No. 10 Softball To Face-Off against North Dakota State in Tempe Super Regional
May 21, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Softball squad (44-17 overall, 10-11 Pac-10) will face-off against the North Dakota State Bison this weekend with a trip to their fourth consecutive WCWS on the line as well as their title defense of their 2008 NCAA Championship. Game one will be played Friday, May 22 at 4 p.m. with Game Two on Saturday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. with Game Three following shortly after if necessary. All games will be played in Tempe at Farrington Stadium.
Series History & Scouting Report
The North Dakota State Bisons may prove to be a tougher opponent than some may realize as they are one that ASU hasn’t faced yet in their 42 years of competition. Part of the reason being that NDSU wasn’t too long ago a D2 program...and a good one at that, as they held the title of NCAA D2 Champions. The Bison enter this weekend with a record of 38-18 overall on the season with an ace in Ani Padilla in the circle with an amazing 1.99 ERA and a 26-10 record, which is strangely similar to one Hillary Bach’s 28-9 record....
In the batter’s box for the Bison, leading the way is Melissa Chmielewski with a .355 average and 14 doubles with 10 home runs for an amazing .591 slugging percentage proving the Bison are definitely something to write home about.
Should the Sun Devils advance past this weekend, they will head to their eighth overall and fourth consecutive (a program record) Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK with games starting May 28.