ESPN Employee Died Just Before Start Of Alabama-Wake Forest Super Regional Game

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An ESPN employee working the Alabama-Wake Forest NCAA Super Regional Saturday morning in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, died approximately an hour before the game’s scheduled start at noon, an OutKick source confirmed.

Game officials postponed the start of the game until 2:15 p.m. at Wake Forest’s David F. Couch Ballpark. The ESPN employee had just attended a pregame meeting about the game’s coverage that was scheduled for ESPN.

At about 11 a.m., Wake Forest said the start of the game was postponed because of “a non-game related medical event.”

ESPN Had No Other Details

OutKick reached ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer Saturday night, but he had no further details at this time.

The game started at 2:15 p.m. on ESPN+. No. 1 Wake Forest defeated the No. 16 seed Crimson Tide, 5-4. Rhett Lowder picked up the win with six strikeouts over six and one-third innings. He allowed five hits. Lowder (15-0) leads the nation in victories.

Luke Holman (7-4) took the loss for Alabama (43-20).

Tommy Hawke, Danny Corona and Justin Johnson homered for Wake Forest (51-10). Caden Rose homered twice for Alabama, and Colby Shelton homered.

Wake Forest 1 Win From College World Series

Wake Forest can reach its first College World Series since 1955 with a win over Alabama at noon Sunday. Television information is to be announced. Wake Forest won its only national championship in 1955.

Should Alabama win Sunday, the two will play Monday in the best-of-three Super Regional.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau joined OutKick as an SEC columnist in September of 2021 after covering LSU and the Saints for 17 years at USA TODAY Louisiana. He has been a national columnist/feature writer since the summer of 2022, covering college football, basketball and baseball with some NFL, NBA, MLB, TV and Movies and general assignment, including hot dog taste tests.

A New Orleans native and Mizzou graduate, he has consistently won Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) awards since covering Alabama and Auburn at the Mobile Press-Register (1993-98) and LSU and the Saints at the Baton Rouge Advocate (1998-2004). In 2021, Guilbeau won an FWAA 1st for a game feature, placed in APSE Beat Writing, Breaking News and Explanatory, and won Beat Writer of the Year from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA). He won an FWAA columnist 1st in 2017 and was FWAA's top overall winner in 2016 with 1st in game story, 2nd in columns, and features honorable mention.

Guilbeau completed a book in 2022 about LSU's five-time national champion coach - "Everything Matters In Baseball: The Skip Bertman Story" - that is available at, and Barnes & Noble outlets. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, the former Michelle Millhollon of Thibodaux who previously covered politics for the Baton Rouge Advocate and is a communications director.

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