March 24, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - ESPN3 will air two UC Davis softball games this season as part of its broadcast package with the Big West as announced by the league office. On Saturday, May 3, the network will air both games of the Aggies' doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton; a 4 p.m. first pitch is scheduled for the series opener with the second matchup starting 30 minutes after the after game No. 1 concludes.
Of the nine softball games slated to air on ESPN3, all games originate from Southern California member institutions. Through the Big West's new mobile production facility, each game will be produced by the Conference utilizing full ESPN production standards, including graphics, replay and on-air crew. It is the first fully operational mobile production unit of its kind that expands upon what ESPN Emerging Technology has already done at the institutional level.
"The Big West's baseball and softball presence on ESPN3 expands upon what is already offered through ESPNU, giving fans opportunities all season long to watch their favorite team in action," said Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell. "We anticipate our institutions will be able to use this endeavor as an additional avenue to promote and publicize their programs."
Every game on ESPN's platforms will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, on Apple TV and Roku to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
UC Davis will return to action on Wednesday, March 26, in a non-conference doubleheader against Saint Mary's-the first two of a five-game homestand that also includes this year's inaugural set of league games. First pitch for Wednesday's twinbill at La Rue Field, against the Gaels, is set for 1 p.m.