No. 5 Softball Opens 2007 Season With Doubleheader and Kajikawa Classic

Feb. 8, 2007

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This Week

The Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team will open its 2007 campaign

this weekend as they kick off Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m.

with a doubleheader against the Northwestern State Demons at

Farrington Stadium. The Sun Devils will then host the Kajikawa

Classic at both Farrington Stadium and Tempe Sports Complex.

The Tourament will feature

fi ve of the eight 2006 Women's College

World Series teams with a rematch of the 2006 Championship

game of #1 Arizona and #4 Northwestern on Saturday,

February 10 at 3:30 p.m. at ASU's Farrington Stadium. The Sun

Devils will wrap up each day with games at 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. on

Friday and Saturday night and at 11:00 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

All of ASU's games will be played at Farrington Stadium. For

more information and schedules, please visit


History of the Kajikawa

Since the beginning of ASU Softball in 1966, ASU has hosted

an annual tournament. From 1966-1990, it was named the `Sun

Devil Invitational', which found its name changed in 1991 to the

Coca-Cola Classic. It remained that until 1999 when the name

changed yet again to the `Fiesta Bowl Tournament'. Six years later

in 2005, the name was changed for a

fi nal time to the `Kajikawa

Classic', after 'Mr. Sun Devil' himself, Bill Kajikawa, a legendary

coach and founder of Sun Devil athletics. Kajikawa, 93, still attends

as many ASU Athletic events as possible, including several

softball games.

Series History

The Sun Devils will see a new opponent in their

fi rst match-up of the

season as they take on the Northwestern State Demons from Louisiana.

Last season, the Demons went 28-32 overall and 12-13 against fellow

Southland Conference opponents.

Against the Syracuse Orange, the Sun Devils are a perfect 3-0 since


fi rst meeting in 2004. The last time the two met was last season at

the Kajikawa Classic with ASU winning 13-2 in

fi ve innings.

In their 40th meeting since 1976, ASU holds a 33-6 all-time record

against the New Mexico Lobos, with their last meeting at the 2006 Kajikawa

Classic ending in a 3-2 win for the Sun Devils.

ASU is also a

fl awless 3-0 all-time against the Wisconsin Badgers, with


fi rst meeting in 1996 and their last meeting at last year's Kajikawa

Classic ending in a 5-0 win for ASU.

The Sun Devils and the Western Michigan Broncos have locked horns

eight times since 1986 with ASU leading the all-time series 6-2. Their

last meeting was in 2004 with the Devils barely edging the Broncos 1-0

in eight innings.

Coming into their 12th meeting against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the

Sun Devils lead the series which started in 1990 8-3. Their last meeting

saw the Sun Devils fall 6-3 in 2004.

Since 1983, the Sun Devils have faced off with the Long Beach State

49ers 13 times for an overall record of 5-7-1, with the series lead held

by Long Beach. Their last meeting was in 2002 with the Devils barely

edging the 49ers 1-0 in eight innings.

Up Next

The Sun Devils remain home next weekend as they host their second

tournament of the season, the Littlewood Classic, featuring North Carolina,

Illinois State, Iowa, Idaho State and UC Riverside.

Where they Stack up

As always, the Sun Devils will play one of the toughest schedules

in the country, with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference

schedule. This year, Pac-10 has seven of the eight teams ranked

in the top 25, with six in the Top-10 alone.

Non-Stop Until they reach the top

In the

fi rst polls of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked fi fth in

in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls. Last year, the Sun


fi nished ranked No. 6 in the country after posting an

53-15 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Women's

College World Series for the

fi fth time. The Sun Devils have

made two consecutive postseason appearances and 20

since 1982, the

fi fth most in NCAA history.

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 47(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

fi rst winning record in

Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-10 after

fi nishing last the year

before and being picked to

fi nish last in the coaches pre-season poll.
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