FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas will be featured 15 times on national and regional television this season as part of the 2010 Southeastern Conference baseball television schedule. The Razorbacks will appear on ESPN2, ESPNU, CST and SportSouth during the course of the season. Nine of Arkansas’ 15 televised games will take place on its home field at Baum Stadium.
"The success of our program combined with the new SEC television agreement has resulted in more televised games for Razorback Baseball," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "We are excited about the additional exposure our program will enjoy as part of this year’s package. As we move forward, we will continue to work closely with the SEC to expand future television opportunities."
The Razorbacks make their 2010 television debut March 19 at defending national champion LSU. The broadcast will be carried by CST at 7 p.m. All three games of the conference-opening series, March 19-21, in Baton Rouge, La., will be broadcast by CST. Games two and three of the weekend set will air Saturday, March 20 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
"The popularity of the game of college baseball is on the rise," Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. "The new SEC television package will definitely increase the exposure of the sport and each team, so this also helps in recruiting. Our players are always excited about the opportunity to play on television."
The remaining eight games televised by CST will take place at Baum Stadium, six of which will be conference matchups. That slate of home games is March 26 against Alabama (6:30 p.m.), March 28 against Alabama (1 p.m.), April 20 against Oral Roberts (6:30 p.m.), April 28 against Missouri State (6:30 p.m.), April 30 against Auburn (6:30 p.m.), May 2 against Auburn (1 p.m.), May 14 against South Carolina (6:30 p.m.) and the 2010 home finale May 16 against South Carolina (1 p.m.).
In their first ESPN appearance of the season, the Razorbacks will play host to Georgia at Baum Stadium on April 16. The game will be aired on ESPN2 at a starting time to be determined.
Arkansas’ other television games come on the road at Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The first two games of the Arkansas-Ole Miss series, May 7 and 8, will both be televised by ESPNU from Oxford-University Stadium on the Rebels’ campus. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CT) start.
The Razorbacks’ final regular-season appearance will come May 22 against the Commodores and will be broadcast by SportSouth. First pitch of that contest is set for 2 p.m. (CT).
In accordance with the SEC’s 15-year contract with ESPN, 46 games across the conference will be televised, an increase from the eight games broadcast last season. The SEC television package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN, SportSouth and CSS. Arkansas’ April 16 appearance on ESPN2 against Georgia and the team’s May 22 contest on SportSouth at Vanderbilt will also be available via live online stream at ESPN360.com.
In addition to the regular-season schedule, all games at the 2010 SEC Tournament will also be broadcast with the championship game slated for a national broadcast on ESPN2. The SEC Tournament will be played May 26-30 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala.
2010 Razorback Baseball TV ScheduleFriday, 3/19 Arkansas at LSU, 7 p.m., CSTSaturday, 3/20 Arkansas at LSU, 3 p.m.,CSTSunday, 3/21 Arkansas at LSU, 1 p.m., CSTFriday, 3/26 Alabama at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., CSTSunday, 3/28 Alabama at Arkansas, 1 p.m., CSTFriday, 4/16 Georgia at Arkansas, TBA, ESPN2Tuesday, 4/20Oral Roberts at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., CSTWednesday, 4/28 Missouri State at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., CSTFriday, 4/30 Auburn at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., CSTSunday, 5/2 Auburn at Arkansas, 1 p.m., CSTFriday, 5/7 Arkansas at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPNUSaturday, 5/8 Arkansas at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPNUFriday, 5/14 South Carolina at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m., CSTSunday, 5/16 South Carolina at Arkansas, 1 p.m., CSTSaturday, 5/22 Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m., SportSouth