No. 10 Softball Ready To Dance With The Devil in the Pale Moonlight At Fourth Consecutive WCWS
May 27, 2009
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Softball squad (46-17 overall) will take their annual vacation to Oklahoma City, OK to bask in the sun at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in their fourth consecutive appearance, and eighth overall at the WCWS as they gear up to defend their 2008 NCAA Championship. Saddling up to the Sun Devils in the rest of the WCWS bracket are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Washington.
First up for the Sun Devils in the bracket are the Missouri Tigers, winners of the Los Angeles Super Regional. The Tigers and Sun Devils first tangoed in 1985 and have 13 times since, with ASU holding the 8-5 edge in the series history. The last time ASU and Mizzou met was in 2007 when ASU hosted the Tigers in the Pac-10 vs. Big XII Challenge in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils came out the victor in those meetings with 4-2 and 6-0 wins over the Tigers. All-time under Clint Myers, ASU is 2-0 against Mizzou.
Up next in ASU’s bracket are the Georgia Bulldogs, making their first-ever WCWS appearance. All-time against the Bulldogs, ASU is a perfect 2-0 since they first met in 1999. The last time the program met was long before Clint Myer’s took the helm, back in the 2001 season where in the third game of the season ASU mercy-ruled the Bulldogs 10-1 in five innings.
Last up in ASU’s side of the bracket is a familiar foe in Washington. All-time against the Huskies falls in favor of UW as they’ve compiled a 17-45 against ASU since 1993. This season in Pac-10 play the Huskies were able to get the better of A State taking two of the three. The Huskies took it to ASU in game one of the series with a 11-3 five inning shellacking and then squeaking out a walk-off 3-2 win in game two. ASU stormed back in the third game giving UW a tough outing with a 9-3 win in Tempe. All-time against the Huskies, Clint Myers is 7-5.
On the other side of the bracket lie a whole new set of obstacles, first being ASU’s other Pac-10 rival, Arizona. All-time against UA since 1971, ASU is 83-95 against the ‘Cats. This season UA flipped the switch on the Sun Devils as they swept ASU in the series, much like ASU did a year ago. All-time against the ‘Cats, big man Clint Myers is 5-8.
The Crimson Tide also pose a threat as they may want a shot at the defending champs as ASU may have seen them last season...twice... in the WCWS, where ASU won 3-1 in both outings. All-time against Alabama ASU is 4-4 since 1998. Clint Myers has a slightly more stable record of 2-0 on Bama.
The Florida Gators enter their second WCWS with the top-seeding in the tournament with everyone looking to take a shot at them, including ASU. After meeting earlier this season where ASU gave up an ugly seven unearned runs, the Florida Gators chomped at the bit, taking an 8-2 win from A State at the Cathedral City Classic. All-time ASU is 2-1 against Florida since 1998 with this season’s outing the only in Clint Myer’s history at the helm.
Last up is another foe that ASU would like to take another crack at in the Michigan Wolverines. The Sun Devils have already seen the Wolverines this year at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton where ASU couldn’t keep up with the MIchigan bats falling 7-3. While the meeting was the first for Clint Myers against the Wolverines, all-time ASU is an even 8-8 since 1988.