SEATTLE – (Jan. 8) Seattle University softball has announced its 2018 schedule, featuring games against six programs that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. The Redhawks will play 17 home games, including a tournament at Logan Field from March 16-18.
Coach Geoff Hirai enters his third season at SU. He guided the Redhawks to 20 wins and an appearance in the WAC Championship game last year.
“We are coming off a great fall,” said Hirai. “We’re looking forward to playing six NCAA Tournament teams from last year, along with a lot of other great programs around the nation.”
Seattle U opens the regular season at the Kajikawa Classic in Arizona Feb. 9-11. It takes on NCAA Tournament qualifier Notre Dame in the season opener. SU also faces Pac-12 foe Stanford and Big Ten opponent Nebraska at the event.
The next weekend, the Redhawks head to Las Vegas for five games. From Feb. 23-25, SU will visit Stockton, Calif., for five contests. To start March, Seattle U travels to Utah for the Red Desert Classic. It will play a pair of games against Montana, who won the Big Sky in 2017.
On March 6, the Redhawks welcome Toledo for the 2018 home opener at Logan Field. The doubleheader is slated for 4 p.m.
“We have 17 home games this year,” said Hirai. “I hope Redhawk nation will come out and support the team this year.”
SU makes the trip south to CSUN from March 9-11 and will square off with 2017 NCAA qualifier Oregon State twice.
Portland State and Bryant visit Logan Field from March 16-18, as Seattle U will host nine games on campus.
To wrap up tournament action, the Redhawks visit UC Santa Barbara from March 24-26.
Hirai’s squad begins its WAC schedule by hosting Utah Valley on Mar. 30-31 at Logan Field. It will drive to 2017 College World Series participant Washington on April 4 for its final non-conference contest of the season.
Kansas City comes to Logan Field for three games on April 6-7 and then SU heads to CSU Bakersfield the following weekend.
On April 20-21, the Redhawks welcome newly-eligible Grand Canyon for senior weekend at Logan Field. To close the regular season, Seattle U visits defending WAC Champion New Mexico State on April 27-28.
The 2018 WAC Championship will be held May 9-12 at NM State.
Seattle U returns eight regular starters and its top starting pitcher this season. It won its first two games at the 2017 WAC Championship and came within three outs of winning the program’s first-ever WAC title.