Softball and Baseball to be featured on ESPN3 as conference announces spring slate

Softball and Baseball to be featured on ESPN3 as conference announces spring slate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Charleston Southern will host a pair of ESPN3 games this spring with both baseball and softball both tabbed to host contests on the Big South's ESPN3 package.

Big South Conference Spring ESPN3 Schedule Release

Charleston Southern's Big South home opener against Longwood will be streamed live on ESPN3 on Saturday, March 24. The Bucs' contest to open the doubleheader against the Lancers at the CSU Softball Field has been shifted to a 2 p.m. start time to accommodate the change.

The following weekend, Buccaneer baseball will take center stage at the CSU Ballpark in their first contest of the weekend against Longwood. The Bucs' weekend opener against the Lancers has been adjusted to a 7 p.m. start time.

Softball's road contest at Gardner-Webb on April 7 will also be featured as a part of the Big South's ESPN3 package as the Bucs' opener against the Runnin' Bulldogs has been moved up to a 2 p.m. start time in Boiling Springs, N.C.

At least 20 Big South Conference events will be carried exclusively on ESPN networks in March, April and May, while coverage on the Big South Network/Roku exceeds 330 total broadcasts.  ESPN3 will again showcase Big South baseball and softball, as well as the women's lacrosse championship match, while ESPNU will televise one regular-season softball game plus the Big South Baseball Championship contest for the third consecutive year.

ESPN3's baseball coverage again features a 7 p.m. Friday night package.  The slate begins Friday night, March 16 with UNC Asheville at defending Big South champion Radford.  Five additional Friday night Big South games will follow -- March 30, April 6, April 27, May 4 and May 18, as well as up to four games on Day Four of the Big South Baseball Championship presented by Hardee's on May 25.  ESPNU will televise the "Winner-Take-All" title game on Saturday, May 26 live at noon.

Big South softball broadcasts on ESPN3 are again Saturday afternoon telecasts at 2 p.m., and begin Saturday, March 17 with Radford at three-time defending Big South champion Longwood.  ESPN3 will also have Saturday coverage on March 24, April 7, April 21 and May 5.  In addition, ESPNU will televise the Sunday, April 8 Liberty at Longwood contest live at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year's championship game.  ESPN3 will also carry three games on Day Three of the Big South Softball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting on Friday, May 11, as well as the Championship day on Saturday, May 12.

This is the fifth consecutive season ESPN3's package features expanded coverage of the Big South baseball and softball championships, while the Big South women's lacrosse championship match will again receive exclusive nationwide exposure for the sixth straight year on ESPN3 on Sunday, May 6 at noon.

All of the Big South's ESPN events can also be viewed on WatchESPN via Apple TV and Roku.  Below is CSU's ESPN3/ESPNU spring broadcast schedule.

Date                 ESPN3 / ESPNU Event                                      Time      Network
Sat., March 24  SB: Longwood at Charleston Southern      2 p.m.     ESPN3
Fri., March 30   BS: Longwood at Charleston Southern      7 p.m.     ESPN3
Sat., April 7     SB: Charleston Southern at Gardner-Webb 2 p.m.     ESPN3

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