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2020 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Schedule Announced

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The official schedule for the 2020 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic was announced on Tuesday afternoon. There are 29 Division-I collegiate programs competing and they will be joined by the United States Olympic Team.

Over the course of four days, 74 games will be played on five fields at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City, Calif.

Here are five games that we have circled on the schedule.

Bethune-Cookman vs. Oregon

Bethune-Cookman’s 5-3 win over Oregon was one of the highlights of the 2019 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Alexis Bermudez started for the Wildcats and Maddie MacGrandle was in the circle for the Ducks. Neither pitcher is still with their program and Oregon added several new arms to help Jordan Dail.

Arizona vs. Florida

Florida won the lone meeting between these two last season 3-2 and at the end of the year, both teams were playing in Oklahoma City. Neither made the championship series and are both searching for a new leader in the circle. Arizona returns several starters including Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, Jessie Harper, Malia Martinez, Reyna Carranco, Jenna Kean, Hannah Martinez and Dejah Mulipola if she doesn’t make Team USA. Florida returns Sophia Reynoso, Kendyl Lindaman, Jordan Roberts, Jaimie Hoover, Jade Caraway, Jordan Matthews, Hannah Adams and Hannah Sipos.

Arizona vs. Auburn

This was the Tucson Regional Final matchup in 2019 and will be an early test a new-look Auburn team. The Tigers fell into the loser’s bracket after a 2-1 loss to the Wildcats but fought back to run-rule Colorado State to reach the finals. They fell 12-3 to end their season. Auburn returns four starters and will most likely be turning to Ashlee Swindle as its No. 1 pitcher.

Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin ended Oklahoma’s historic winning streak last season with a 2-1 loss the first game of the Regional finals. The Badgers return seven of eight positioned players and their top two pitchers. Oklahoma lost a huge senior class but returns veteran leadership in Giselle “G” Juarez, Nicole Mendes and Jocelyn Alo.

Oklahoma vs. Washington

Both teams made it to the WCWS last year but were lined up on opposite sides of the bracket and didn’t play each other. Washington will turn to Gabbie Plain as its ace and maybe we will get of freshman Kelley Lynch in a matchup like this. Both teams are primed for a return to OKC in 2020.

*Honorable Mention* UCLA vs. Team USA

Is it possible that we see Rachel Garcia pitch against her collegiate team? Probably not but she will most likely be playing in this game as a member of Team USA and not UCLA. Most teams only play their starters for a couple of innings against Team USA before giving everyone a chance to play against the best team in the world. It will sure be a fun matchup to watch and is one of the last games of the weekend.

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February 20:

10 a.m. – Bethune-Cookman vs. Oregon

10:30 a.m. – Arizona State vs. Auburn

10:30 a.m. – Oregon State vs. Mississippi State

1 p.m. – Oregon State vs. Idaho State

1 p.m. – Oregon vs. Mississippi State

3 p.m. – Arizona vs. Texas A&M

3:30 p.m. – New Mexico vs. UC Riverside

3:30 p.m. – Idaho State vs. San Diego State

5:30 p.m. – Arizona vs. Missouri

6 p.m. – BYU vs. UC Riverside

6 p.m. – Notre Dame vs. San Diego State

8:30 p.m. – BYU vs. Notre Dame

February 21:

10 a.m. – San Diego State vs. Arizona

10 a.m. – Northwestern vs. Auburn

10 a.m. – UC Davis vs. Seattle

10:30 a.m. – Oklahoma vs. Nebraska

10:30 a.m. – Missouri vs. Oregon State

12:30 p.m. – Florida vs. Arizona

12:30 p.m. – Cal vs. Auburn

12:30 p.m. – Notre Dame vs. Seattle

1 p.m. – Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M

1 p.m. – Missouri vs. UC Davis

3 p.m. – Florida vs. Northwestern

3 p.m. – Utah vs. Long Beach State

3 p.m. – Notre Dame vs. Oregon

3:30 p.m. – BYU vs. Nebraska

3:30 p.m. – Mississippi State vs. UC Riverside

5:30 p.m. – UCLA vs. Texas A&M

5:30 p.m. – U San Diego vs. Arizona State

5:30 p.m. – Idaho State vs. Oregon

6 p.m. – Washington vs. Wisconsin

6 p.m. – Utah vs. UC Riverside

8 p.m. – USA Olympic Team vs. U. San Diego

8 p.m. – New Mexico vs. Arizona State

8 p.m. – Idaho State vs. Long Beach State

8:30 p.m. – Washington vs. Bethune-Cookman

8:30 p.m. – Wisconsin vs. San Diego State

February 22:

9:30 a.m. – Oregon vs. Northwestern

9:30 a.m. – Arizona vs. Auburn

9:30 a.m. – Texas A&M vs. UC Davis

9:30 a.m. – Missouri vs. New Mexico

10 a.m. – Oklahoma vs. Seattle

12 p.m. – Long Beach State Northwestern

12 p.m. – Cal vs. Missouri

12 p.m. – Wisconsin vs. UC Davis

12 p.m. – U San Diego vs. New Mexico

12:30 p.m. – Oklahoma vs. Washington

2:30 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Florida

2:30 p.m. – Cal vs. Nebraska

2:30 p.m. – Oregon State vs. Long Beach State

2:30 p.m. – Mississippi State vs. BYU

3 p.m. – UCLA vs. Wisconsin

5 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Notre Dame

5 p.m. – Washington vs. Nebraska

5 p.m. – Cal St. Fullerton vs. Utah

5 p.m. – Bethune-Cookman vs. BYU

5:30 p.m. – UCLA vs. Florida

7:30 p.m. – Cal St. Fullerton vs. Notre Dame

7:30 p.m. – Mississippi State vs. San Diego State

7:30 p.m. – Oregon State vs. UC Riverside

7:30 p.m. – Bethune-Cookman vs. U San Diego

8 p.m. – USA Olympic Team vs. Utah

February 23:

9 a.m. – UCLA vs. Auburn

9 a.m. – Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin

9 a.m. – Florida vs. Nebraska

9 a.m. – Seattle vs. Missouri

9 a.m. – Washington vs. Northwestern

11:30 a.m. – UCLA vs. USA Olympic Team

11:30 a.m. – Oregon State vs. Cal St. Fullerton

11:30 a.m. – Cal vs. New Mexico

11:30 a.m. – Seattle vs. Long Beach State

2 p.m. – Arizona State vs. Cal St. Fullerton

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