The teams are set, and the stage is ready for the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
Led by Digital Sports Director Matt Kirkle, MavRadio.FM will send six sports reporters to cover the double-elimination tournament, which typically spans the course of two weeks.
According to the Associated Press, more than 357-thousand fans turned out for the 2017 series with an average of almost 23-thousand fans per game.
“The responsibility is something I’m looking forward to - such as getting film, writing and editing articles and making sure it all gets posted on the web,” Kirkle said. “It’s making sure we get content out there.”
This year marks MavRadio.FM’s third year covering the CWS.
The new year will usher in several fresh faces, including Ana Bellinghausen. A D1 athlete herself, Bellinghausen said she’s never known a life without the College World Series, but this year, her role will be vastly different than previous years.
“It just means a lot not being on the fan side but being behind the scenes and seeing how everything works and getting a glimpse of what I’ve been dreaming about as a kid. Getting to see the people from ESPN and the Omaha World-Herald, people I really look up to. I’ll finally be alongside them and not just looking at them on TV. It’s something really special. I never thought I’d have a chance to do this,” said the UNO sprinter.
Senior DK Kellum served as a sports reporter the previous two years but has since landed a position with ESPN during their stay in Omaha. He said being a part of the CWS is a great learning experience.
“I did it for the past two years and the networking was the best part of it,” Kellum said. “Being able to meet so many people from different sporting avenues was priceless. Now, I’m able to work with ESPN as a runner taking on the CWS from a different perspective. I’m excited to see where this new experience leads me.”
The eight teams that made it through regionals and super regionals to land on the “Road to Omaha” are: Texas Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisville, Florida State, Michigan, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. Although we won’t see any Nebraska teams in this year’s tournament, the Omaha Mavericks made history as they clinched the Summit League title but fell short of advancing after losing to UCLA then Baylor in California.
The NCAA D1 baseball tournament began in May with 64 teams. It ends in late June with one team claiming the title.
The staff of MavRadio.FM won’t be searching for hardware or professional scouts, however. Kirkle said his goal is to give our community some of the best, most comprehensive coverage of each and every game at TD Ameritrade Park. He said that means writing, and writing a lot, for the fans on multiple platforms.
“We don’t give people a choice. They’ll see our content because it’s everywhere.”
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The Gateway's Coverage of the CWS
UNO's student newspaper "The Gateway" is also covering the College World Series. The team of three reporters and an editor will be sharing daily game summaries on their website; as well as sharing updates on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. An article published by The Gateway on June 15 looks into the issue of human trafficking during the series and local efforts to prevent it.
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