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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

    Oregon Ducks Win 12th Straight vs. Oregon State Beavers

    Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

    HawkinsDucks.1lr Cheridan Hawkins picked up two wins and a save in the three-game series against Oregon State. The lefty allowed just one unearned run on nine hits and one walk in 13 innings against the Beavers with 17 strikeouts.

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon’s senior class improved to 12-0 in their careers against Oregon State as the Ducks swept the Beavers for the fourth straight year with a 9-0, run-rule, win on Sunday afternoon.

    The Ducks (32-6, 10-2) have outscored Oregon State, 120-24, during the 12-game winning streak.

    Cheridan Hawkins, who picked up the win on Sunday, improved to 8-0 in her career against the Beavers. She has allowed just five earned runs over 38.1 career innings (0.91 ERA) against OSU with 48 strikeouts.
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    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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    The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

    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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    Previewing the 2012 Women’s College World Series field

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Breaking down the eight squads heading to Oklahoma City
    Jerry Trickie, NCAA.com

    Alabama | Arizona State | California | LSU | Oklahoma | Oregon | South Florida | Tennessee

    School: Alabama Nickname: Crimson Tide City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
    Conference: Southeastern Record (NCAA selection): 55-7 (SEC champion)
    Coach (record): Patrick Murphy (767-197 in 15 years overall, 739-217 in 14 years at UA)
    NCAA bids: 14 WCWS bids (titles bold): 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

    Down the order: You want power? It’s there as the Crimson Tide are among the national leaders in home runs with 93. Speed? Oh yeah, it’s there as Bama has rolled to second place nationally with 137 stolen bases…

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    First up for Oregon softball in world series: Here come the Sun Devils

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    Oregon arrives at the Women’s College World Series preparing to play another Pac-12 school in first game

    BY CHRIS HANSEN
    The Register-Guard

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oregon softball team rolled into Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon and one of the first things they saw upon arriving at their hotel was a large banner with the 2012 Women’s College World Series logo splashed across the front.

    “It gave me chills,” UO coach Mike White said. “Finally.”

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    Oregon Ducks softball battles Texas Longhorns in Super Regional

    Friday, May 25th, 2012

    Samantha Pappas leads Oregon softball’s offensive revival
    The outfielder is hitting .383 to power the Ducks to the super regionals

    BY CHRIS HANSEN
    The Register-Guard

    EUGENE, OR – Samantha Pappas joined the Oregon softball team in 2010 with a big swing and plenty of swagger.

    It was exactly what the Ducks needed one year after sinking to a 16-34 record with an unproductive offense acting as the anchor.

    Pappas ripped through opponents that spring, hitting .383 and leading Oregon with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, 64 hits, 27 walks and 107 total bases to earn first-team all-Pac-10 honors.

    Following Pappas’ lead, the Ducks hit .299 as a team that season after hitting just .223 the season before, and advanced to what would become the first of three straight NCAA super regional appearances.

    The third begins at 6 p.m. today for Oregon (42-15) with Game 1 of a three-game series against Texas (46-11) at McCombs Stadium in Austin, Texas. The winner advances to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, May 31-June 6.

    “Freshman year I came in wanting to be a show-off,” admitted Pappas, the 2010 Pac-10 newcomer of the year. “I wanted to be the kid on the team that was going to make a difference.”

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    First-inning outburst lifts Ducks

    Friday, May 18th, 2012

    NCAA softball: Ducks defeat Vikings 7-3 at Eugene Regional
    By LINDSAY SCHNELL
    THE OREGONIAN

    EUGENE, OR – Anna Bertrand probably would like a do-over.

    After giving up six hits to the first nine batters, walking one and hitting another, the Portland State junior found herself with a six-run deficit against No. 12 Oregon on the Ducks’ home field — and that was before the first inning even ended.

    It was hardly the start someone looks for in the postseason.

    “Uncharacteristic,” said PSU coach Tobin Echo-Hawk.

    (The Ducks continued play on Friday by defeating BYU 6-4 on Jessica Moore’s second complete game, a five-hit, 10 strikeout effort, while allowing two earned runs. Follow www.NCAA.com for current results.)

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    Women carry on the great tradition of fastpitch softball

    Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


    UCLA Bruin catcher Dani Yudin rips a hit off Missouri Tigers’ pitcher Chelsea Thomas during the 2012 Cathedral City Softball Classic, Feb. 26, at Big League Dreams softball complex in Cathedral City, Calif.
    Photo By BOB OTTO
    (For more photos of The Classic, visit my link at the bottom of the story.)

    CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Ever wonder what fastpitch softball would be like if the women hadn’t swooped in and saved the sport? What with the dying state of the boys and men’s side, the sport would surely be in a dismal state. If not for our counterparts.

    Most certainly Title IX enacted by Congress in 1973 paved the way for women to compete on equal scale with men in athletics. Which of course opened the door to women’s collegiate sports, including softball. No such luck for the men’s side of softball at the collegiate level. And even high school, for that matter.

    We can whine about the unfairness of it all: “If we had high school or college men’s fastpitch, our side of the sport would be flourishing as well or better than the females!” shout some diehard men’s fastpitch buffs.

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    See the finest women’s college fast-pitch softball players in action at Cathedral City Classic

    Saturday, February 27th, 2010


    Photos By BOB OTTO
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    CATHEDRAL CITY, CA – Many of the premiere women’s college softball teams in the nation gathered at Cathedral City’s Big League Dreams complex for the annual “Cathedral City Classic” hosted by the Oregon State Beavers.

    See teams such as Texas, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Oregon, Utah, BYU, and Fordham in action by visiting my photo gallery.
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