 10 a.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  5 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
Fri, May 24 1:30 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
  5 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3
Sat, May 25 4 p.m. Big South Baseball Championship ESPN3
  6 p.m. Southland Conference Championship ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship ESPN3 *
  10 p.m. West Coast Conference Championship ESPNU
Sun, May 26 Noon BIG EAST Conference Championship ESPNU
  1 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference Championship ESPN2
  1 p.m. Atlantic Sun Conference Championship ESPN3
  2 p.m. Southern Conference Championship ESPN3
  2 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship ESPN3 *
  4:30 p.m. Southeastern Conference Championship ESPN2
 
* Local blackout
 
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