COX SPORTS TELEVISION ANNOUNCES 2013 COLLEGE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
Network schedule boasts largest number of games, including 20 LSU baseball broadcasts!!
NEW ORLEANS – Cox Sports Television announced the network’s most comprehensive NCAA baseball and softball schedule in the history of the New Orleans-based 24-hour regional sports network. CST is dedicated to bringing the best in sports coverage to the Gulf South and is considered as the leader in regional sports in the area.
Fans of the diamond can continue to see CST as the destination for games consisting of teams from the SEC, Big 12, Sun Belt, Conference USA, SWAC, Southland, ACC, Missouri Valley, Southern and the Ivy League.
From beginning to end, the 2013 baseball schedule has it all with 11 of the top 29 teams in the country, according to Collegiate Baseball’s Preseason Poll. Arkansas, LSU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Florida and Georgia are all featured on this season’s broadcast schedule.
On February 16, the 4th-ranked LSU Tigers open up CST’s schedule with a match-up against the Maryland Terps. The game will be the first of 20 games for the Tigers on the regional sports network home of LSU. Key games this season include games against top-ranked Arkansas, No. 7 South Carolina, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 13 Mississippi State and in-state rival Tulane.
CST’s long-time trio of Lyn Rollins, Ben McDonald and Ronnie Rantz will return to the broadcast booth for another season. Rollins, who was recently voted as Louisiana Broadcaster of the Year for the fourth time in the last seven years, will provide play-by-play with analysts coming from the two former Tiger pitchers. McDonald is a former All-America for LSU and also won an Olympic gold medal before pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers in the major leagues. Rantz pitched on the 1991 and 1993 national championship teams for LSU and was a member of the San Diego Padres and Brewers organizations.
Heading into the season, the Arkansas Razorbacks begin as the top team in collegiate baseball and the Hogs will be featured on CST 11 times. Key matchups against LSU, South Carolina and Kentucky highlight their appearances. In 2012, the Hogs advanced to the College World Series and finished with 46 wins. The 46 victories were the most in the Dave Van Horn era at UA. Returning in the booth for the Arkansas broadcasts will be Mike Morgan as play-by-play and Troy Eklund as analyst.
The Southern Jaguars, the perennial power of the SWAC, will be seen on the network three times during the season, including games against in-state rivals Nicholls State and Northwestern State. The Sun Belt Conference is again featured on CST with a game of the week, plus LIVE coverage of the league championship game at the end of May.
CST will begin the spring softball season with a look at an in-state softball clash in Baton Rouge. The Nicholls State Colonels head west to Baton Rouge to face No. 12 LSU on March 13 at Tiger Park. Other highlights of the college softball season include games for No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Missouri, No. 8 Georgia and No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette.
The complete CST 2013 College Baseball and Softball schedule is attached.
More games are likely to be added to the CST schedule at a later date. Stay connected at www.coxsportstv.com for updates.
The New Orleans-based sports network launched on October 28, 2002 in front of 450,000 Louisiana viewers. CST has grown over 400% to nearly 2 million in the five years since launch, making it one of the fastest growing regional sports networks in the south.
The 24-hour regional sports network is currently carried in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, Missouri and Virginia. CST is owned and operated by Cox Communications Louisiana, LLC. Initially targeted to be a Louisiana sports network, CST has secured collegiate, professional and high school events that have expanded the networks reach throughout the south.
CST boasts over 300 live events per year including the New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers, Arkansas Razorbacks, Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference, Tulane University, Louisiana high school events, Southern University in Baton Rouge, Big East, Big 12, WAC, Gulf South Conference, A-Sun Conference and the New Orleans Zephyrs.
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