No.2/3 Softball Heads West to Palm Springs Classic

Feb. 22, 2007

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This Week

The Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team continues their 2007

campaign this weekend as they head westwards to the Palm

Springs Classic, hosted by Oregon State University. Some of the

premier names in softball will be participating including Tennessee,

UCLA, Arizona, and Northwestern. The Sun Devils are slated


fi ve games this weekend. Friday, February 23, the Sun Devils

will take on the University of Illinois-Chicago at 3:30 p.m. and Ole

Miss at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday the 24th, ASU is set to face #7/12

Northwestern at 6:00 p.m. and Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m. And

to wrap the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 25th the Sun Devils will

face-off with Long Island University at 1 p.m. For more information

and schedules, please visit


Series History

Against the Illinois-Chicago Flames, the Sun Devils currently hold a 2-0

since their

first and only meetings in 1991, where they played a two game

series to open the 1991 season. ASU won 1-0 and 8-3.


The Sun Devils will also see a new opponent this weekend as they face

the Ole Miss Rebels for the

first time.


Against the Northwestern Wildcats, ASU is currently 5-3 since they first

faced off in 1986. Their last meeting came in the 05' season and saw

ASU edge the `Cats 1-0.


ASU also holds a rare tie with Oklahoma State in series history. Since

1981, ASU and OK State have beaten and lost to each other six times

apiece. Their last meeting in 2002 saw ASU beat the Cowgirls 1-0.


The Sun Devils are a flawless 2-0 against Long Island, with their first

meeting in 2005 ended in a 14-0 wn for the Devils and their most recent

meeting in 2006 in NCAA Regionals ending in a 6-0 win in favor of

the Devils.


Up Next

The Sun Devils return home next weekend as they host their third tournament

of the season, the Wilson/DeMarini Classic, featuring UCSB,

Creighton, Houston, North Florida and Utah Valley State at ASU's Farrington

Stadium March 2-4.


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. Currently, the Pac-10 has all eight teams ranked in the

top 25, with three in the Top-10 alone.


Non-Stop Until they reach the top

In the

first polls of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked fifth

in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. Week Two saw

them jump up to No. 2, while this week saw ASU remain

#2 in the NFCA poll and slip to #3 in the USA Softball Poll,

despite being undefeated at 13-0. Last year, the Sun Devils


nished ranked 6th in the country after posting an 53-15

overall record and advancing to the NCAA Women's College

World Series for the

fifth time. The Sun Devils have now

made two consecutive postseason appearances and 20

since 1982, the

fifth most in NCAA history.


Sun Devils to watch

The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial 'Watch List' for the 6th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

Already on the list for this season are junior pitcher, Katie Burkhart and sophomore First-Team All-American, Kaitlin Cochran. The pair was also named to the Pre-season All-American List.


Out of the Gates

After only two weeks of play the Sun Devils are already


themselves at the top of the Pac-10. Leading in wins, the Sun

Devils are also dotting their names in individual standings. Kaitlin

Cochran is currently second in batting average (.537), third

in slugging percentage (.927),

first in on-base percentage (.578),

ninth in runs scored (10),

first in hits (22) and RBIs (18), second

in doubles (5), tied for

first in triples (1), fourth in home runs (3),


first in total bases with 38.

Katie Burkhart is no slouch on the mound either as she leads the

Pac-10 in ERA (.65), batters struck out looking (16), wins (7) and

runs allowed (5). She is also only two K's behind the strikeout

leader with 78 total on the season.

On offense, ASU is leading the Pac-10 in batting average (.362),

on-base percentage (.452), runs scored (89), hits (118), RBIs

(88), doubles (21), triples (3), and total bases (184).

On defense, ASU is leading the Pac-10 in batters struck out (125),

wins (13), doubles allowed (2) and triples allowed (0).


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, their

first winning

record in Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-

10 after

finishing last the year before and being picked to finish last in

the coaches pre-season poll.

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