Softball to Open 2006 Season With Utah State and the Kajikawa Classic

Feb. 8, 2006

Tempe, Ariz. - The Arizona State Softball Team looks geared up and ready to showcase their talents this weekend as they kick off their 2006 season in Tempe as the Devils will take on UtahState Thursday night followed by six games in three days over the weekend as they host the Kajikawa Classic.


Thursday night's game will mark the inauguration of the Clint Myers era of ASU Softball as he will sit at the helm of the Devils for the first time.


ASU is returning seven starters and 14 letterwinners from their 2005 season which resulted in a 30-26 record and a NCAA Regional appearance for the Devils.


The Utah State Aggies finished their 2005 season with a 23-29 record and sixth in the Big East Conference and are returning six starters and 13 letterwinners under second-year coach Lonny Sargent


The all-time series between UtahState and ASU currently stands at 23-11 with the Sun Devils looking for win number 24 tomorrow night.


Before the start of Thursday night's game ASU will honor one of the greatest men in ASU Athletic history with a ceremony and presentation for William Kajikawa.


His contributions to Arizona State Athletics are innumerable as he began coaching in 1937 and has not stopped his support and contributions to the university since earning his the nickname of 'Mr. Sun Devil himself'


Bill Kajikawa is a name and man known by all in the ASU Athletic community and has been a steadfast supporter of every team that has graced the campus of ASU.


Kajikawa is the 'epitome of  what Sun Devil Athletics is about' and the ASU Softball Team and Clint Myers look forward to honoring him.


The Sun Devil Softball Team also has a 16-team tournament named after Bill Kajikawa this weekend where the Devils will play six games in three days against some of the best teams in the country.


The games are to be played at ASU's Farrington Stadium and the Tempe Sports Complex,

8401 S. Hardy Dr


The game against UtahState is set to start at 6 p.m. on Thursday at ASU's Farrington Stadium in Tempe with the Kajikawa Classic following on Friday through Sunday.

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