SALT LAKE CITY -
Utah Softball has announced its schedule for the upcoming 2019 season. The Utes will play 54 games, 32 of which will be against teams that qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament.
Utah will take part in five non-conference tournaments before hosting 16 contests, including four Pac-12 series, at Dumke
Family Softball Stadium. The Utes will play 17 games, five conference series and two non-conference games, on the Pac-12 Networks.
"The Pac-12 is the top conference in the nation and our schedule will have us prepared for league play," head coach Amy Hogue
said. "We have 32 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season so we are excited for the season to begin."
Utah will host four Pac-12 foes at home this season, starting with Cal, Mar. 15-17 at Dumke
Family Softball Stadium. The Utes also host No. 11 Arizona (Apr. 5-7), No. 2 Washington ((Apr. 18-20) and close with No. 6 Oregon (May 3-5). The series with the Golden Bears will be streamed via UtahUtes.com with the other three sets televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
The four conference road trips for Utah Softball are to No. 7 Arizona State (Mar. 22-24), Stanford (Apr. 12-14), No. 3 UCLA (Apr. 26-28) and Oregon State (May 9-11). The series against the Sun Devils and Cardinal can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.
NON-CONFERENCE FOES AND TOURNAMENTS
The Utes will once again begin the 2019 season at the Kajikawa
Classic in Tempe, Ariz. They will face Missouri, Western Michigan, Kansas, CSUN
and Bradley. The games against the Jayhawks
and Matadors on Feb. 9 will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Utah will have a few days off before heading to Florida for the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational sponsored by ESPN and seen on its family of networks (ESPN/ESPN2
/SEC Network). The Utes will play No. 10 Tennessee, No. 15 Kentucky, No. 24 Hofstra
, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.
Next is the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, which runs Feb. 21-24. Utah will play the Buckeyes once more, as well as contests with Northwestern, North Carolina, Duke, Colorado State and UC Santa Barbara.
March begins at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The Utes will play the host Antelopes, Northern Colorado, Iowa State and South Dakota. The final tournament test will be a trip to Hawaii to play the host Wahine, SIU-Edwardsville
, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.
During Pac-12 play, the Utes welcome No. 4 Oklahoma (Mar. 30-31) as well as in-state foes Utah Valley and Weber State. These four games will be streamed live via UtahUtes.com. The annual Deseret
First Duel vs. BYU is May 1 in Provo.
The NCAA Selection show is the evening of Sunday, May 12 and the NCAA Regionals are May 17-19 with the Super Regionals following them, May 23-26. The last eight teams standing will advance to the College World Series, May 30-June 5 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium at OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City
A season removed from hosting NCAA Regionals for the first time, Utah has made the postseason 21 times and will look to advance to the tournament for a fourth time in five years.