No. 2 Softball Claims Highest Ranking Ever; Sets to Host Littlewood Classic
Feb. 14, 2007
Sun Devil History in the Making:
With the release of this week's NFCA and USA Softball Polls, for the first time ever ASU claimed its highest ranking as they were ranked second in both polls, beating their former highest rank of third in 2002. With the ranking came the first time in poll history that ASU has been ranked higher than it's in-state rival,
The No.2 Arizona State Sun Devil Softball team will continue its 2007 campaign
this weekend as they host the Littlewood Classic at Farrington Stadium.
The tournament will feature
For more information and schedules, please visit thesundevils.com .
History of the Littlewood Classic
From the beginning of Sun Devil Softball in 1967 to 1989, the founder and leader of ASU Softball was Head Coach, Mary Littlewood, who was a staple and founder of the majority of the women's sports at ASU today. Under Mary Littlewood, ASU won two championships and advanced to the College World Series nine times. Littlewood compiled a record of 551-222-1, with winning seasons each of her 22 years at the helm. The tournament is in its third year and is honored after the founder of Sun Devil Softball. Coach Littlewood will throw out the first pitch at ASU's first game Friday night.
Against the North Carolina Tarheels, the Sun Devils hold an edge of 4-0 all-time in series history, with their last meeting in 2001 ending in a 2-0 victory for the Sun Devils.
ASU also holds a 26-2 record over the Illinois State Redbirds, after meeting them and defeating them three times last season at the Littlewood Classic in
Against the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Sun Devils hold a 17-10 series lead also meeting them four times in the 2006 season, topping them in all four match-ups.
ASU will meet
In another perfect record for the Devils, ASU holds a 5-0 lead over UC Riverside since their first meeting in 1985, the last time the two met was in 2003 with the Sun Devils winning 16-0 in five innings.
The Sun Devils will hit the road for the first time in the 2007 season as they head to
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. Currently, the Pac-10 has seven of the eight teams ranked
in the top 25, with five in the Top-10 alone.
Non-Stop Until they reach the Top
In the first polls of 2006, the Sun Devils were ranked fifth in
in both the NFCA and USA Softball polls, before jumping to their highest ranking ever of No. 2 in both polls this week. Last year, the Sun
Devils finished 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 fifth time. The Sun Devils have
made two consecutive postseason appearances and 20
since 1982, the fifth most in NCAA history.
Sun Devils to watch
The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the
its initial 'Watch List' for the 6th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This
award, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in women's collegiate softball, is designed
to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Already
on the list for this season are junior pitcher, Katie Burkhart and sophomore First-Team All-American,
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 first winning record in
Pac-10 play since 1991, placing them fourth in the Pac-10 after finishing last the year
before and being picked to finish last in the coaches pre-season poll.