For the first time in 2012 the Pacific softball team will play at home in the friendly confines of Bill Simoni Field as the Tigers come back to host the 2012 Louisville Slugger Invitational. The Tigers will welcome three teams to Stockton as Pacific brings in Delaware, Sacramento State and No. 3 Washington for the three day tournament that goes from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4. The teams will play a round-robin format to begin the festivities before heading into seeded championship play to determine an invitational winner. For full tournament coverage go to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Invitational page.
In addition to the play at the invitational, the Tigers will have two special events during the weekend's activities to honor those who have both played for and those who have supported Pacific softball.
Friday, March 2 - 5:30 pm
at Pacific's home openerThe Tigers will officially dedicate the scoreboard at Bill Simoni Field to the family of Don and Thelma Stewart. The Stewart family's generous donation to Pacific softball enabled the Tigers to improve Bill Simoni Field with a brand new scoreboard for the 2012 season.
Saturday, March 3 - 12:00 pm
Honoring two of Pacific's all-time greats, the Tigers will be retiring the jerseys of #2 Gina Carbonatto (2004-07) and #9 Cindy Ball (1999-02). The ceremony for the two players will take place prior to the Tigers matchup with Washington at the Louisville Slugger Invitational.
Prior to coming home, the Tigers spent the first three weeks of the season on the road with their most recent excursion taking place in the desert for the Cathedral City Classic. Playing in one of the toughest tournaments in the country, the Tigers found their championship form as the team went an impressive 4-1 over their three day stint. Pacific picked up impressive victories over No. 21 Oklahoma State (5-0) and No. 14 Texas A&M (2-0) during its play at the tournament to reestablish themselves among the nation's best. For their play at the tournament, the Tigers put themselves back into the national consciousness as Pacific picked up votes for the first time in 2012 in the ESPN.com/USA SFT Top-25 Poll.