Pac-12 Softball Teams Open Season

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The 2012 Pac-12 softball season begins this weekend as eight of the Conference's nine teams head to ARIZONA STATE's Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., while UCLA hosts the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament. The defending national champion Sun Devils begin the season holding the No. 1 spots in both the USA Today/NFCA and USA Softball/ESPN.com preseason polls, leading six other Pac-12 teams in the rankings. Arizona State was also picked to win the Pac-12 title in 2012 after a polling of the Conference's softball coaches. Twelve Pac-12 players were named to the preseason watch list for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by female players across the country. Included on the list is reigning Collegiate Player of the Year, STANFORD senior infielder Ashley Hansen.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 9
No. 8/8 Arizona vs. McNeese State ^ 4:30 p.m. MT
Western Michigan at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 5 p.m. MT
San Jose State at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 7:30 p.m. MT
Oregon State vs. BYU ^ 12 p.m. MT
Oregon State vs. Idaho State ^ 2:30 p.m. MT
No. 13/18 Kentucky at No. 19/13 UCLA @ 6 p.m. PT
No. 12/14 Washington vs. No. 21/20 Nebraska ^ 3 p.m. MT

Friday, February 10
No. 8/8 Arizona vs. No. RV/23 Georgia Tech ^ 2 p.m. MT
No. 8/8 Arizona vs. No. 21/20 Nebraska ^ 4:30 p.m. MT
McNeese State at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 4:30 p.m. MT
Northwestern at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 7 p.m. MT
No. 4/3 California vs. No. 14/9 Tennessee ^ 11:30 a.m. MT
No. 16/11 Oregon vs. UC Santa Barbara ^ 11 a.m. MT
No. 16/11 Oregon vs. New Mexico ^ 6:30 p.m. MT
Oregon State vs. No. RV/23 Georgia Tech ^ 8:30 a.m. MT
Oregon State vs. McNeese State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 9/10 Stanford vs. Cal State Northridge ^ 9 a.m. MT
No. 9/10 Stanford vs. No. 17/15 Texas A&M ^ 2 p.m. MT
No. 13/18 Kentucky at No. 19/13 UCLA @ 2 p.m. PT
Utah vs. San Diego State ^ 11:30 a.m. MT
Utah vs. Western Michigan ^ 6:30 p.m. MT
No. 12/14 Washington vs. San Jose State ^ 2 p.m. MT

Saturday, February 11

No. 8/8 Arizona vs. Syracuse ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 8/8 Arizona vs. No. 17/15 Texas A&M ^ 4 p.m. MT
Texas State at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 4:30 p.m. MT
No. 14/9 Tennessee at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 7 p.m. MT
No. 4/3 California vs. Bradley ^ 9 a.m. MT
No. 4/3 California vs. Texas State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 16/11 Oregon vs. BYU ^ 11 a.m. MT
No. 16/11 Oregon vs. San Jose State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
Oregon State vs. No. 21/20 Nebraska ^ 4:30 p.m. MT
No. 9/10 Stanford vs. Portland State ^ 8:30 a.m. MT
No. 9/10 Stanford vs. Texas Tech ^ 11 a.m. MT
Pacific at No. 19/13 UCLA @ 12 p.m. PT
No. 13/18 Kentucky at No. 19/13 UCLA @ 2:30 p.m. PT
Utah vs. UC Santa Barbara ^ 8:30 p.m. MT
No. 12/14 Washington vs. Idaho State ^ 8:30 a.m. MT
No. 12/14 Washington vs. Northwestern ^ 2 p.m. MT

Sunday, February 12
No. 8/8 Arizona vs. Cal State Northridge ^ 11 a.m. MT
Cal Poly at No. 1/1 Arizona State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 4/3 California vs. Syracuse ^ 12 p.m. MT
No. 16/11 Oregon vs. San Diego State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 9/10 Stanford vs. UC Santa Barbara ^ 11:30 a.m. MT
Utah vs. Portland State ^ 1:30 p.m. MT
No. 12/14 Washington vs. Texas State ^ 8:30 a.m. MT

All game times local to site and subject to change.
^ Kajikawa Classic - Tempe, Ariz.
@ Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament - Los Angeles
Rankings from NFCA/USA Softball

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