“Sooners To Have 14 Softball Games Televised In 2015” Written By Bill Plummer
How times have changed and especially the televising of college softball games. Years ago, college softball was lucky to get television time. Even then it was usually tape-delay of the Women's College World Series. That all changed, however, in 2001 when ESPN did all of the 11 games in the WCWS. Since then, ESPN has continued to televise all of the games in the WCWS live.
Regular season television coverage was rare, however. Not anymore. Teams, such as fourth-ranked and third-ranked Oklahoma, will have its share of television time. The Sooners will have 14 of their games televised during the 2015 season. Their first televised game will be March 14th when it hosts Wichita State on Sooner Sports TV in a 5:30 p.m. start.
The first time a nation-wide audience will be able to see the Sooners comes Friday, March 20, when OU takes on No. 19/18 LSU in Baton Rouge. That game will take place at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
The Big 12 home opener against Iowa State on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. will be shown on Sooner Sports TV, as will the April 8 matchup against Arkansas at 5 p.m.
All three of Oklahoma’s games during the April 10-12 series at Texas will be shown on the Longhorn Network. Friday’s contest starts at 6 p.m. CT, while Saturday is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT start. Sunday’s finale will see a first pitch at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the Sooners again as the very next series against No. 10/11 Baylor will have all three of its games televised.
It starts on Thursday, April 16, when OU hosts Baylor at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Friday’s matchup will be shown by Sooner Sports TV at 6:30 p.m., while the series’ Saturday finale against the Bears will be shown on Fox Sports Regional Networks beginning at 12 p.m. CT.
Both games against Utah Valley, May 2-3, will be picked up by Sooner Sports TV. Those contests start at 6:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.
The final regular season national telecast features a Bedlam matchup in OU’s home finale. Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State on May 9 in a 2 p.m. game that will air on ESPN2.
Specific networks for Sooner Sports TV games will be announced at a later date, as will ESPN3’s NCAA Division I softball schedule. Other Oklahoma home games not currently scheduled to be televised may be streamed online at SoonerSports.TV, but dates have yet to be determined.
Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.
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