No. 9 Softball Hits the Road to Wrap Oregon Series

May 2, 2007

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This Week

The No. 9 Sun Devil Softball squad hits the road again this weekend as

they head to Oregon to resume Pac-10 play against the Oregon State

Beavers and Oregon Ducks. ASU will take on Oregon State on Friday,

May 4 at 3 p.m. and the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and Sunday May 5

& 6 at 1 p.m. for both games.

Series History

The Sun Devils will wrap up their regular season match-ups with the

Oregon State Beavers this weekend, coming into the weekend with a

61-25 overall series record against the Beavers since their

fi rst meeting

in 1977. This weekend's match-up will determine the winner of the 07'

series between the two.

In their

fi rst meetings of the 2007 season, the Sun Devils and Beavers

split a two-game series in Tempe, with OSU taking a 2-0 win from the

Devils before ASU stormed back to outlast them in an 11-inning battle

to win 8-7.

Last season against the Beavers, ASU snapped the Beavers' impressive

28-game winning streak in Corvallis on April 1, 2006 with a 3-2 win. The

Beavers returned to Tempe to split the two remaining games winning 3-

2 in the

fi rst game of a doubleheader on May 11 before dropping a 9-2

decision to the Sun Devils after. That wasn't their last match up of the

season though as the two teams went head-to-head in the 2006 College

World Series, with the Devils beating OSU 3-1 . Katie Burkhart struck

out 12 Beavers in the match-up with senior team captain Heidi Knabe

hitting her fourth home run of the season off Brianne McGowan.

Up Next

The Sun Devils will return home to

fi nish up their regular season hosting

the Washington Huskies and UCLA Bruins. The Sun Devils will take on

the Huskies on May 10 at 7 p.m. and the Bruins on the 11th and 12th

at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday's 1 p.m. game against UCLA will be

filmed

on tape delay by Fox Sports Net.

Non-Stop Until they reach the top

In the

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

in in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. The Sun Devils

have already enjoyed a new record in the rankings section

for this year as they attained their highest ranking ever with

a #2 ranking coming in Week 2 and continuing until Week

5. The ranking also marked the

fi rst time the Sun Devils

have ever surpassed the Arizona Wildcats in ranking and

only the second time they have passed UCLA (Last was in

2002.)

Rankings By Weeks: (NFCA/USA Softball)

Week 1 - 5/5

Week 2 - 2/2

Week 3 - 2/3

Week 4 - 2/4

Week 5 - 3/6

Week 6 - 3/6

Week 7 - 6/8

Week 8 - 7/9

Week 9 - 7/9

Week 10 - 8/10

Week 11 - 7/9

Week 12 - 7/7

Week 13 - 9/9

Leaders of the Pac

After thirteen weeks of play the Sun Devils have found themselves

at the top of the Pac-10. Not only do they lead the

Pac-10 in wins, the Sun Devils are also dotting their names

in both team and individual standings.

Pac-10 Team Offensive Standings:

Home Runs - FIRST (69)

RBIs - FIRST (321)

Runs Scored - FIRST (338)

Total Bases - FIRST (722)

Walks - FIRST (239)

Hits - FIRST (443)

Doubles - Second (62)

On-base Percentage - Second (.396)

Slugging Percentage - Third (.479)

Stolen Bases - Fourth (70)

Triples - Fourth (6)

Batting Average - Fifth (.292)

Pac-10 Team Defensive Standings:

Batters struck out - FIRST (518)

Doubles allowed - FIRST (22)

Opposing batting avg. - FIRST (.177)

Wins - FIRST (45)

ERA - FIRST (1.67)

Batters struck out looking - Second (142)

Triples allowed - Second (1)

Pac-10 Individual Offensive Standings:

Kaitlin Cochran:

Hits - FIRST (82)

Runs Scored - FIRST (62)

Total Bases - FIRST (146)

On-Base Percentage - FIRST (.623)

Batting Average - FIRST (.513)

Walks - FIRST (40)

Slugging Percentage - Second (.913)

Doubles - Second (15)

Home Runs - Third (15)

Triples - Fourth (2)

RBIs - Fourth (51)

Stolen Bases - Fourth (27)

Bianca Cruz:

RBIs - First (64) - New ASU Single-Season Record

Total Bases - Eighth (92)

Home Runs - Ninth (10)

Pac-10 Individual Defensive Standings:

Katie Burkhart:

Batters Struck Out - FIRST (381)

Opposing Batting Average - FIRST (.128)

Triples Allowed - FIRST (0)

ERA - FIRST (.94)

Doubles Allowed - FIRST (7)

Batters Struck Out Looking - Second (88)

Wins - Second (26)

Saves - Fourth (2)

NC-AATionally Famous

The Pac-10 isn't the only place that the Sun Devils' stats are appearing.

They are also among the top perfomers in the nation. According

to NCAA stats:

Kaitlin Cochran:

- Ranked

fi rst in batting average nationally (.513)

- Ranked

fi fth in slugging percentage nationally (.913)

- Ranked 17th in Runs Per Game (1.07)

Bianca Cruz:

- Ranked 12th in RBIs Per Game (1.12)

Katie Burkhart:

- Ranked sixth in ERA (0.94)

- Ranked sixth in strikeouts per seven innings (11.5)

- Tied for eighth in wins (26)

Team:

- Ranked 14th in Home Runs Per Game (1.17)

- Ranked 15th in ERA (1.67)

- Ranked 20th in Runs Per Game (5.73)

Sophomore Slump?

Sophomore First-Team All-American, Kaitlin Cochran has kicked

off her sophomore season the same way she did her freshman:

phenomenally. Some of her stats include:

Hits:

Current: 82 (Leads Pac-10...5 shy of ASU Single-Season Record)

Career: 165 -2 shy of 14th place in ASU Career History

2006: 83 total - 3 shy of ASU Single-Season Record

Doubles:

Current: 15 - 6th all-time in ASU Single-Season History

Career: 23 - 2 short of 10th place in ASU Career History

Triples:

Current: 2- (Tied for 2nd in Pac-10)

Career: 6 - 5 short of 7th place in ASU Career History

Home Runs:

Current: 15 (3rd in the Pac-10)

Career: 32 (Third in ASU Career Records)

2006: 17 (New ASU Single-Season Record)

This season alone, Kaitlin has had 18 two-hit games and nine

three hit games, as well as 14 games with two or more RBIs. Her

teammate, Bianca Cruz actually has 16 games with two or more

RBIs. Kaitlin's longest hitting streak in the 2006 season was 17

games, she hasn't matched it yet as her longest thus far in 2007

has been 11 games.

Team With a Dream:

While the 2007 Sun Devil Softball team is chasing the currently elusive NCAA title, they have other goals in

mind. In the 2006 season they broke almost every offensive record in ASU history, and they're looking to break

them yet again. Some of the records they are currently chasing and have already broken are:

Runs:

ASU Season Record: 307 - Set in 2006

Current total: 338 - New single-season record!

Doubles:

ASU Season Record: 82 - Set in 1999

Current total: 62

Home Runs:

ASU Season Record: 66 - Set in 2006

Current: 69 - New single-season record!

RBIs:

ASU Season Record: 285 - Set in 2006

Current: 321 - New single-season Record!

BB:

ASU Season Record: 228 - Set in 2006

Current: 239 - New single-season record!

Wins:

Record: 53 - Set in 2006

Current: 45

Shutouts:

Record: 24 - Set in 2006

Current: 16

Strikeouts:

Record: 666 - Set in 2006

Current: 518

Runs on First and Third?

This year the Sun Devil offense has had an af

fi nity for starting off ahead. The majority of their 338 runs scored

on the season have come in the

first and third (and fourth) inning, with a total of 71 runs scored in the first

and 59 in the third and fourth. They've also found themselves in trouble in the

fi rst though as opposing teams

have scored most of their 131 runs in the

fi rst inning with 25 runs scored.

Beat em' to the Scoreboard

So far this season, when ASU scores in the

fi rst inning, they've gone on to win 25 of the 26 games in which

they have. And for games that ASU draws

fi rst blood? They hold a 32-2 record.

Don't Call It A Comeback...

The Sun Devils have also proven that they aren't down and out when behind, as they hold an 13-11 record

for when the opposing team scores

fi rst and a winning record when trailing after one, two or three innings.

Same goes for when the are in a deadlock with their opponents, holding an edge in the record when tied in

the

fi rst through fourth inning.

Home Sweeeeeet Home

The Sun Devils have found their home at Farrington Stadium to be a welcome one. They currently hold a

26-2 overall record at home, as well as a 5-1 Pac-10 record.

Sun Devils to watch

The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected

its `Top 25 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. On the top

25 in the country list for this season are junior pitcher, Katie Burkhart, sophomore First-Team All-American,

Kaitlin Cochran and Senior third-baseman, Bianca Cruz. Burkhart and Cochran were also named to the

ESPN.com Pre-season All-American List.

Burkhart has also claimed Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors three times already this season, the

fi rst week

of the season and Cochran has claimed the award twice this season as well.

Burkhart was also named the USA Softball National Player of the Week this week on April 17 and the Louisville

Slugger/NFCA Co-National Player of the Week on April 18 for her efforts in the circle last weekend

against Cal and Stanford, pitching 16.2 scoreless (and nearly

fl awless with only two hits) innings.

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 53 (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

first winning record in Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-

10 after

finishing last the year before and being picked to finish last in the coaches pre-season poll.
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