Complete Coverage of NCAA Baseball Championship begins with Announcement of 64-Team Field Monday on ESPNU
ESPN's extensive coverage of the 2014 college baseball season - more than 200 exclusive regular-season and conference championship games - will continue with the NCAA Baseball Championship Selection Show presented by Capital One followed by every game of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.
Dari Nowkhah will host the ESPNU selection show on Monday, May 26, at noon ET with analysts Kyle Peterson and Ben McDonald. The one-hour program will feature the unveiling of the 64 teams that will compete in the championship, the Regionals bracket, and interviews with coaches and NCAA Baseball Committee Chair Dennis Farrell. Topics discussed on the show include:
· The favorites to advance to the College World Series in Omaha
· Whether an ACC team can win the College World Series for the first time since 1955
· A look at the return of Texas schools to the championship conversation with five of the state's schools in the top 15 of the RPI and the potential for several to host a regional for the first time since 1995
· If more than nine teams from the SEC will make the 64-team field, breaking its own record for most teams from one conference to get into the championship.
· A highlight of the top players in the championship as the Major League Baseball draft approaches on June 5
Every NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Game Covered
ESPN's exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship will feature every matchup on an ESPN platform for a second consecutive season. As part of the schedule, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will combine to carry the games from all 16 Regionals sites (up to 112 games from May 29-June 1); all eight Super Regionals sites (up to 24 games from June 6-9) and the entire College World Series (up to 17 games from June 14-25).
The Regional round coverage will be highlighted by the return of Bases Loaded, ESPN's four-day platform providing unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from numerous games, plus up-to-the-minute commentary from ESPN analysts. Bases Loaded will be available Thursday, May 29, and Friday, May 30, from 2 p.m. ET to midnight; Saturday, May 31, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to midnight. ESPN3 will carry the network in its entirety while ESPNU and ESPN2 will simulcast at select times, including between games and rain delays when time permits. Every game will also be available on WatchESPN.
Nowkhah and Matt Schick will host the Bases Loaded coverage with analysts Peterson and Mike Rooney.
A release with the schedule of every Regional game and ESPN commentator teams will be issued on Tuesday, May 27.