No. 5 Softball Opens 2007 Season With Doubleheader and Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 8, 2007
The Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team will open its 2007 campaign
this weekend as they kick off Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.
with a doubleheader against the Northwestern State Demons at
Farrington Stadium. The Sun Devils will then host the Kajikawa
Classic at both Farrington Stadium and Tempe Sports Complex.
The Tourament will featurefi ve of the eight 2006 Women's College
World Series teams with a rematch of the 2006 Championship
game of #1 Arizona and #4 Northwestern on Saturday,
February 10 at 3:30 p.m. at ASU's Farrington Stadium. The Sun
Devils will wrap up each day with games at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday night and at 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
All of ASU's games will be played at Farrington Stadium. For
more information and schedules, please visit thesundevils.com.
History of the Kajikawa
Since the beginning of ASU Softball in 1966, ASU has hosted
an annual tournament. From 1966-1990, it was named the `Sun
Devil Invitational', which found its name changed in 1991 to the
Coca-Cola Classic. It remained that until 1999 when the name
changed yet again to the `Fiesta Bowl Tournament'. Six years later
in 2005, the name was changed for afi nal time to the `Kajikawa
Classic', after 'Mr. Sun Devil' himself, Bill Kajikawa, a legendary
coach and founder of Sun Devil athletics. Kajikawa, 93, still attends
as many ASU Athletic events as possible, including several
The Sun Devils will see a new opponent in theirfi rst match-up of the
season as they take on the Northwestern State Demons from Louisiana.
Last season, the Demons went 28-32 overall and 12-13 against fellow
Southland Conference opponents.
Against the Syracuse Orange, the Sun Devils are a perfect 3-0 since
theirfi rst meeting in 2004. The last time the two met was last season at
the Kajikawa Classic with ASU winning 13-2 infi ve innings.
In their 40th meeting since 1976, ASU holds a 33-6 all-time record
against the New Mexico Lobos, with their last meeting at the 2006 Kajikawa
Classic ending in a 3-2 win for the Sun Devils.
ASU is also afl awless 3-0 all-time against the Wisconsin Badgers, with
theirfi rst meeting in 1996 and their last meeting at last year's Kajikawa
Classic ending in a 5-0 win for ASU.
The Sun Devils and the Western Michigan Broncos have locked horns
eight times since 1986 with ASU leading the all-time series 6-2. Their
last meeting was in 2004 with the Devils barely edging the Broncos 1-0
in eight innings.
Coming into their 12th meeting against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the
Sun Devils lead the series which started in 1990 8-3. Their last meeting
saw the Sun Devils fall 6-3 in 2004.
Since 1983, the Sun Devils have faced off with the Long Beach State
49ers 13 times for an overall record of 5-7-1, with the series lead held
by Long Beach. Their last meeting was in 2002 with the Devils barely
edging the 49ers 1-0 in eight innings.
The Sun Devils remain home next weekend as they host their second
tournament of the season, the Littlewood Classic, featuring North Carolina,
Illinois State, Iowa, Idaho State and UC Riverside.
Where they Stack up
As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules
in the country, with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference
schedule. This year, Pac-10 has seven of the eight teams ranked
in the top 25, with six in the Top-10 alone.
Non-Stop Until they reach the top
In thefi rst polls of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked fi fth in
in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. Last year, the Sun
Devilsfi nished ranked No. 6 in the country after posting an
53-15 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Women's
College World Series for thefi fth time. The Sun Devils have
made two consecutive postseason appearances and 20
since 1982, thefi fth most in NCAA history.
At the Helm:
Head Coach Clint Myers enters his second season as the leader of Sun Devil Softball
after a 2006 campaign that saw the Sun Devils set offensive records in: wins
with 47(former record was 46 set in 2002), runs with 307 (former record was 294
in 1996), home runs 66 (former record was 45 set in 2003), RBIs with 285 (former
record was 259 in 1996), walks with 228 (former record was 180 in 2000) and
strikeouts pitched with 666 (former record was 415 in 2004 and 1999). The 2006
team also recorded an 11-10 record in conference play, theirfi rst winning record in
Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-10 afterfi nishing last the year
before and being picked tofi nish last in the coaches pre-season poll.
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