No. 2/4 Softball Hosts Wilson/DeMarini Tournament; Schedule Changes Made
March 1, 2007
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.
The Sun Devils hold the series lead against the Creighton Jays 5-2
since theirfi 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 afi 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 thefi rst time this weekend.
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 thefi 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 Devilsfi nished ranked 6th 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 now made two consecutive postseason appearances
and 20 since 1982, thefi fth most in NCAA history.
out of the gates
After only three weeks of play the Sun Devils are already
finding 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), andfi rst in total bases with 50.
Katie Burkhart is no slouch on the mound either as she is
fifth 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, 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 to fi nish last
in the coaches pre-season poll.