The Tennessee baseball team will be featured on national television at least eight times during the upcoming 2014 campaign, including two appearances on ESPNU, the Southeastern Conference announced Thursday.
Of the Vols’ eight televised games, five will be at home in the friendly confines of Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee will open its TV slate on Saturday, March 22 when it welcomes Auburn for a 4 p.m. ET matchup to be played on CSS.
The Vols return to CSS two weekends later when they host in-state rival Vanderbilt on Saturday, April 5 under the lights in Knoxville at 7 p.m. The Big Orange also closes its TV schedule on CSS with back-to-back Saturday contests at defending national runner-up Mississippi State (May 10, 7 p.m.) and home against Florida (May 17, 1 p.m.).
The Volunteers will be part of ESPNU’s Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week twice this season, starting on April 10 when UT hosts Georgia at 7:30 p.m. The Vols will again be the network’s game of the week when they open a three-game home series against Kentucky on May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
UT will also play a night game on CST at LSU on April 26, with first pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and appear once on FOX Sports Net in the series finale against Kentucky on Saturday May 3 at noon.
The entire SEC package, the fifth under the league's current agreement with ESPN, will include over 70 contests. In addition, all games from the 2014 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. The semifinals will also air nationally again, which will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.
The package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Fox Sports and CSS and CBS Sports Network. In addition, WatchESPN/ESPN3 will also stream most contests live online.
“We are very proud of the success and popularity of baseball in our league,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “We are pleased to be able to continue to offer an increased amount of television coverage of SEC Baseball to our teams and to our fans. This continues to move our baseball exposure to new levels and to a national audience, which will grow even more in the future with the launch of the SEC Network.”
Beginning in 2015, the SEC Network will air at least 75 baseball games, which will be additional to games that currently broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and FSN.
SEC schools maintain the rights to air additional games this season not included in the SEC package with various television outlets, including official SEC regional television outlets. More than 60 additional games will be broadcast via those means, bringing the total number of SEC baseball games broadcast in 2014 to well over 130.
All games on ESPN platforms will be broadcast in high definition.
The baseball season in Knoxville opens on Friday, Feb. 14 at noon, when Nebraska-Omaha and Purdue square off at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee and Nebraska-Omaha will follow with the Vols’ season opener at 4 p.m.
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