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March 20, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Big Ten Network has announced its spring baseball and softball schedules and Penn State will be featured a total of 22 times across the network's platforms. The baseball team is scheduled to play in three games on BTN and 10 on the Big Ten Digital Network, which can be viewed online, while softball is slated for four BTN games and five BTDN appearances.
Baseball's three games on BTN consist of two road games and one home game, all in Big Ten play. The first two televised games will come on Friday, April 4 and Sunday, April 6 when the Lions face the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind. Friday's game will start at 6:30 p.m. and Sundays game will begin at noon. The Lions third and final regular season game to air on live TV will be on Easter Sunday on Sunday, April 20, as Penn State hosts Illinois in a noon game.
The Blue and White appear on the Big Ten Digital Network 10 times, with four in home games at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and six in away games. Eight of the 10 games on BTDN are conference games, including contests against Northwestern, Purdue, Ohio State and Nebraska. The out of conference games will be against Kent State and Youngstown State on Tuesday evenings.
Two of softball's doubleheaders will air live on BTN. The first twin bill to air will be PSU's home matchup against Wisconsin on April 19. The first game is set for a Noon start while the second will begin at 2:30 p.m. Penn State's midweek matchup vs. Ohio State the following week will also be broadcast on BTN. The Lions and the Buckeyes are slated to meet at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Big Ten Digital Network will air at least five of Penn State's contests, each of which will be home games at Nittany Lion Softball Park. The Lions' doubleheader vs. Bucknell (4/16) and the final home series of the season vs. Illinois (5/2-5/4) will be available on BTN.com or via GoPSUsports All-Access.
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season.
Highlights and coverage of Big Ten baseball and softball will be featured on This Week in the Big Ten, a new studio show which airs Sunday nights beginning Sunday, April 6. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend's games. The Diamond Report will return with nightly airings during the baseball and softball tournaments.
About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go is the 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live and on-demand programming via the internet, smartphones and tablets to customers of participating video providers. Events include football, men's and women's basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is in more than 52 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Rogers Cable, Shaw and Shaw Direct (Canada) and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. For additional information, go to www.BTN.com.