SEC Releases Baseball Television Schedule
Erik Payne
 
Erik Payne

Feb. 1, 2013

Columbia, S.C. - South Carolina will have 11 games televised as part of the Southeastern Conference package it was announced by the conference office on Friday afternoon. Six conference home games will be televised with five conference road contests on television as well.

The home conference opener vs. Arkansas will be televised on CSS with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. The Saturday contest will be televised as well with a 3:15 p.m. first pitch on FSN. As previously announced, the SEC Game of the Week on ESPNU will debut on Thursday, Mar. 28 with the Gamecocks hosting Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. Game two of the Tennessee series in Knoxville on Saturday, April 6 was also picked up by FSN with a 12:30 pm start.

The entire series at Florida will be televised. The SEC Game of the Week on Thursday, April 13 is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU with game two on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on CSS and the series finale on Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The final game of the LSU series in Baton Rouge on April 28 will be televised on ESPN with first pitch at 3 p.m.

Three more home games in May round out Carolina's conference television slate. Game two of the Vanderbilt series on Saturday, May 4 is scheduled for Noon on FSN with Sunday's series finale on May 5 at 1 p.m. on CSS. Game two of the Georgia series on Saturday, May 11 is set for 1 p.m. on CSS as well.

SOUTH CAROLINA BASEBALL TV SCHEDULE (as of Feb. 1, 2013)
Friday, March 22 - vs. Arkansas - 7:30 pm (CSS)
Saturday, March 23 - vs. Arkansas - 3:15 pm (FSN)
Thursday, March 28 - vs. Texas A&M - 7:30 pm (ESPNU)
Saturday, April 6 - at Tennessee - 12:30 pm (FSN)
Thursday, April 11 - at Florida - 7:30 pm (ESPNU)
Friday, April 12 - at Florida - 7:30 pm (CSS)
Saturday, April 13 - at Florida - 4 pm (ESPN2)
Sunday, April 28 - at LSU - 3 pm (ESPN)
Saturday, May 4 - vs. Vanderbilt - Noon (FSN)
Sunday, May 5 - vs. Vanderbilt - 1 pm (CSS)
Saturday, May 11 - vs. Georgia - 1 pm (CSS)
All times Eastern

 

 

This is the fourth year under the league's 15-year agreement with ESPN. The entire broadcast package will include over 70 contests. In addition, all games from the 2013 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2. The semifinals will also air nationally for the first time, which will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.

The package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, Fox Sports and CSS. In addition, WatchESPN/ESPN3 will also stream most contests live online.

"Both the success and popularity of baseball in our conference continue to grow," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are pleased to be able 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."

SEC schools maintain the rights to air additional games 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 2013 to over 130.

ESPNU's Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will begin Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET and run eight weeks through May 16. The first Thursday night game will feature SEC newcomer Texas A&M at South Carolina. The weekly telecast will feature a live 30-minute pregame show from ESPNU studios at 7 p.m. ET, focusing on baseball news and updates from around the league. ESPN networks will air 27 SEC baseball broadcasts this season, all of which will broadcast nationally.

All games on ESPN platforms will be broadcast in high definition.