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. – 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
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.
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
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
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