Softball Kicks Off 2012 Season at Kajikawa Classic

Feb. 8, 2012


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Aztec Softball Kicks Off 2012 Season With Six Games at Kajikawa Classic
The San Diego State softball team begins its 36th season of competitive play this weekend when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for the Kajikawa Classic on the campus of defending national champion and No. 1/1 Arizona State.

The Aztecs, who are receiving votes in both the preseason USA Today/NFCA and Softball polls, are scheduled to play six games over four days, including five against teams who made last year's NCAA tournament, three who are nationally ranked and four who are either ranked or receiving votes.

SDSU kicks off the 2012 campaign Thursday with a 2 p.m. MT contest against Texas Tech. Following the season opener, San Diego State will take on Portland State (9 a.m. MT) and Utah (11:30 a.m. MT) on Friday, No. 14/9 Tennessee (2 p.m. MT) and rv/No. 23 Georgia Tech (7 p.m. MT) on Saturday, and No. 16/11 Oregon (1:30 p.m. MT) on Sunday.

To track San Diego State throughout the weekend, visit the tournament page at (copy and paste into web browser). Two of the Aztecs' games will be broadcast live on radio. The SDSU-Portland State game on Friday can be found at and the game against Georgia Tech on Saturday can be found at

San Diego State has had great success in season-opening games, going an impressive 14-1 (.933) in lid lifters under 16th-year head coach Kathy Van Wyk. The Aztecs have won 11 straight season-openers with their last loss coming against Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 5, 2000. Since records were first kept in 1980, SDSU is 23-9 (.719) in its opening games.

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