Softball to Host 2022 Littlewood Classic
TEMPE- After hosting its first tournament of the season on opening weekend, No. 21 Arizona State will host the Littlewood Classic from Feb. 17-20. The Sun Devils will play five games where they will take on Minnesota, Portland State, Illinois State and UTEP in the four day span of the tournament.
ASU will kick off the tournament against Minnesota at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17. Then the Sun Devils will return to the field on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in a matchup with Portland State. On Saturday, there will be a doubleheader against Illinois State at 4:30 p.m. followed up by a second game against Minnesota at 7 p.m. To finish up the Littlewood Classic, ASU will take on UTEP on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
2022 Littlewood Classic Full Schedule
Arizona State vs. Minnesota- 6 p.m.
Illinois State vs. Cal- 9 a.m.
Illinois State vs. UTEP- 11:30 a.m.
Cal vs. Portland State- 2 p.m.
Minnesota vs. UTEP- 4:30 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Portland State- 7 p.m.
UTEP vs. Portland State- 9 a.m.
Cal vs. Portland State - 11:30 a.m.
Minnesota vs. Illinois State - 2 p.m.
Illinois Statte vs. ASU - 4:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. ASU - 7 p.m.
Illinois State vs. Portland State- 8 a.m.
Cal vs. Minnesota 10:30 a.m.
UTEP vs. Cal - 1 p.m.
UTEP vs. ASU - 3:30 p.m.
The Littlewood Classic was last played in Tempe back in 2020 during the abbreviated season where the team played just 29 games. Throughout that tournament, the Sun Devils swept the weekend where they outscored their opponents 36-8. Then-freshman Alynah Torres hit her fifth home run of the season in a 8-0 win over Boise State to sweep the tournament.
ASU went 3-2 in the tournament last weekend where the team has outscored its opponents 25-19, where Cydney Sanders leads the team with a .640 batting average after her collegiate debut over the weekend. The pitching staff had 36 strikeouts over the weekend, with Marissa Schuld having eight on Sunday against Missouri State.
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About the Littlewood Classic…
The classic is named in honor of Mary Littlewood, the founder and leader of ASU softball and the classic is in its 16th year. Littlewood was the founder and a staple of the majority of women's sports at ASU today. Littlewood was the first coach of ASU softball where she led the team for 21 years. She's one of just two coaches in program history to notch 500 career wins and led the team to back-to-back AIAW National Championships (before the program entered the NCAA) in 1972 and 1973. She had a winning season in each of the 21 years she was head coach from 1966-1989 and compiled a record of 551-222-1.