Dec. 1, 2010
The first game of the 2011 baseball series between defending SEC West champion Auburn and Ole Miss at Plainsman Park has been selected to be a part of the inaugural ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week series.
"ESPNU is thrilled to feature a seven-week SEC Thursday night baseball series," said Rosalyn Durant, Vice President, ESPNU. "Showcasing the vast talent of SEC baseball is great for the sport, fans, league and ESPNU. We appreciate the partnership with the SEC in creating this consistent Thursday night national package."
SEC baseball is coming off a successful season that saw South Carolina win the 2010 National Championship Series, Florida advanced to the College World Series and eight SEC teams overall earned a NCAA postseason bid. It marked the sixth time since 2000 and the third straight year an SEC team played for the national title.
"The Thursday night package of SEC games on ESPNU is a great opportunity for us to showcase the outstanding baseball that is played in our conference," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "The ESPNU package will be able to draw attention to the outstanding game-day atmosphere we have at our baseball stadiums as well as the rich tradition and history of SEC baseball."
Due to the shift in the series with Ole Miss, which will begin on Thursday, April 21 and run through Saturday instead of the usual Friday-Saturday-Sunday, Auburn's home game with South Alabama originally scheduled for Wednesday, Apr. 20, will shift to Tuesday, Apr. 19.
The remaining SEC television schedule for the 2011 baseball season will be released at a later date.
ESPNU SEC Thursday Night Baseball Schedule (Schedule subject to change)
Date Time Game
Apr. 7 7:30pm South Carolina at Tennessee
Apr. 14 7:30pm Tennessee at Alabama
Apr. 21 7:30pm Ole Miss at Auburn
Apr. 28 7:30pm Kentucky at LSU
May 5 7:30pm Florida at Arkansas
May 12 7:30pm Mississippi State at Ole Miss
May 19 7:30pm Vanderbilt at Georgia
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