Texas softball to play in the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge
Longhorns will play outside of the U.S. for the first time with trip to Mexico over Feb. 15-18, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas softball program is scheduled to participate in the 2018 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge over Feb. 15-18 at Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, according to a Thursday release.
With their visit to the event, the Longhorns will be playing softball outside of the U.S. for the first time in program history.
The tournament, hosted by Triple Crown Sports, will feature a 10-team field split into two five-team sessions between Feb. 8-10 (Session One) and Feb. 15-18 (Session Two). Session One will include Georgia, James Madison, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech and Nevada, while the Longhorns will participate in Session Two alongside Ole Miss, Oregon, Rutgers and Houston.
Games for each session are set to begin on Thursday with the event wrapping up action on Saturday afternoon. Official game times and match-ups will be announced on Wed., Aug. 9.
Texas is coming off a 2017 campaign that saw the squad go 33-26 overall with an eventual berth in the championship round of the NCAA College Station Regional.
The inaugural Puerto Vallarta College Challenge was held in 2015, featuring BYU, Nevada, Northern Colorado and Southern Illinois. After a year break for improvements to Nancy Almaraz Stadium, the 2017 tournament included: (Session One) Auburn, BYU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Washington; (Session Two) Cal State Fullerton, Florida Gulf Coast, Fresno State, Mississippi State and Texas Tech.
Based in Fort Collins, Colo., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the collegiate ranks for more than 30 years, establishing a national footprint with destination-friendly tournaments in baseball, fastpitch softball, volleyball and basketball.
Fan Travel & Ticketing Information: Teams will be staying at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort with all games played just a five-minute walk away at Nancy Almaraz Stadium. Fan packages are available through the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort including four-, five- and six-night stays that also include game tickets. Admission is also available without a hotel package for $30 per day or $75 for a full tournament pass.
footnote: Spy covered an ISF tournament won by USA a few years ago. Accident at intersection. Learned that if you have the $300,000 Hertz collision insurance, you are automatically guilty.
Taken to jail. Fortunately the American coach spoke Spanish and went with me to a side room. Police wanted to examine my passport case which I had not opened in years. Pam looked in and found three passports, all with my picture but different names. She handed the USA civilian passport to the cops. Eventually I was freed. The Hertz car had been towed from the scene with fender damage. Later Hertz informed me that the Mexican police had no idea what happened to the car. One cop told me the car probably went directly to a chop shop.