Oct. 10, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State softball head coach Kathy Van Wyk has announced a 54-game schedule for the 2013 spring season, highlighted by 18 contests against 2012 NCAA tournament teams.
The Aztecs, who won their fifth Mountain West title and advanced to their school-record fifth consecutive NCAA tournament and sixth in seven seasons last year, will once again play host to three tournaments, including the 23rd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic.
SDSU will play seven seeded teams from the 2012 NCAA tournament, six that made the NCAA Super Regionals, four games against three Women's College World Series opponents and the WCWS runner-up. Additionally, San Diego State will play six games against top-25 RBI teams from a year ago.
The Aztecs begin their season on the road for the sixth straight year when they travel to Tempe, Ariz., to compete in Arizona State's Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 7-9. Two of SDSU's five games at the classic will be against 2012 NCAA tournament teams, including Northwestern (Feb. 8) and CWCS qualifier Arizona (Feb. 9). San Diego State also plays Creighton (Feb. 7), Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 8) and Western Michigan (Feb. 9).
The Aztecs open their home campaign the following weekend with the 23rd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic. This year's classic may be the most competitive one ever as five of the six teams made last year's NCAA tournament (SDSU, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Washington), two of the schools were seeded in the tourney (No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 16 Washington) and one was the WCWS runner-up (Oklahoma). San Diego State plays Kentucky on Feb. 14, Oklahoma on Feb. 15, Notre Dame and Washington on Feb. 16 and finishes with UC Riverside on Feb. 17.
The Aztecs then take their talents to the always competitive Cathedral City Classic near Palm Springs, Calif., from Feb. 21-24. SDSU begins with NCAA Super Regional foe Missouri and Virginia on Feb. 21, and will follow with NCAA tourney participant Syracuse (Feb. 22). San Diego State finishes with perennial Big Ten Power Ohio State (Feb. 23) and ends with Super Regional qualifier Oregon (Feb. 24).
The Aztecs return to America's Finest City the following weekend (Feb. 28-March 3) when they co-host the San Diego Classic I with San Diego. Three of SDSU's four opponents in the classic made last year's NCAA tournament, including former Mountain West rival Brigham Young (Feb. 28), Long Beach State (March 1) and last year's No. 12 national seed UCLA (March 3). Utah State (March 2) is the other game for San Diego State at the first San Diego Classic.
The Aztecs return to Fresno State's Bayer Cropscience Classic for a second straight year from March 8-10. The competitive non-conference slate continues for SDSU as it will meet California (No. 1 overall seed and WCWS qualifier) and Oregon State on March 8, Iowa State and Oregon (WCWS qualifier and second meeting of the season) on March 9 and Saint Mary's on March 10.
San Diego State returns home for two mid-week games against Iona (March 12) and Miami (OH) (March 13), before hosting the San Diego Classic II. The Aztecs' first two games (Bryant and San Jose State) on March 14 will be played at SDSU Softball Stadium, while the rest of the tournament will be contested at the Santee Sportsplex. At the Sportsplex, which features three playing fields, SDSU will face Buffalo (March 15), Seton Hall and Texas Tech (March 16) and UMass (March 17), the latter two which made last year's NCAA tournament.
Following a rare weekend off, San Diego State begins its final season of the Mountain West on March 28-30 when it plays host to New Mexico in a three-game series. The Aztecs will also play at Nevada (April 5-7), at Boise State (April 19-21), at home against Fresno State (April 26-28), at Colorado State (May 3-5) and at home vs. UNLV (May 9-11) to end the regular season.
Mixed in between the conference slate is a home-and-home series with San Diego (April 3 and April 16) and road contests vs. future Big West foes Cal State Fullerton (April 10) and UC Riverside (April 13).
SDSU is coming off a 32-24 season in 2012, advancing to the NCAA tournament for a school-record fifth consecutive year and capturing its fifth Mountain West title. San Diego State went 2-2 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional before being eliminated in the regional championship game for the second straight year, falling just short of the NCAA Super Regionals (equivalent to the Sweet 16). The Aztecs finished with single-season program records in slugging percentage (.466), doubles (79), home runs (58), RBIs (237) and total bases (692), and received votes in both national polls.