LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky softball team was selected for 12 nationally-televised games for the 2019 season, it was announced by ESPN on Friday. It is the most national telecasts for the Wildcats in program history.
Four of the broadcasts will take place at the first-ever ESPN St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, where UK will play five games against ranked teams in four days. Seven games of the 12 that feature the Wildcats are Southeastern Conference matchups, and there is one midweek against Big Ten foe, Ohio State.
Half of the 12 broadcasts will take place at the premier stadium for collegiate softball, John Cropp Stadium in Lexington.
The national TV slate for the Wildcats opens against No. 4 Oklahoma on Feb. 14 in St. Petersburg in a game featured live on ESPNU. That is followed by games against No. 16 Texas (SEC Network) and No. 25 Oregon (ESPNU), both on Feb. 16. Feb 17 against James Madison will be a telecast on ESPN3.
On-Air Announce Pairings for ESPN St. Pete/Clearwater Invitational
Kentucky vs. #4 Oklahoma (Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe)
Kentucky vs. #16 Texas (Tiffany Greene, Amanda Scarbrough)
Kentucky vs. #25 Oregon (Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Holly Rowe)
Kentucky vs. (RV) James Madison (Tiffany Greene, Danielle Lawrie)
The Wildcats host No. 24 Mississippi State for a three-game series on March 15-17 at John Cropp Stadium with the Saturday and Sunday games both slated for SEC Network telecasts and a Noon ET first pitch.
Ohio State visits Lexington on March 27 for an inter-conference tangle with the Buckeyes live on the SEC Network at 5 p.m. ET.
All three games of the series with Auburn will take the national spotlight in the SEC Series of the Week. Saturday and Monday will both be on the SEC Network live at 7 p.m. ET, and the Sunday game will be on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET.
The final scheduled broadcasts will be at Rhodes Stadium in Tuscaloosa against the No. 9 Alabama Crimson Tide. Saturday’s game will be on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Sunday’s series finale airing at 3 p.m. ET.