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 sundevils.com. Series History Since 1982, the Sun Devils have compiled a
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 sundevils.com.
Since 1982, the Sun Devils have compiled afl 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.
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 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. 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
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.
Leaders of the Pac
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
(.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) andfi 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
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.