No. 7 Softball To Lock Horns With No. 3 Arizona For Annual 'Duel In The Desert'
March 31, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Softball squad (31-4 overall) is ready to kick the 2010 season into a higher gear as they set to host third-ranked and in-state rival, Arizona in their annual ‘Duel In The Desert’. The series will count toward the State Farm Territorial Cup Series as the winning school will add a point to their current standings. Games this weekend will be on Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Tempe at Farrington Stadium. Friday and Saturday’s games are sold out with standing-room only remaining while Thursday night’s game still has about 200 tickets remaining.
The series history between the Sun Devils and the ‘Cats is a long one as it’s gone on for 31 years since 1971. In that time the two foes have met up 178 times. While the Arizona Wildcats MAY have more national titles and hold the series edge with 95 wins to ASU’s 83, it’s always interesting to note that in the first decade of match-ups, ASU held a 46-10 record in those 10 years with ASU winning the first 11 matchups.
The Sun Devils hit the road for only the second time next weekend as they take on the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles at the legendary Easton Stadium.
Non-Stop Until They Reach the Top
Since Clint Myers took the reigns on the Sun Devil program, the Sun Devils have set numerous new records in the rankings department, which looks to only continue in the 2010 season. Thus far:
Rankings By Weeks: (NFCA/ USA Softball)
Preseason - 5/7
Week 1: 5/7
Week 2: 7/10
Week 3: 9/10
Week 4: 8/10
Week 5: 7/10
Week 6: 8/11
Week 7: 7/10