Softball's Campbell/Cartier Classic Begins Friday

Feb. 16, 2012

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Aztec Softball Set to Co-Host Campbell/Cartier Classic, Highlighted by Sunday's "Pink Game" vs. No. 12/8 UCLA
The San Diego State softball team opens the home portion of its schedule this weekend when it co-hosts the 22nd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic at SDSU Softball Stadium.

This year's classic features 10 teams, including two ranked foes (No. 7/9 Washington and No. 12/8 UCLA) and three others that are receiving votes in either poll (Aztecs, Notre Dame and Oregon State). The 10 teams will play a combined 25 games over the two fields (also at USD Softball Complex) over the three-day tournament.

SDSU (3-3), which is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, is scheduled to play five contests over the three days, including its annual "Pink Game" against the Bruins (5-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday. During the UCLA game, San Diego State will assist in raising breast cancer awareness by wearing pink visors and pink uniforms, the latter which will be available to bid on in a silent auction during the game. "Swing for Life," a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money to contribute to on-going and ground-breaking research in the fight against breast cancer, will also be on hand to answer questions, hand out pamphlets and sell merchandise that will help the fight against breast cancer.

The Aztecs kick off the classic Friday with games against (rv/rv) Notre Dame (2 p.m. PT) and (rv/--) Oregon State (7 p.m. PT). On Saturday, San Diego State meets Central Florida (1 p.m. PT) and UC Davis (3:30 p.m. PT), before the "Pink Game" against UCLA on Sunday.

The tournament is named after Susanne Campbell and Karin Cartier, who lost their lives during the 1991 softball season in a single-car accident that took place in Rosarito, Mexico. It left a lasting mark on teammates, coaches and the program. To pay tribute to Campbell and Cartier, the Aztec softball team renamed the SDSU Spring Classic in 1994 to the Campbell/Cartier Classic in memory of their friendship and fine athletic ability.

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