Oct. 3, 2008
TUCSON -- Arizona Head Coach Mike Candrea has announced the 2009 spring schedule for the eight-time national champion Arizona Softball team.
The Cats will play host to a scheduled 27 games in 19 dates, accompanied by 28 games in 22 dates away from Tucson.
Arizona will play at least one game against eight teams that finished in the final NFCA Top 25 rankings, and 15 that made the NCAA tournament last season.
As it has for a number of years, the team will kick off its season in Tempe, Ariz. at the Kajikawa Classic, taking on five teams including perennial national championship contender Northwestern, and a Nevada squad that defeated UA in the same tournament a season ago.
From there, the Cats will take to the skies and Tampa, Fla. for an appearance in the 2009 Wilson Tournament hosted by South Florida. Included in the tournament schedule are two tilts with host USF, and a Sunday match with Hofstra, whom Arizona defeated twice on their way to clinching a Super Regional berth last season.
A midweek doubleheader with UTEP in Tucson will give way to more tournament play, this time at Hillenbrand Stadium. Arizona will host the Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 20-22 before traveling to College Station, Texas for a three-game set with 2008 WCWS runners-up Texas A&M.
The Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, followed by the UA's annual trek to Fullerton, Calif. for the Judi Garman Classic will lead to one final home doubleheader against St. Peter's on March 17.
After a 10-day break, the UA will open conference play at home with a three-game set against the Oregon schools. The Cats will then make the lone trip to Seattle, board a plane right after the game and head to Los Angeles for two games against rival UCLA.
An unusual eight-game home stand will conclude conference play at home. Arizona will take on the defending national champions, ASU, in a Friday-Saturday match before hosting the Bay area schools, and UCLA-Washington in three consecutive weekends. Arizona's final home game and senior day will be held in the month of April for the first time since 1995.
A midweek trip to Tempe, followed by treks to the Bay area and Oregon in consecutive weekends will conclude the regular season - the first since 2005 to not close in Tucson.
Up Next: Hillenbrand Stadium will play host to another exhibition tournament - the Arizona Fall Classic - consisting of six teams including D-I foe New Mexico. Games run Oct. 10-12 at Hillenbrand Stadium. For a complete list of tournament games, please click here.