Softball Hosts Eastern Michigan on Wednesday and the Louisville Slugger Triangular This Weekend
March 1, 2005
ON TAP: The Arizona State University softball team (11-3) will continue its busy schedule (seven games in five days) as they host Eastern Michigan (0-0) in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday, March 2 with the first game starting at 5:00 p.m. The Sun Devils will then host the Louisville Slugger Triangular (March 4-6). ASU holds a 7-0 all-time record against EMU.
LS TRIANGULAR NOTES: In addition to ASU, San Diego State (11-5) and Southern Utah (1-5) will be competing in the three-day triangular ... ASU is 25-7 all-time against SDSU and 4-0 all-time against Southern Utah.
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.
DEVIL NOTES: ASU leads the Pac-10 in saves (4) and doubles allowed (3) ... the pitching staff's 1.11 ERA is third-best in the conference and the teams 101 strikeouts is fourth-best ... five of ASU's 11 wins have been shutouts ... after this weekend's triangular, ASU heads out on the road for their annual 11-day, two tournament trip to Sunnyvale, Calif. (NIST) and Fullerton, Calif. (KIA Klassic) ... ASU will also play Loyola Marymount in a doubleheader between tournaments.
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