ESPNU recently announced that it will televise the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) softball game between New Mexico State and No. 18 Hawai'i on Friday, March 30 from the NM State Softball Complex in Las Cruces.
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT between the Aggies (16-12) and the undefeated Rainbow Wahine (21-0) on the final Friday in March. The game will air nationally on a tape-delayed basis at 8 p.m. MT. It marks the first nationally televised softball game from Las Cruces in New Mexico State history.
"Hosting a nationally televised game is a great opportunity to showcase our program to the country," head coach Kathy Rodolph said. "I feel like it shows how our program has grown over the years. It should be a great game and it is a chance to show the nation what Aggie softball is all about."
Both programs have had recent success in softball. New Mexico State won its first WAC regular-season and WAC Tournament titles last season in 2011. A year prior Hawai'i advanced to the 2010 Women's College World Series after claiming the WAC Tournament title in Las Cruces.
Recently the rivalry between the teams has heated up. UH was the only team to sweep NM State last season during its title run. The Rainbow Wahine won three one-run games in Honolulu at the end of last April.
The Aggies returned the favor two weeks later at the WAC Tournament in Fresno with a one-run 5-4 victory over UH. In a dramatic finish, New Mexico State departed senior Hoku Nohara blasted a two-run walk-off home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the top-seeded Aggies a come-from-behind win over the fourth-seeded Rainbow Wahine.
ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 600 original studio shows. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multi-channel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
The Aggies play in their first regionally-televised game this week against No. 23 New Mexico on AggieVision. NM State will sport new helmets in the game. First pitch between the Aggies and Lobos is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the NM State Softball Complex.
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