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Nation’s best softball teams and stars compete in 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Beautiful blue skies with the San Jacinto Mountain range in the background made for perfect playing conditions at Big League Dreams in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic that featured outstanding women’s college fastpitch softball teams from throughout the country, Feb. 21-24 in Cathedral City, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Softball fans could travel to all parts of the United States, Canada – in fact the world – and find no higher caliber of women’s fastpitch softball than at the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Feb. 21-24.

On hand for the 16th annual showcase were NCAA Div. I powerhouses such as the No. 2 ranked UCLA Bruins, 14-0, (5-0 Mary Nutter), Oregon Ducks, Arizona Wildcats, BYU Cougars, Kentucky Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, North Carolina Tar Heels, Oklahoma Sooners, Washington Huskies…and the list could go on – included on that list was Japan’s national team.

The collegiate classic started with dreary, cold and rainy weather on Thursday, Feb. 21st, but on Friday the sun broke free under beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures that lasted through the final day on Sunday.

On a gorgeous Saturday, thousands packed Big League Dreams five ball diamonds to enjoy, applaud and cheer for many of the best softball athletes in the world.

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    Utah Utes senior, Hailey Hilbum, laces a hit during the Utes 2-0 loss to Ohio State, Sat. Feb. 23 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Thousands of fastpitch softball fans lined all sides of the ball fields at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb 23. The annual tournament features top-ranked NCAA Div. I teams from througout the country that most fans wouldn’t be able to see all in one place if not for this outstanding tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Vendors at the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic offered a wide variety of merchandise for kids and adults, including bats, gloves, softball shoes, softballs, uniforms, jackets, batting gloves, jewelry and pins, and of course t-shirts, which were a hot seller. Photo By BOB OTTO

    North Carolina pitcher BRITTANY PICKETT winds up to fire a pitch to the plate during the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Sat., Feb. 23. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Long Beach State 49ers slugger ALYSSA GONZALEZ is greeted at home plate after she scored a run in the 49ers, 8-4, victory over North Carolina. Gonzalez had two hits with an RBI. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Cal Poly Mustangs pitcher STEFFI BEST winds up to hurl a pitch during the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Ohio State pitcher KAT DUVALL warms up her pitching arm during Saturday’s action at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Arizona Wildcats freshman pitcher Marissa Schuld works on spinning the ball for the proper rise ball rotation with coach RAY CAMACHO during pre-game warmups during the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Sat., Feb. 23 at Big League Dreams, Cathedral City, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Japan’s national team played in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, and in a match-up with the Arizona Wildcats, lost in 1-0 pitching duel during Saturday’s action at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Arizona head coach MIKE CANDREA greets DEJAH MULPOLA after she blasted a long home run over the left field fence to give the Wildcats a 1-0 victory over Team Japan in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Sat., Feb. 23. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Army shortstop, MADDIE KIM, squeezes her glove after she caught a high infield pop up during an Army game on Saturday, Feb. 22. The West Point Black Knights played well in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic that featured top-ranked NCAA Div. I teams from throughout the country. Photo By BOB OTTO

    UCLA Bruins coach KIRK WALKER has some fun hitting fungos to the Bruins in a pre-game warmup before the Bruins took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City. Looking on are ALANA SNOW, left, BUBBA NICKLES, ZOE SHAW and SHEA MORENO. Photo By BOB OTTO

    UCLA shortstop BRIANA PEREZ leaps for a high throw as Nebraska’s RYLIE UNZICKER slides into second base. Unzicker was safe on the play, but the Bruins went on to beat the Cornhuskers 9-1 in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 23. Perez had a great game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the leadoff spot. Photo By BOB OTTO

    UCLA Bruins BRIANA PEREZ, left, ANNA VINES, and ALANA SNOW show their jubilation as RACHEL GARCIA trots to home plate after hitting a home run in the Bruins, 9-1 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    BYU pitcher KERISA VIRAMONTES fires a pitch during the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif. Viramontes started and pitched four innings allowing but four hits and two run in the Cougars, 3-2, win over UC Santa Barbara, Sat., Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Univ. of Calif. Santa Barbara’s RAYNA COHEN beats the throw to third base during the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    In the battle of inter-service teams, beating Navy is a high priority for the West Point Army team. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Army pitcher MACEY NEWBARY fires a pitch that scorchers the outside corner of the plate to Duke’s KYLA MORRIS during Army’s 10-0 victory in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Newbary allowed but two hits with a strikeout to notch the win in the 5-inning game, Sat., Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Army second baseman, ASHLEY YOO, appeals to the umpire for a force out at second base of Duke’s JAMESON KAVEL, as Army shortstop MADDIE KIM looks on. Kavel was called safe on the play. Army went on to defeat Duke, 10-0, in the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif., Feb. 22. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Make plans to attend next year’s Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif. that features top-ranked NCAA Div. i women’s fastpitch softball teams from throughout the country. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The best in collegiate softball coming to Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City

    Monday, February 10th, 2014

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    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – Top collegiate softball teams from throughout the United States will battle it out in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Feb. 20-23, at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City.

    A virtual “who’s who” of women’s NCAA Div. 1 collegiate softball (rankings) teams will be on hand, including current No. 1 ranked Tennessee, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Nebraska…

    And 31 additional talented teams that comprise the 2014 Participating Teams that make this an exciting tournament for softball fans.

    The Tournament Schedule begins on Thursday at 10 a.m., with the final game scheduled for Sunday at 4:30.

    Big League Dreams, Cathedral City is located at:
    33700 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234
    (760) 324-5600

    Tourmanet Director
    Deb Hartwig
    deb@just-softball.com
    www.just-softball.com

    Assistant Tournament Director
    Sherell Vance
    sherell@just-softball.com

    Media Director
    Amy Hughes
    amy.s.hughes@mac.com

    Owner and Founder
    Kirk Walker
    kwalker@athletics.ucla.edu

    Steve Miner, a premiere California slap hitter

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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    San Diego State Aztec assistant coach Steve Miner.

    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – While I was shooting the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, my camera found this former legend of California fastpitch – Steve Miner – hitting infield ground balls.

    Miner once played for the Vista Bombers, a strong International Softball Congress (ISC) team that competed in the Western Softball Congress with the likes of the fabled Long Beach Nitehawks and Lakewood Jets.

    Miner is now an assistant coach with the San Diego State Aztecs. He looks like he keeps himself in pretty good shape. I don’t doubt he could show today’s youngsters how to slap and lay down a bunt.

    San Diego State went 2-3 in the tournament that featured 35 of the best NCAA Division I softball teams from across the country.

    No. 9 Oregon Ducks Cap Perfect Palm Springs Trip with 3-1 Win over Aztecs

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

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    Oregon Ducks Karissa Hovinga from Ralston, Neb. is one of three pitchers the Ducks are counting on to return to the NCAA College World Series, along with senior right-hander Jessica Moore from Sutter, Calif. and Cheridan Hawkins, a freshman left-hander from Anderson, Calif. Photo By BOB OTTO

    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The No. 9 University of Oregon softball team (13-3) raised its win streak to six games with its 3-1 win in Sunday’s Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic finale over San Diego State (8-7).

    In her second complete game of the season, senior Jessica Moore (7-2) struck out 10, walked two, and gave up three hits.

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    Junior infielder Courtney Ceo lays down a bunt during the Ducks 4-2 victory over the UNLV Rebels in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. On the season, Ceo has a .408 batting average, scored 16 runs with 9 RBIs, and has 20 hits in 16 games. Photo By BOB OTTO

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    Cats Fall in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Finale

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – Despite a solid effort in the circle, 14th-ranked Arizona softball fell in its final game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, 3-0 to No. 11 LSU (14-1). The Wildcats finished the tournament 2-3 and fell to 10-5 on the season.

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    Florida Softball wraps up Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with 5-3 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The fifth-ranked Gator softball squad capped off the week in Palm Springs with a 5-3 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex in the final contest for No. 5 Florida (16-1) at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

    Florida went 4-1 over its three-day stay in the desert, with wins over Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Georgia Tech, while falling shy in a school-record 12-inning game against No. 7 Missouri Friday. continue reading Florida Softball

    No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners impressive in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

    Monday, February 25th, 2013

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    Oklahoma Sooners Keilani Ricketts won three games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic to improve to 7-0. Photo By BOB OTTO

    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The 35 team 10th Annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic wrapped up play on Sunday, and one fact remains intact: the Oklahoma Sooners are tough to beat.

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    The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City

    Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic will showcase 35 of the top women’s collegiate softball teams in the U.S. from June 21 – 24 at the Big League Dreams Sports in Cathedral City.

    Some of the teams participating include: Oklahoma, Florida, BYU, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, UCLA and many more.

    Games begin today at 10 a.m. with the final game scheduled for 8 p.m. (Visit official website for complete schedule and additional information.) Palm Springs Softball Classic

    Big League Dreams Sports
    33700 Date Palm Dr.
    Cathedral City, CA 92234
    (760) 324-5600

    The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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    CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – 35 of the country’s top women’s collegiate softball teams will be competing in The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic including UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Florida… at Big League Dreams, 33-700 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA.

    The tournament runs four days from Thursday, Feb. 21 to Sunday. Please check the tournament website for all pertinent information.

    Big League Dreams is a beautiful facility in which to watch the finest women’s fastpitch teams in the U.S. I’ve attended the past two years and the action is fantastic, the weather great, and the seating is close to the action (if you wish to lounge in a lawn chair, be sure to bring one).

    Contact Inoformation:

    Deb Hartwig – Tournament Director
    deb@just-softball.com
    www.just-softball.com

    Sherell Vance – Assistant Tournamnet Director
    sherell@just-softball.com

    Head Athletic Trainer – Alisha Musume Smith
    alisha@theATCagency.com www.theATCagency.com

    Media Director – Amy Hughes – All media requests
    amy.s.hughes@mac.com

    Kirk Walker – Owner and Founder
    kwalker@athletics.ucla.edu
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