Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Super Regional Game Times + Broadcast Crews Announced

The broadcast crews for the Super regional round have been announced, and even casual softball fans should recognize many of the a-list group of color analysts. 

Five of the eight crews are placed in the same spot where they spent the regionals; Eugene, Oregon is the only Supers-host that will see an ESPN crew for the first time this postseason.

The longtime "A" crew of Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, and Michele Smith will be in Tuscaloosa as Alabama hosts Oklahoma in a battle of former champions. Jenny Dalton-Hill; Amanda Scarborough; Jennie Ritter; Leah O'Brien Amico; Cheri Kempf; Danielle Lawrie; and Amanda Freed Katchka make up the rest of the roster of talent.

Veteran sideline reporter Holly Rowe returns with a play-by-play position at the Los Angeles regional. Originally scheduled to work the LA market during the regional round, as well, she had to bow out at the last minute due to a minor surgical procedure. As has been the case in years past, she will work play-by-play for the Supers before returning to her usual spot on the field and by the dugout for the Women's College World Series.

The full list of assignments is below.

Gainesville (Florida vs. Kentucky) - Marc Neely/Jenny Dalton-Hill
Eugene (Oregon vs. NC State) - Melissa Lee/Jennie Ritter
Ann Arbor (Michigan vs. Georgia) - Adam Amin/Amanda Scarborough
Auburn (Auburn vs. Louisiana-Lafayette) - Cara Capuano/Leah O'Brien Amico
Baton Rouge (LSU vs. Arizona) - Pam Ward/Cheri Kempf
Tuscaloosa (Alabama vs. Oklahoma) - Beth Mowins/Jessica Mendoza/Michele Smith
Los Angeles (UCLA vs. Missouri) - Holly Rowe/Danielle Lawrie
Knoxville (Tennessee vs. Florida State) - Sam Gore/Amanda Freed Katchka


Ever watch a game and wonder who was behind the mic, calling the action or giving the rundown of a player's mindset or a game scenario? This year's lineup of analysts is one of the most decorated in recent memory, with several all-Americans, national champions, and international stars in the booth. Here are "mini-biographies" of each of the nine analysts that will be working a Super regional matchup this week.

- Jenny Dalton-Hill was National Player of the Year in 1996 and was named MVP of the Women's College World Series the same year. Tied for 9th place on the all-time home run list with seventy-six during her career at Arizona, she was a member of three national championship teams during her career that spanned 1993-1996.

- Jennie Ritter was a two-time first-team All-American pitcher at Michigan, and earned three all-conference honors in her career that spanned from 2003-2006. She led the Wolverines to the 2005 national title and was twice the Wolverine's Female Athlete of the Year. She is a former member of Team USA and was drafted by the Akron Racers in 2006, but chose not to play in the NPF.

- Amanda Scarborough is one of the few full-time broadcasters in ESPN's stable, working studio shows and numerous games throughout the season. She was the 2005 Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year and the 2007 conference Pitcher of the Year. She led the Texas A&M Aggies to two WCWS appearances during her tenure and sports a 1.45 career ERA.

- Leah O'Brien Amico is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, all coming as a member of Team USA in 1996, 2000, and 2004. A former teammate of Jenny Dalton-Hill at Arizona, she was a part of the same trio of championship teams for the Wildcats. She is the owner of a .428 career batting average at the collegiate level and is a member of the University of Arizona Hall of Fame. 

- Cheri Kempf is the commissioner of the National Pro Fastpitch league, and does television work in the league's offseason. In addition to her duties as commissioner, Kempf is a former player herself. She is a former member of Team USA and her alma mater, Missouri Westen State University, to the only national championship in school history. 

- Jessica Mendoza really needs no introduction, as she is one of the best-known names in the game. A four-time all-American and all-conference selection, she was an NPF champion, two-time Olympic medalist, and counts 119 career home runs to her name at the collegiate, international, and professional levels.

- Michele Smith is another gold-medal-winning former member of Team USA, as well as an eight-time MVP in the Japanese pro league. She sports a 0.75 career collegiate ERA and is one of ESPN's longest-tenured softball analysts.

- Danielle Lawrie is a two-time Player of the Year, two-time Honda Award winner; and the University of Washington's career record holder in seven statistical categories. She led the Huskies to the 2009 National Championship. She is a long-time member of the Canadian national team and enjoyed a four-year career in the NPF before retiring following last season.

- Amanda Freed was a three-time all-American, including two first-team nods. She is a former gold-medal-winning member of Team USA and a former NPF player. She earned four all-conference first-team honors.


Finally, per the ESPN press release today, here is the full schedule of games and the networks on which they will air this weekend. Please note that all listed "Game 3"s will be played only if necessary.

Thursday, May 21
Time (ET)GameNetwork
7 p.m.Florida State vs. TennesseeESPN2
9 p.m.Georgia vs. MichiganESPN2

Friday, May 22
Time (ET)GameNetwork
2 p.m.Louisiana-Lafayette vs. AuburnESPNU
4 p.m.Tennessee vs. Florida StateESPNU
6 p.m.Michigan vs. GeorgiaESPNU
7 p.m.Oklahoma vs. AlabamaESPN
Knoxville Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN2
9 p.m.Ann Arbor Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN
North Carolina State vs. OregonESPNU or ESPN

Saturday, May 23
Time (ET)GameNetwork
NoonAuburn vs. Louisiana-LafayetteESPN
1 p.m.Kentucky vs. FloridaESPNU
3 p.m.Oregon vs. North Carolina StateESPN or  ESPNU
Auburn Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN or ESPNU
Arizona vs.
5 p.m.Alabama vs. Oklahoma  ESPN
6 p.m.Eugene Super Regional: Game 3*ESPNU
8 p.m.Missouri vs. UCLAESPNU or ESPN2
Tuscaloosa Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN2

Sunday, May 24
Time (ET)GameNetwork
NoonFlorida vs. KentuckyESPN
3 p.m.Gainesville Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN
UCLA vs. MissouriESPNU
5 p.m.LSU vs. ArizonaESPN
6 p.m.UCLA Super Regional: Game 3*ESPNU or ESPN
8 p.m.Baton Rouge Super Regional: Game 3*ESPN2

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