UH Softball Releases 2020 Schedule
(Hawaii Athletics) - University of Hawai'i softball's head coach Bob Coolen has announced the 2020 schedule. This year's slate features 47 games plus an exhibition game against 25 different teams representing 11 different conferences from across the nation. Hawai'i will play 30 of those games at home—including four non-conference tournaments and playing three Big West Conference series at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hawai'i's schedule is highlighted by games against four teams that advanced to the 2019 NCAA tournament, headlined by Women's College World Series team, Minnesota of the Big 10 who finished the season ranked at No. 8 in the NFCA's final poll.
The Rainbow Wahine will open the season with the Paradise Classic which runs from Thursday, Feb. 6 - Saturday, Feb. 10. Coming to Honolulu to compete in the three-day tourney will be Iowa State, Memphis and Northern Colorado.
For the first time in two decades, Hawai'i will not be competing in UNLV's Desert Classic. Instead, the Rainbow Wahine will travel to Lake Elsinore, Calif. to compete in the Golden State Classic Tournament to take on Utah State, Army West Point, Sacramento State, Bradley and Loyola Marymount from Feb. 14-16.
Hawai'i returns to play three consecutive tournaments. But first UH will host an exhibition game against British Columbia on Wednesday, Feb. 19 before starting their 15-game homestand beginning with the five-day Hawai'i Invitational. The Rainbow Wahine will battle Iowa, Portland State and UMKC (Missouri Kansas City). The Invitational will run from Feb. 20-23.
Nevada, Oregon State and SeattleU will all be coming to Honolulu to compete in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament from Thursday, Feb. 27 - Sunday, March 1.
The 'Bows will then close out their non-conference portion of the schedule with the Rainbow Wahine Classic. Drexel, Minnesota and Texas Tech will all be making their way across the Pacific for the four-day tournament which runs from March 11-14.
Hawai'i will then begin Big West Conference play. This year, UH will have three home conference series (Cal Poly-April 3,4; CSUN - Apr. 17,18; and Cal State Fullerton - May 1-2). UH will play four series on the road (at UC Santa Barbara (Mar. 27-28); at UC Davis - Apr. 10,11; Long Beach State - Apr. 24-25; and at UC Riverside - May 8,9).
"Once again we will be playing a very competitive home schedule with the likes of Minnesota, Texas Tech, Oregon State to name a few participating in our home tournaments in February and March," says head coach Bob Coolen. "The teams we will be playing represent leagues from across the country. Our lone mainland tournament this season will be the Golden State Classic in Lake Elsinore, Calif. which is hosted by San Jose State."
The Rainbow Wahine return 12 players from last year's squad which finished second in the Big West with a 14-7 conference record and a 33-16 overall mark. The 2020 Rainbow Wahine are led by two-time NFCA all-West Region player Callee Heen who led the Big West with 15 home runs and 31 walks a year ago.
Conference break-down of 2020 schedule
American Athletic Conference - Memphis
Big Sky – Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, and Portland State
Big 10 – Iowa, Minnesota
Big 12 – Iowa State, Texas Tech
Colonial Athletic Conference – Drexel
Missouri Valley Conference – Bradley
Mountain West – Utah State, Nevada
Pacific-12- Oregon State
Patriot League - Army West Point
West Coast Conference - Loyola Marymount
Western Athletic Conference - UMKC, Seattle