CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News release) – The Razorback baseball team will make at least 11 national television appearances on an ESPN affiliated network in 2018, the league office announced Monday.
Now in its fourth full year of covering the Southeastern Conference, the SEC Network will feature the Razorbacks for eight of its 11 television games with ESPN2 picking up the remaining three. There will be a potential for more nationally televised games as the season progresses.
Nearly 100 SEC baseball games are slated to air across ESPN networks, including 76 on the SEC Network beginning on March 13, the opening week of conference play. The schedule finishes the year with the SEC Network airing the entirety of the SEC Baseball Tournament, with the championship game on ESPN2.
The first chance fans will have to watch the Razorbacks on network television will be on Tuesday, March 13, when they face former Southwest Conference rival Texas at Baum Stadium at 7 p.m. The Razorback-Longhorn matchup will be the first nationally televised game of an SEC school for the 2018 season.
Later that weekend, Arkansas will host the eighth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats for a three-game set starting on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. All three games of that series can be seen on SEC Network+.
Game one between the Hogs and Wildcats is part of the SEC Network’s four-hour Bases Loaded special. The show will feature a live compilation of seven games – all 14 teams – taking place that evening across the conference. Every Bases Loaded game will also be available in its entirety, streaming live via SEC Network+ on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app.
The SEC will continue its Thursday Night Baseball tradition throughout the season on ESPNU and the SEC Network, featuring a preseason Top 25 team nearly every week of the regular season.
After the opening night of conference play, Arkansas will have six more home games televised nationally throughout the season including games against Auburn (April 8), South Carolina (April 12), Texas Tech (April 25), and the entire Texas A&M series (May 11-13). On the road, two of its three games against Florida can be seen on ESPN2 or SEC Network, while game two of the LSU series will be televised on the SEC Network.
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