Softball Competes at The Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 23, 2005
ON TAP: After rain cancelled three more games in Tempe, the Arizona State University softball team (7-2) will try another part of the country as they head out on the road for the first time this season, travelling to Palm Springs, California to compete in the Palm Springs Classic (Feb. 25-27).
Friday, Feb. 25
10:30 a.m. Arizona State vs. Long Island (Finley Field)
1:00 p.m. Arizona State vs. Bethune-Cookman (Finley Field)
Saturday, Feb. 26
5:30 p.m. Arizona State vs. Northwestern (DesMoines Field)
8:00 p.m. Arizona State vs. Notre Dame (Yankee Field)
Sunday, Feb. 27
11:30 a.m. Arizona State vs. Kansas (DesMoines Field)
PALM SPRINGS NOTES: This is the first time ASU will play in the classic ... Oregon State is the host ... 24 teams, including five Pac-10 teams will compete in the round robin format ... the classic will take place at the Big League Dreams Sports Park in Cathedral City, Calif. ... the playing fields are built as scaled-down replicas of famous major league stadiums.
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-22, including the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 ranked teams and five of the nation's top-12. 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.
Complete Softball Release Above in PDF Form.