PV College Challenge
Session 1 of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge will feature matchups you
would never expect to see in February – but this is no ordinary season-opening
tournament setting. The event will start with four games on Feb. 9, three of which
will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.
Nebraska and BYU (which played in the inaugural Puerto Vallarta event in
2015) launch the schedule (ESPN3, 10 a.m. CT). That game is followed by an
eye-opening rematch between NCAA defending champion Oklahoma and runner-
up Auburn (ESPNU), who tangled in three memorable games last June at
the Women’s College World Series. The final TV game on Feb. 9 again features
Auburn, as the Tigers face Washington (ESPN3).
Each team in Session 1 will play four games at the event; the schedule wraps up
Feb. 11 with Oklahoma taking on Washington at 3:30 p.m. CT.
Three teams (Oklahoma, Auburn, Washington) were Top 10 programs in last
year’s RPI standings after the regular season; Nebraska (No. 34) and BYU (No.
50) also had very strong campaigns and are expected to move up that list in
The inaugural Puerto Vallarta College Challenge was held in 2015, featuring the
teams from BYU, Nevada, Northern Colorado and Southern Illinois. Those were
the first fastpitch games in NCAA history played outside the United States.
As word spread about this unique softball setting, Triple Crown Sports and city
officials at Puerto Vallarta agreed in to pool resources and improve almost every
aspect of Nancy Almaraz Stadium, site of the event. While the tournament was
not held in 2016, there was enough time to complete the work on the stadium, as
well as contact more D-I fastpitch programs to build a dynamic 10-team field for
With its February placement, the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge offers programs
a warm-weather setting to help launch their spring schedules, while also
giving fans a chance to follow their favorite teams while enjoying a memorable
oceanside resort retreat and vacation.
Triple Crown Sports
Based in Fort Collins, CO., Triple Crown Sports has been producing events in youth athletics and the college ranks for morethan 30 years. TCS runs both the preseason and postseason WNIT basketball events and produces the men’s and women’s Cancun Challenge tournaments in November, which have been recognized by Sports Illustrated as a top-5 destination tournament for D-I basketball programs. TCS fastpitch tournaments (including the 1,000-team Sparkler/Fireworks event) draw thenation’s finest club programs, and hundreds of college coaches attend TCS events for recruiting purposes.