FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas softball team has received votes in Tuesday’s release of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll. Apitionally, the Southeastern Conference announced the league’s softball broadcast schedule Tuesday with the Razorbacks making five television appearances during the 2014 regular season.
Arkansas garnered 21 votes and is positioned just four spots outside the top 25. The Razorbacks are one of 10 teams from the SEC either ranked or receiving votes in the USA Softball poll. Last season, the program earned its first-ever national ranking when it appeared at No. 25 in the April 23 poll; Arkansas reached a high mark of No. 21 entering the SEC Tournament. Last week, the Razorbacks were mentioned as receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA preseason poll.
Two of the Razorbacks’ television appearances will originate from Bogle Park with games two (May 3) and three (May 4) of the Arkansas-Florida series. Both games will be carried by ESPN with scheduled start times of 6:30 p.m. (CT) and noon, respectively. The Razorbacks will also appear in TV road games at Ole Miss (March 23/Fox Sports) and at Alabama (April 4/ESPNU & April 6/ESPN).
The networks will broadcast a combined 27 regular-season SEC softball games, in apition to all nine games of the SEC Tournament which will be played May 7-10 in Columbia, S.C. Fans will be able to access the ESPN telecasts on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN mobile app, while the FSN and CSS contests will be available through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN mobile app.
Arkansas begins its 2014 season Feb. 7-9 at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas. During the three-day opener, the Razorbacks are scheduled to face No. 16/18 Baylor, San Diego, UC Davis, host UNLV and No. 5/3 Washington. Ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate poll is listed first; USA Today/NFCA ranking is listed second.
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Arkansas’ 2014 SEC Television ScheduleSunday, March 23 – Arkansas at Ole Miss, 3 p.m. [FSN]Friday, April 4 – Arkansas at Alabama, 8 p.m. [ESPNU]Sunday, April 6 – Arkansas at Alabama, 2 p.m. [ESPN]Saturday, May 3 – Florida at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. [ESPN]Sunday, May 4 – Florida at Arkansas, Noon [ESPN]
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