2023 Mark Campbell Collegiate Invitational

Mark Campbell Invitational 2023 Schedule, College Softball Teams At Event

Mark Campbell Invitational 2023 Schedule, College Softball Teams At Event

The Mark Campbell Invitation enters its second year, with highly anticipated college softball match-ups between heavy-hitters like Oklahoma, Stanford.

Jan 31, 2023 by Joe Harrington

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The college softball season begins with a series of highly anticipated preseason tournaments that will help craft many teams' Women’s College World Series expectations. 

While February ends with a much anticipated OU softball vs. UCLA at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, the season will begin with a series of big events across the country. 

The week of Feb. 9 features some of the biggest preseason tournaments of the season in THE Spring Games Opening Weekend in Leesburg, Fl., the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico and the first look at the preseason No. 1 team in the country, Oklahoma, at the Mark Campbell Collegiate Invitational in Irvine, Calif. 

The Mark Campbell Invitational debuted last year with a star-studded lineup of college programs, and its second year follows suit. 

Here’s what to know about the Mark Campbell Invitational. 

When Is The Mark Campbell Invitational Softball Event?

The Mark Campbell Invitational is Feb. 9-12. 

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Where Is The Mark Campbell Invitational?

The softball event is in Irvine, Calif. at DeAnna Manning Stadium at Bill Barber Park. 

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Who Is Playing At The Mark Campbell International?

The field features seven teams: 

Are There Any Ranked College Softball Teams Playing At The Mark Campbell Invitational?

Yes. D1 Softball's preseason No. 1 team, Oklahoma, is in the field, but that’s not the only ranked team. 

No. 11 Stanford, No. 21 Washington and No. 22 Duke are also playing.

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How To Watch The Mark Campbell Invitational?

FloSports will live stream every game at the Mark Campbell Invitational. 

What Is The Mark Campbell Invitational Schedule?

Thursday, Feb. 9 (All Times In EST)

  • Duke Vs. Washington, 1 p.m. 
  • LMU Vs. Stanford, 3:45 p.m. 
  • Duke Vs. Oklahoma, 6:30 p.m. 
  • Liberty Vs. Oklahoma, 9:15 p.m. 

Friday, Feb. 10

  • SJSU Vs. Duke, 12 p.m.
  • SJSU Vs. Washington, 2:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Vs. Duke, 5 p.m.
  • Liberty Vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. 
  • Stanford Vs. Oklahoma, 10 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 11

  • Liberty Vs. SJSU, 1 p.m.
  • Stanford Vs. SJSU, 3:45 p.m.
  • Stanford Vs. Duke, 6:30 p.m.
  • Washington Vs. Oklahoma, 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12

  • Stanford Vs. Liberty, 12:30 p.m.
  • San Jose Vs. Oklahoma, 3 p.m.

What To Know About OU Softball Vs. Stanford?

The event’s top matchup, according to the preseason rankings, will be Taire Jennings and the Sooners facing Stanford, which was one of the nation’s best fielding teams in 2022. Stanford senior Sydnee Huff was one of the best fielders in college softball in 2022 when she committed just three errors in 201 chances and turned 11 double plays with 101 assists. 

Jennings is the preseason favorite to win national player of the year after a historically successful freshman and sophomore season with the Sooners. 

Since 2004, the Sooners and the Cardinal have played three times with Stanford holding a 2-1 record over OU. The two programs have not played since 2013, when Oklahoma won 6-0. 

Who Was Mark Campbell?

Mark Campbell was a police officer and detective who also became a successful high school and travel ball softball coach in California. He co-owned the successful OC Batbusters program. Campbell died in 2019.