Softball Hosts Hawai'i and The Littlewood Classic
Feb. 14, 2005
ON TAP: It will be a busy week for the Arizona State University softball team (5-0) as they host Hawai'i (5-2) in a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday, February 16 at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. The Sun Devils will then host the four-team Littlewood Classic, Friday, February 18 -- Sunday, February 20 at Farrington Stadium. ASU will open the classic on Friday against Illinois State (6-2) at 5:00 p.m. and Iowa (3-1) at 7:00 p.m.
LITTLEWOOD CLASSIC NOTES: The classic is named after ASU legendary softball head coach Mary Littlewood, who coached for 19 years (1971-1989) and amassed 536 wins ... all games will be played at ASU's Farrington Stadium ... other teams competing in the classic include Illinois State, Iowa and Long Island (0-0) ... ASU holds a 22-2 all-time record against ISU and a 14-8 mark against Iowa ... ASU and Long Island will meet for the first time.
DEVILS ON THE WEB: All of ASU's 29 home games at Farrington Stadium will be available via LiveStats on ASU's home website at www.thesundevils.com.
TOUGH SCHEDULE/TOUGHER CONFERENCE: As in any season, Arizona State will face many of the nation's top teams and traditionally holds a high RPI. Last year, ASU played 29 games (nearly half of all their games) against top-25 teams, while 16 games were against top-10 competition. This year is no different as ASU will play several non-conference/Pac-10 regular-season games against nationally-ranked teams. Within the toughest conference in the nation, the Pac-10, ASU will face a nationally-ranked team every time out. All seven Pac-10 opponents are ranked in the top-16, including the No. 1, 2 and 3 ranked teams and four of the nation's top-6. Additionally, The Pac-10 placed seven of its eight squads in the NCAA Tournament last season, with three teams advancing to the WCWS. For the fourth consecutive year (11th time overall), two Pac-10 teams squared off in the National Championship game, giving the conference its 17th title and fourth straight.
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