Feb. 8, 2012
KNOXVILLE - In its first year under head coach Dave Serrano, the Tennessee baseball team will be featured on television at least five times during the 2012 campaign, including two appearances on ESPNU, the Southeastern Conference office announced Wednesday.
The Vols will play three televised games on the road and two at home. UT will open its TV slate at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday, March 31 against Alabama on Comcast Sports Southeast. It will also play on CSS at home against Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
The Big Orange will be featured on ESPNU twice this season, starting with an 8 p.m. showdown against two-time defending national champion South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday, April 7. Tennessee will later take part in the ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week at Mississippi State on April 19.
UT's other scheduled television contest will pit it against Florida in Knoxville at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, on SportSouth.
The entire SEC package, its third under the league's 15-year agreement with ESPN, will include 66 broadcasts in 2012. In addition, all games from the 2012 SEC Tournament will continue to be televised, with the championship game airing again nationally on ESPN2.
"The success and popularity of baseball in our conference is at an all-time high," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "We are proud to be able to offer this amount of television coverage to both our teams and our fans."
The television package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN, SportSouth and CSS. In addition, ESPN3 will also stream most broadcasts live online.
"This package continues to move our baseball exposure to new levels," SEC Consultant for Television Larry Templeton stated. "Fans of SEC Baseball will be able to follow the season like never before."
SEC schools maintain the rights to air additional games not included in the official SEC package with various television outlets, including official SEC television partners. More than 50-60 additional games are set to be broadcast, bringing the total number of SEC baseball games broadcast in 2012 to 120 games or more.
ESPNU's previously announced Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week will begin Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET and run eight weeks through May 17. The weekly game will feature a live 30-minute pregame show from ESPNU studios at 7 p.m. ET each week, focusing on baseball news and updates from around the league. ESPN networks will air 18 SEC baseball broadcasts this season.
All games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will be broadcast in high definition.
Tennessee will open the 2012 campaign with at three-game set against Northern Illinois, Feb. 17-19, in Knoxville. Conference play will begin March 16 when the Vols kick off a weekend series at Georgia. The SEC Tournament will be played at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., May 22-27.
2012 TENNESSEE BASEBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 31 - Alabama - 1 p.m. - CSS
Saturday, April 7 - at South Carolina - 8 p.m. - ESPNU
Saturday, April 14 - Florida - 3 p.m. - SPSO
Thursday, April 19 - at Mississippi State - 7:30 p.m. - ESPNU
Saturday, May 5 - Vanderbilt - 1 p.m. - CSS
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Season tickets, 20-game flex plans and individual game tickets for the upcoming Tennessee baseball season are now on sale.
While supplies last, any fan who purchases two reserved-seat season tickets will receive a baseball autographed by Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano. Those who purchase four reserved-seat season tickets will receive a jersey signed by the Vol skipper.
Purchase your season tickets now by logging on to www.UTTix.com or calling the ticket office at (865) 656-1200.