No. 3 Softball To Host Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge

March 8, 2007

This Week

The Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team will host their fourth

tournament of the 2007 season which will see the Pac-10 face

off with the Big XII in the battle of conferences as Washington

and ASU take on Texas Tech and Missouri. The tournament will

run March 9-11 with Both Pac-10 teams facing both Big XII teams

Friday and Saturday before entering a playoff round on Sunday.

For a full tournament schedule please scroll to the end of this release

or visit the ASU Softball home page on the

Series History

Since 1982, the Sun Devils have compiled a

fl awless 5-0 series history

over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Their last match-up in 2004 saw ASU

take the win 3-0.

Against Missouri the Sun Devils are nearly neck-and-neck as ASU holds

a slim 6-5 series history record over the Tigers. The last meetings in

2004 saw them split a two-game series 1-1 with both teams run ruling

each other. ASU winning 8-0 in the fi rst match-up, and the Tigers 10-1

in the next.

Up Next

The Sun Devils hit the road for only the second time on the season as

they take off for Fullerton, Calif. to compete in Cal State Fullerton's Judi

Garman Classic March 15-18. Before heading into pool play the Sun

Devils will face off against Notre Dame, Fresno State and Louisiana-


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 two 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. Last 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. Currently

after suffering their second loss, the Sun Devils are now

holding a #3 and #6 ranking in the polls. Last year, the Sun


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.

Leaders of the Pac

After only three weeks of play the Sun Devils are already


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

(.514), second in slugging percentage (.829),

fi rst in

on-base percentage (.585),

fi rst in runs scored (26), fi rst in

hits (36), third in RBIs (23), and in doubles (6) and

fi rst in

total bases with 58.

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

fouth in the Pac-10 in ERA (1.09), fouth in batters struck out

(116), fourth in batters struck out looking (25), sixth in wins

(9) and third in runs allowed (11).

On offense, ASU is second in the Pac-10 in batting average (.329), slugging percentage (.533), on-base

percentage (.432) and doubles (31). The Sun Devils lead the Pac in runs scored (152), hits (193), RBIs

(147), home runs (27) and total bases (313).

On defense, ASU is leading the Pac-10 in opposing batting average (.182), wins (22) and doubles allowed

(7) and batters struck out looking (54).

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.

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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