PV College Challenge
Session 2 of the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge is a chance to watch
some of the true up-and-coming college softball programs get their rosters
sharpened for an exciting year to come.
On top of that, the geographical mix within Session 2 gives each team some
unique flavor for their schedule. Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State will test
their mettle against Eastern forces Mississippi State and Florida Gulf Coast,
with Texas Tech also taking advantage of this opportunity.
Fans can watch as many as four games on Feb. 16 and 17; the event kicks
off with Fresno State playing Mississippi State at 10 a.m. CT on the 16th.
Each team gets to play five games at Nancy Almaraz Stadium; the last game
scheduled is on the 19th, with Texas Tech taking on Fresno State.
All of these programs are working in talented athletes from the freshman
ranks; several teams closed the 2016 regular season with impressive resumes
– the RPI standings had Fresno State at No. 21, Cal State Fullerton at
No. 25, and Mississippi State at No. 39.
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
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 2017.
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.