Softball Kicks Off 2018 Campaign at ASU's Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 7, 2018
SAN DIEGO -
SDSU Kicks Off 2018 Campaign at Arizona State’s Kajikawa Classic
The Aztecs begin the tournament with a pair of games on Thursday against No. 25/25 Georgia (11:30 a.m. MT) and Stanford (7:15 p.m. MT), followed by another doubleheader on Friday vs. Western Michigan (5:15 p.m. MT) and Northwestern (7:30 p.m. MT). SDSU finishes out the weekend with single games against Nebraska (2 p.m. MT Saturday) and UC Davis (2 p.m. PT Sunday).
San Diego State has historically played well in season-opening games under 22nd-year head coach Kathy Van Wyk. The Aztecs have won five straight season-opening games, 16 of their last 17 season-openers and 19 of the 21 lid-lifters in head coach Kathy Van Wyk’s 21-year tenure. Since records were first kept in 1980, the Aztecs are 28-10 (.737) in their opening games.
SDSU is coming off a 31-18 overall record in 2017 - its 12th consecutive 30-win season - and a 15-9 mark and runner-up finish in MW play. San Diego State led the country last year with a .356 average, shattering its previous best of .310. In all, the Aztecs set seven school records, including batting average, on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.516), hits (497), RBIs (295), sacrifice flies (23) and runs (324, tied).
SDSU has been picked to win the Mountain West this year and is receiving 12 votes in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll, which is tied for the 35th most with Notre Dame.
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