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Media notes: ESPN networks begin NCAA softball tournament coverage

Seven regional sites, all eight Super Regionals and WCWS will be broadcast
by Mel Bracht Published: May 15, 2014
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ESPN begins its coverage of the NCAA Division I Softball Championship on Friday, featuring coverage from seven Regional sites, all eight Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series from Oklahoma City.

Regional round coverage (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3) features up to 49 games from seven campus sites Friday through Sunday. The Norman Regional will be covered on ESPN3. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise every game from the eight Super Regionals (May 22–25) and the WCWS (May 29–June 4).

ESPN’s Regional coverage will feature six of the top 11 seeds in the tournament, including No. 2 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional) and No. 3 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional). The Southeastern Conference received the most bids (11), followed by the Big Ten (5), Pac 12 (5), Atlantic Coast (4), Big 12 (4) and American Athletic (3).

Former OSU and Olympic standout Michele Smith is among the analysts, which also include former softball stars Kayla Braud, Amanda Freed, Jessica Mendoza, Leah O’Brien-Amico, Amanda Scarborough, Garland Cooper and Cheri Kempf.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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