Tennessee softball slated for eight TV games

8426638By Stephen K. Lee

The Tennessee softball team will have eight televised regular-season games and 19 games that will feature a live stream on SEC Network +.

ESPN’s SEC Network will swing into its inaugural softball season with more than 50 games slated for the new network and a total of 76 across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network. The additional games will increase SEC softball’s television coverage to a historic high, with three times more nationally televised matchups than in previous years. In addition, SEC Network will be producing 227 games as digitally exclusive SEC Network + events, making more than 300 games available to fans.

Tennessee have four games on SEC Network, two games on ESPN, one game on ESPN2 and one game on ESPNU. The Lady Vols make their 2015 TV debut when they host Missouri on March 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network. The second and third games of UT’s home series against Georgia on March 29 and 30, respectively, will each be televised at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network. Tennessee’s April 4 road game at Auburn is on SEC Network at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Lady Vols have a pair of thrilling SEC primetime games on ESPN. Tennessee’s April 11 home game against LSU will feature a 5 p.m. ET start on ESPN. UT opens its three-game road series at Alabama on April 23 on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.

The Big Orange closes out its regular season with two TV games against Kentucky. Tennessee squares off against the Wildcats on May 2 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU before wrapping the regular season against UK on May 3 at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Nineteen Tennessee games will feature an online video broadcast on SEC Network +, including the Lady Vols’ home opener against Georgia Tech on Feb. 24. That number also includes four games of the Tennessee Classic from Feb. 27 to March 1, three games of the Tennessee Invitational from March 5-8, all-three games of the road series at South Carolina from March 13-15, the SEC home opener against Missouri on March 20, the first game of the home series against Georgia on March 28, road games at Auburn on April 2 and April 3, the April 10 and April 12 games of the home series against LSU and the April 24 and April 25 road game at Alabama. Fans can view games on SEC Network + by logging in online or through the WatchESPN app with their cable or satellite accounts.

Tennessee also has two non-conference road games that will feature internet video broadcasts. Tennessee’s Feb. 14 game against USF in the USF Presidents Day Weekend Tournament will feature a live online video broadcast for $10.95 on GoUSFBulls.com. The Lady Vols’ game against Virginia Tech on March 3 in Blacksburg, Va., will feature an internet video broadcast on ESPN3.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the entire 2015 SEC Softball Tournament at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La., will be televised across ESPN networks from May 6-9. The First Round and Quarterfinals will be carried on SEC Network, Semifinals on ESPNU and the Championship Game on ESPN2.

Broadcast schedule:

SEC NETWORK

Sat. 3/21 – Tennessee vs. Missouri – 1:30 p.m.

Sun. 3/29 – Tennessee vs. Georgia – 7 p.m.

Mon. 3/30 – Tennessee vs. Georgia – 7 p.m.

Sat. 3/30 – Tennessee at Auburn – 4:30 p.m.

ESPN

Sat. 4/11 – Tennessee vs. LSU – 5 p.m.

Thurs. 4/23 – Tennessee at Alabama – 8 p.m.

ESPNU

Sat. 5/2 – Tennessee vs. Kentucky – 7 p.m.

ESPN2

Sun. 5/3 – Tennessee vs. Kentucky – 1 p.m.

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