No. 2/4 Softball Hosts Wilson/DeMarini Tournament; Schedule Changes Made

March 1, 2007

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This Week

The Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team continues their 2007

campaign this weekend as they return home to host the Wilson/

DeMarini Tournament March 2-4. The tournament features the

Creighton University Jays, Houston Cougars, Utah Valley Ospreys

and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. For a full revised tournament

schedule please scroll to the end of this release or visit the

ASU Softball home page on the sundevils.com.

Series History

The Sun Devils hold the series lead against the Creighton Jays 5-2

since their

fi rst meeting in 1980. In their last meeting in 1998, the Jays

topped the Sun Devils 4-3.

Versus the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara, the Sun Devils hold an 11-3

lead with their last meeting in 1991 resulted in a

fi ve-inning 10-1 win

by the Sun Devils.

The Sun Devils will meet both the Houston Cougars and the Utah Valley

State Ospreys for the

fi rst time this weekend.

Up Next

The Sun Devils remain home next weekend to host their fourth tournament

of the year as they hold the Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge, which

features Pac-10 foes ASU and Washington versus Big XII members Texas

Tech and Missouri. The tournament will run March 9-11 with a playoff

on Sunday, March 11.

Shaking Up the System

un This weekend's tournament has already been altered due to a massive

snowstorm in Nebraska, which prohibited Creighton from arriving

in Tempe until possibly Saturday night. They Jays are not slated to compete

until Sunday against the Gauchos and the Ospreys. The Sun Devils

will face the Jays next Wednesday for Field Trip day at 11 a.m.

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

fi rst polls of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked fi fth

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

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

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

despite being undefeated at 13-0. This week even after a

loss to Northwestern, the Sun Devils remained No. 2 in the

NFCA Poll and slipped to No. 4 on the USA Softball Poll. Last

year, the Sun Devils

fi 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

fi fth time. The Sun

Devils have now made two consecutive postseason appearances

and 20 since 1982, the

fi fth most in NCAA history.

out of the gates

After only three weeks of play the Sun Devils are already

fi

nding 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 leading in batting average

(.545), second in slugging percentage (.909),

fi rst in

on-base percentage (.603),

fi rst in runs scored (18), fi rst in

hits (30), second RBIs (19), second in doubles (6), seventh

in home runs (4), and

fi rst in total bases with 50.

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

fi

fth Pac-10 in ERA (1.09), fi rst in batters struck out (116),

second in batters struck out looking (25), and wins (9) and

fourth runs allowed (11).

On offense, ASU is second in the Pac-10 in batting average

(.335), on-base percentage (.518),

fi rst in runs scored

(113), hits (152), RBIs (111), doubles (23), and total bases

(235), as well as second in home runs with 18.

On defense, ASU is leading the Pac-10 in batters struck out (174), wins (17) and doubles allowed (3).

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

ESPN.com Pre-season All-American List.

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

fi rst winning record in Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth

in the Pac-10 after

fi nishing last the year before and being picked to fi nish last

in the coaches pre-season poll.

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