ESPN’s second consecutive year of covering the entire NCAA Division I Baseball Championship – 16 Regional and eight Super Regional sites, and the College World Series – generated significant audience growth over last season, highlighted by the network’s most-viewed College World Series since 2011 and College World Series game since 2009. The coverage also included the third highest-rated baseball telecast, across all cable and broadcast networks, in 2014.
Championship Growth: Increases in Total Reach and Game Averages
Overall, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combined to televise 62 games over the three rounds, reaching a total of 52,050,000 people, marking a 14 percent increase over the combined 45,517,000 people reached for the 2013 championship.
OMAHA, Neb. – An 8th inning home run by John Norwood helped Vanderbilt make history on Wednesday evening, as the Commodores defeated Virginia, 3-2, in Game Three of the 2014 Men’s College World Series Finals, claiming its first NCAA National Championship in baseball.
In the 9th inning on Tuesday night, Mike Papi of Virginia was caught in a run down between third base and home. Papi retreated to third base where he barreled into a Vanderbilt Tyler Campbell clearly lowering his shoulder. The video is included below. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia’s hot hitting continued in Game Two of the 2014 College World Series Finals, as the Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt, 7-2, to tie the series at one-all on Monday.
With the win, Virginia (53-15) forced a Game Three in the series and brought its CWS Finals’ hit total to 28 combined over the last two games. Vanderbilt (50-21) will look to rebound in the series finale.
Both squads are searching for their first NCAA Championship in baseball.
OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt took advantage of five walks, a hit by pitch and an error in a nine-run third inning and then held off a feisty Virginia club to pick up a 9-8 victory in Game One of the College World Series Finals Monday night.
OMAHA, Neb. — Fans outside of TD Ameritrade Park waited to sing “Happy Birthday” to Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman, who had turned 20 just minutes earlier at midnight. But after the night Wiseman had, this was no work office birthday party of mumbling co-workers. The Vanderbilt faithful that stuck around, boisterously bellowed the tune for Wiseman. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt (49-20) defeated Texas, 4-3, in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning to advance to the 2014 College World Series championship round.
Tyler Campbell beat out an infield single on a slow chopper to shortstop with the bases loaded and two outs to allow Rhett Wiseman to score the game-winning run Saturday night at TD Ameritrade Park. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia endured the weather and the Ole Miss Rebels to lock itself into its first ever College World Series championship. Robbie Coman, an unlikely hero in the No. 9 spot in the lineup, led the Cavaliers back from an early deficit to win the conclusion of a rain suspended game, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon to clinch the spot.
OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (52-14) used a three-run fourth inning to advance to the 2014 College World Series championship round with a 4-1 victory over Ole Miss (48-21) Saturday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
A rain delay in the second inning Friday night pushed the game to Saturday, but Virginia starter Josh Sporz still came back to pitch the Cavaliers to the title round.
Sporz pitched five total innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run before turning the ball over to the bullpen arms of Artie Lewicki and Nick Howard, who allowed two hits and a walk in four innings of work.
After the game, Sborz talked about pitching back-to-back days after the Friday night rain delay and the momentum swings in the game’s early innings.
Josh Sporz also discussed being a member of the first Virginia squad to play for the national championship and the tension relief it is to have Lewicki and Howard to finish games.
Check out the full one-on-one interview with Sborz: Continue reading