March 24, 2004
NEW YORK -- College Sports Television will debut its CSTV Softball schedule Monday, March 29 with a matchup of No. 21 Texas at Hawaii w ith a matchup of No. 21 Texas at Hawaii (10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT). 21 Texas visits Hawaii. CSTV Softball's regular -season action also includes the No. 2 UCLA at No. 1 Arizona game on April 4.
Additional games include Top 25 teams Stanford, Fresno State, Nebraska and Texas. College Sports TV, the first 24-hour college sports network, will also present a live doubleheader Saturday, May 15, featuring the Big Ten and Conference USA tournament championship games.
The CSTV Softball regular season schedule includes games featuring nine teams who competed in last season's NCAA post-season play: UCLA, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Hawaii and Notre Dame. UCLA and Arizona have combined to win 13 of the last 16 NCAA Women's College World Series. Veteran sportscaster Beth Mowins will handle CSTV Softball play-by-play duties, while Ann Schatz, who played softball at Creighton, will be the analyst.
"We experienced some of our most exciting moments on the air in 2003 covering softball, and CSTV Softball will bring that passion, excitement and competition to a whole new level in 2004," said Tim Pernetti, vice president, programming, College Sports TV. "Our schedule delivers the top teams, the most competitive rivalries and unparalleled national exposure for the 'best of the best' in college softball."
"One of the biggest barriers for women's sports is lack of television coverage," said Donna Lopiano, CEO, Women's Sports Foundation. "The general public has no idea of the quality of this country's collegiate softball athletes -- they are the best in the world and their level of skill is unbelievable. CSTV should be applauded for its softball schedule. College softball is a great sport featuring great student-athletes."
In addition to its softball telecasts, College Sports TV will cover the sport extensively within its CSTV Primetime and CSTV Scoreboard live studio shows originating from the CSTV Fieldhouse in New York. Daily coverage of women's softball will also be found on CSTV.com.
The 2004 CSTV Softball Schedule (all times ET)
Monday, March 29 #21 Texas at Hawaii 10 p.m.
Sunday, April 4 #1 UCLA at #2 Arizona 4 p.m.
Monday, April 12 Notre Dame at #19 Nebraska 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 25 Oklahoma State at #21 Texas 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 Fordham at Massachusetts 12 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 Texas A&M at #19 Nebraska 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 Tulsa at #15 Fresno State 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 9 #1 UCLA at #11 Stanford 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 Big Ten Softball Tournament Championship TBD
Conference USA Tournament Championship TBD