Bama to get 8 televised baseball games in '10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team will have eight televised games this season, according to the Southeastern Conference's new television package, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

The 2010 SEC Baseball television schedule, the first under a new 15-year contract with ESPN, will include 46 broadcasts in 2010, up from eight games in 2009. In addition, all games from the 2010 SEC Tournament will continue to be broadcast, with the championship game airing nationally on ESPN2.

The SEC television package is derived from broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN, SportSouth and CSS. In addition, will also stream all broadcasts live online (except for games that appear on ESPNU).

"We are excited about the SEC's new television contract and I think this will really help our league continue to grow and be one of the best in college baseball," Alabama head baseball coach Mitch Gaspard said. "We are very excited to have eight games on the SEC TV package and six of those will be at home, which will allow us to showcase Crimson Tide baseball to the college baseball world. This is a great opportunity for our program."

Alabama will have six home games and two road games televised this season as part of the league's television package.

Alabama will make five appearances on CSS this season, including Vanderbilt (March 21 – 2 p.m.), Auburn (April 3 – 3 p.m.), at South Carolina (May 1 – 12 p.m.), Florida (May 7 – 6:30 p.m.) and at Tennessee (May 22 – 12 p.m.).  The Crimson Tide will also make one appearance on FSN, SportSouth and espn2 this season.  Alabama will make its lone FSN appearance when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m. (CT).  The Crimson Tide will host the Florida Gators on Saturday, May 8 at 3 p.m. on SportSouth and will host the Mississippi Rebels on Saturday, May 15 at 3 p.m. on espn2.

Alabama opens the 2010 season on Saturday, February 20 against the South Alabama Jaguars at 2:05 p.m.  Season tickets are available through the Athletic Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-TIDETIX.

The compete Alabama television schedule is as follows:

Date           Opponent                   Game Time         Network

March 20     Vanderbilt                  3 p.m.                    FSN

March 21     Vanderbilt                  2 p.m.                    CSS

April 3          Auburn                      3 p.m.                    CSS

May 1          at South Carolina      Noon                      CSS

May 7          Florida                       6:30 p.m.               CSS

May 8          Florida                       3 p.m.                    SportSouth

May 15        Mississippi                 3 p.m.                    ESPN2

May 22        at Tennessee            Noon                     CSS

All times are Central time.