2012 CWS champion Arizona to make seven appearances on Pac-12 Networks
By Pac-12 Enterprises PR staff
Former Wildcat J.T. Snow and Huskie Shortstop Kevin Stocker Headline Networks' Broadcast of 30 Live Conference Games Beginning March 10
SAN FRANCISCO, February 5, 2013 - Pac-12 Networks' first season of live baseball telecasts kicks off Sunday, March 10 with USC vs. UCLA at 3:00 PM PT and features six teams ranked in the preseason National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I preseason poll, as well as seven games starring the 2012 College World Series champion Arizona Wildcats.
With the Pac-12's rich tradition of producing major league talent, the Networks have enlisted former conference standouts J.T. Snow and Kevin Stocker as analysts on its slate of 30 live telecasts this spring.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to close out Pac-12 Networks' first season of live events with 30 baseball games that showcases one of the conference's powerhouse sport programs," said Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Pac-12 Networks. "With the 2012 NCAA champion Arizona Wildcats appearing on the Networks at least seven times and the addition of Pac-12 standouts J.T. Snow and Kevin Stocker to our talent roster, fans are guaranteed a quality broadcast that shows off some of the conference's top talent."
As a six-time consecutive Gold Glove winner and former University of Arizona standout, Snow brings a wealth of Pac-12 baseball knowledge to the network's inaugural season of live game coverage. Snow played three seasons for the Wildcats, earning First-Team All-Pac-10 South honors in 1989 after leading the team with a .359 batting average. Following his collegiate career, he clocked in 13 seasons in the majors including nine years with the San Francisco Giants. Snow has also spent time in the booth, providing television and radio analysis for the San Francisco Giants broadcasts for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and KNBR radio.
Stocker brings over 12 years of broadcasting experience to the Networks, formerly serving as a color analyst for CBS Sports Networks college baseball telecasts. A native of Spokane, WA, he was a standout for the Washington Huskies at shortstop, playing three seasons (1989-91) before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies (54th overall) in the 1991 MLB draft and going on to play 10 seasons in the majors.
Ted Robinson, Roxy Bernstein and JB Long will rotate play-by-play duties alongside Snow and Stocker throughout the 30-game slate.
Although the Wildcats are the reigning NCAA champs, it's UCLA that holds the top preseason spot among conference teams in the NCBWA poll at No. 5, followed by Stanford and Oregon at No. 7 and 8, respectively, No. 10 Oregon State, Arizona at No. 14 and Arizona State at No. 22. The Bruins, who captured a share of the Pac-12 title last season, are led by pitcher Adam Plutko, who is one of a dozen Pac-12 players to be named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Team. Oregon State outfielder and 2012 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Michael Conforto and pitchers Mark Appel (Stanford), Trevor Williams (Arizona State) and Jimmie Sherfy (Oregon) join Plutko as first-team selections.
Each Pac-12 team makes at least three regular season appearances on the Networks television schedule that includes traditional rivalry games between Arizona-Arizona State, Oregon-Oregon State, UCLA-USC, Cal-Stanford and Washington-Washington State.
Below is the complete Pac-12 Networks baseball television schedule. View the complete Pac-12 Conference schedule on Pac-12.com.
2013 Pac-12 Networks Baseball Televised Schedule