Seattle University softball head coach Dan Powers has announced the team’s schedule for the 2013 season. This will be the team’s first season competing in the Western Athletic Conference and with full NCAA Division I status.

“Entering our first season in the WAC, we will participate in some tough tournaments to prepare us for conference play,” said Powers. “We have been able to build up our schedule and add six more home games due to the Logan Field renovation project competed in September. For the first time, we are going to host UW next season, so it should be an exciting start to the 2013 schedule.”

The Redhawks open the season at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah (Feb. 8-10) and at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev. (Feb. 14-17). In St. George, they will face BYU, Oklahoma State, Southern Utah, Utah, and Weber State, and at UNLV, they will face UNLV, Utah, and Louisiana Monroe, as well as UCLA and Oregon State, who both finished 2012 ranked in the top 25.

At the end of February, the team opens up their home schedule hosting Northwest University (Feb. 23) for a doubleheader and cross-town rival Washington (Feb. 27), for the first time, at Logan Field at Seattle University Park under the lights.

In March, Seattle U will participate in several other tournaments including the UC Santa Barbara Invitational (Mar. 1-3) in Santa Barbara, Calif., the UW Spring Classic (Mar. 8-10) at Husky Softball Stadium, and the Cal State Northridge Invitational (Mar. 15-17) in Northridge, Calif.

At home, to finish up their non-conference schedule, the Redhawks host Ohio University (3 p.m.) and Bradley University (6 p.m.) on Mar. 7 and Yale University on Mar. 12. They will also host Portland State later in the season for a non-conference doubleheader on Apr. 10.

Throughout their WAC schedule, SU will play a single game on either Friday or Saturday and a doubleheader on the other day throughout most of the remainder of the season. For home conference weekends, they will play a doubleheader on the Friday and a single game on Saturday, weather permitting.

Seattle U opens up their conference schedule on the road at UT Arlington (Mar. 22-23), and will also travel in conference play to San Jose State (Apr. 5-6), UT San Antonio (Apr. 19-20), and New Mexico State (Apr. 26-27), and will play a non-conference doubleheader at Oregon on May 1. In home conference action, SU will host Texas State (Mar. 29-30), Utah State (Apr. 12-13), and Louisiana Tech (May 3-4).

Dependent upon their regular season record, the Redhawks will have the chance to qualify for the WAC Championships in Ruston, La. on May 8-11, as the top six of eight teams make the conference tournament.

Opponents for the remainder of the tournaments will be announced as they become available.

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