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.
Continue reading 2014 CWS and NCAA Tournament TV Ratings Rise
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.
Continue reading CWS Championship Series: Vanderbilt 3 Virginia 2
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 CBD Editorial: The Mike Papi Incident at the CWS
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.
Continue reading CWS Championship Series Game 2: Virginia 7 Vanderbilt 2
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.
Continue reading CWS Championship Series Game 1: Vanderbilt 9 Virginia 8
OMAHA, Neb. – Texas jumped ahead early and rolled to a 4-0 victory over Vanderbilt at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Texas (46-20) tallied two runs in each of the first two innings to pull ahead, handing Vanderbilt (48-19) its first loss of the 2014 College World Series.
Nathan Thornhill (9-3) recorded the win for Texas, tossing eight innings and scattering six hits, walking one batter and striking out five Commodore batters. Continue reading 2014 CWS Game 11: Texas 4 Vanderbilt 0
OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss found its offense just in time at the College World Series. Pounding 11 hits, the Rebels eliminated TCU, 6-4, at TD Ameritrade Park.
Continue reading 2014 CWS Game 10: Ole Miss 6 TCU 4
OMAHA, Neb. – The 2014 College World Series is ensuring that fans are nothing if not entertained. For the fourth time in eight games, a team won in its final at-bat, as No. 3 Virginia walked off over No. 7 TCU, 3-2, in 15 innings.
The game matched the longest at the CWS and was the first since Southern California knocked off Florida State, 2-1, in the 1970 championship game. At four hours, fifty-one minutes, it was the fourth- longest in tournament history. Continue reading CWS Game 8: Virginia 3 TCU 2 (15 innings)
OMAHA, Neb. – Ole Miss is proving a knack for the dramatic at the College World Series. After losing in walk-off fashion on Sunday, the Rebels returned the favor on Texas Tech, eliminating the Red Raiders, 2- 1, on John Gatlin’s walk-off single in the ninth.
Ole Miss (47-20) lost a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth before rallying to end Texas Tech’s (45-21) season. Continue reading CWS Game 7: Ole Miss 2 Texas Tech 1
OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt scored the most runs yet at the 2014 Men’s College World Series and beat UC Irvine 6-4 in the winner’s bracket at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Continue reading 2014 CWS Game 6: Vanderbilt 6 UC Irvine 4