SEATTLE – Seattle University softball has announced its 2019 schedule. The slate features 21 games at Logan Field, along with contests against seven Power 5 programs.
Coach Geoff Hirai’s squad will face a challenging schedule, as the Redhawks will play eight teams that qualified for the 2018 NCAA Tournament and 11 teams that finished in the top 100 of the RPI. They will host a Division I-program record 21 contests at Logan Field.
"We tasted success last season," said Hirai. "We want to test ourselves against strong competition and see where we stand. This schedule will prepare us for the WAC."
In 2017, Seattle U had its most successful Division I season ever. It won 33 games and came within a game of winning the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular-season title. It returns seven regulars in the starting lineup and the entire pitching staff for the upcoming campaign.
From Feb. 8-10, SU begins the regular season at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. It will play three Pac-12 foes at the event-Oregon State, Stanford, and Oregon. Oregon advanced to the College World Series last season, while the Beavers qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
The following weekend, the Redhawks head to the Marucci Classic in Las Vegas. They will play five games, including a date with 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Fordham on Feb. 15.
Seattle U competes at the Aggie Invitational in Davis, Calif., on Feb. 22-24, and then travels to the Oklahoma State/Tulsa Invitational the next weekend. It takes on the Cowboys, who qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year, as well as Syracuse, Illinois and Tulsa, who each posted top 100 RPIs in 2018.
From March 8-10, the Redhawks make the short trip to the UW Invite. They are set to take on Ohio State, a 2018 NCAA Tournament participant, and Washington, who advanced to the College World Series Championship last year.
SU opens its home slate on March 12, as Northern Illinois visits Logan Field for a weekday doubleheader. Later that week, the Redhawks welcome Portland State and North Dakota for the Seattle U Invite.
The Redhawks start WAC play on March 22-23, as they make the long trip east to Kansas City for a three-game series. SU returns home for a doubleheader with Cal Poly on March 26 and then squares off with defending WAC champion New Mexico State on March 29-30 at Logan Field.
On April 5-7, SU hosts North Dakota State and Portland State for a weekend at Logan Field. It alternates WAC home and road sets to close the regular season, with trips to Utah Valley and Grand Canyon surrounding home series with CSU Bakersfield and California Baptist. The series with CBU will mark senior weekend (May 3-4).
GCU hosts the 2019 WAC Tournament from May 8-11, with the winner earning the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.