Feb. 14, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa softball team will make 11 appearances on the Big Ten Network or BTN.com during the 2013 season, the network announced Thursday.
The Hawkeyes will make their debut during their three-game set against Nebraska at Pearl Field (April 5-7). All three contests will be shown on BTN.com. Iowa's home doubleheader against No. 8 Missouri on April 17 is slated for BTN.com.
Two contests during Iowa's three-game set at Michigan (April 19-21) will be shown live. The opener on April 19 can be seen on BTN.com. The Hawkeyes will make their BTN debut on April 21 in the series finale.
Both games of Iowa's doubleheader against Illinois at Pearl Field on April 23 will be shown live on BTN. The Hawkeyes will host Penn State on April 18 at 1 p.m., in a contest slated for BTN.com. Iowa's annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup with Iowa State on May 1 can also be seen on BTN.com. The contest is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Pearl Field.
The Big Ten Network will also choose five "wildcard" games during the course of the regular season that will be televised live. The network will also air the semifinal games and championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in Lincoln, Neb. (May 11-12). The tournament returns for the first time since 2008.
Highlights and coverage of Big Ten softball will be featured on the Diamond Report, which airs Sunday nights during the season beginning in April. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend games.
Below is a complete list of the Iowa softball television/streaming schedule.
|2013 Iowa Softball Broadcast Schedule (All time listed Central):|
|April 5||vs. Nebraska (BTN.com)||6:30 p.m.|
|April 6||vs. Nebraska (BTN.com)||5 p.m.|
|April 7||vs. Nebraska (BTN.com)||1 p.m.|
|April 17||vs. Missouri (BTN.com)||3 p.m.|
|April 17||vs. Missouri (BTN.com)||5 p.m.|
|April 19||at Michigan (BTN.com)||5 p.m.|
|April 21||at Michigan (BTN)||2 p.m.|
|April 23||vs. Illinois (BTN)||3 p.m.|
|April 23||vs. Illinois (BTN)||5 p.m.|
|April 18||vs. Penn State (BTN.com)||1 p.m.|
|May 1||vs. Iowa State (BTN.com)||6:30 p.m.|
|May 11-12||Big Ten Tournament (BTN)||-----|
Iowa returns to the state of Texas to continue action this weekend, playing in the Lovelace Invitational in Denton, Texas. Iowa opens play against Dayton (9 a.m.) and Oklahoma State (2 p.m.) on Friday. The Hawkeyes face Nebraska-Omaha (2 p.m.) and host North Texas (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, before concluding play against Oklahoma State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. All times are Central and all five games will be held at North Texas' Lovelace Stadium.