No. 18/20 Softball Hosts No. 2/2 Arizona, Oregon and No. 16/15 Oregon State
April 4, 2005
ON TAP: Another busy and tough week awaits the No. 18/20 Arizona State University softball team (26-9, 1-2 Pac-10) as they host No. 2/2 Arizona (28-3, 2-1 Pac-10) on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. ASU will then host Oregon (22-10, 2-1 Pac-10) on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. and No 16/15 Oregon State (24-6, 3-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m.
SERIES NOTES: UA leads the all-time series 86-72 ... ASU last defeated UA on March 16, 2002 ... ASU leads the all-time series against Oregon (34-31) and Oregon State (55-22) ... last season, ASU lost the series to UA (0-3), won the Oregon series (2-1) and dropped the Oregon State series (1-2).
DEVIL NOTES: ASU was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-10 Conference race ... ASU leads the Pac-10 in saves (4), doubles (40) and is second in strikeouts (253) ... the pitching staff's 1.02 ERA is fourth-best in the conference ... 14 of ASU's 26 wins have been shutouts, tied for third in the Pac-10 ... 14 of ASU's 15 players have at least one double ... opponents are batting .142 with runners in scoring position ... ASU is out scoring its opponents 45-10 in the first two innings.
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 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, ASU will face a top-25 team nearly every time out. Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-18, including Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 7. In non-conference play in 2005, the Pac-10 holds a 178-43 (.805) mark. 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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