No.2/3 Softball Heads West to Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 22, 2007
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
forfi 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 osubeavers.com.
Against the Illinois-Chicago Flames, the Sun Devils currently hold a 2-0
since theirfirst 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 thefirst 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 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 thefirst 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
finished ranked 6th in the country after posting an 53-15
overall record and advancing to the NCAA Women's College
World Series for thefifth time. The Sun Devils have now
made two consecutive postseason appearances and 20
since 1982, thefifth 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.
Out of the Gates
After only two weeks of play the Sun Devils are alreadyfinding
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 forfirst in triples (1), fourth in home runs (3),
andfirst 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, theirfirst winning
record in Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-
10 afterfinishing last the year before and being picked to finish last in
the coaches pre-season poll.