#4 Softball Heads Back to Pacific Northwest for Washington Showdown to Conclude Season
SEATTLE, Wash. - After taking the series during senior salute last weekend against now No. 6 UCLA, No. 4 Arizona State (37-8, 18-3 Pac-12) will travel to take on No. 11 Washington (34-13, 13-8 Pac-12) for its final conference series of the season. The first of three matchups against the Huskies will begin on Thursday at 7 p.m. MST on Pac-12 Network.
The following two games will be on Friday at 5 p.m. and then on Saturday at 1 p.m. with both games featured on the Pac-12 Network.
After Sunday's win, the Sun Devils have 18 conference wins under their belt. This is the third time in program history reaching the feat as it happened during the Women's College World Series run in 2008 and again in 2012.
Sun Devil Softball will travel to Seattle for the first time since the 2019 season as they look to take their first series over the Huskies since the 2018 season when ASU took two of the three games at Farrington Stadium.
On Monday, junior pitcher Lindsay Lopez was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after her two starts and wins she picked up over top Pac-12 opponent UCLA. It was the Sun Devils' first series win over the Bruins since 2015.
In the series opener on Friday, Lopez struck out seven, allowed only one walk and run to win the first game of the series. Following up Friday's performance, she got the start in the circle in Sunday's pivotal win where she forced 11 ground outs, seven fly outs and struck out one batter in 76 pitches.
Junior Alynah Torres continues to remain a dominant force in the leadoff spot for ASU as she got things started in the this past weekend's series with a lead off home run, her fifth time this season with a homer to start the game for her team. Junior Jazmine Hill, one of five Sun Devils to reach double digits in home runs, helped ASU rack up six runs on Friday night against the Bruins with a two-run homer.
True freshman Cydney Sanders and senior Yanni Acuña continue to lead the Sun Devil offense in batting with both of them having batting averages of above .400. Acuña and Sanders both played integral roles in Sunday's walkoff win as Acuña doubled in the bottom of the seventh while Sanders was intentionally walked.
Fans can keep up with all the news and action of ASU softball this weekend and the rest of the season by following @ASUSoftball on Twitter and Facebook and @SunDevilSB on Instagram.
PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS
- If ASU picks up one more win this weekend, they clinch at least a share of the Conference championship regardless of UCLA's results this weekend. If ASU picks up two wins against Washington, they will win the Conference championship outright. In either of these scenarios, ASU would get the NCAA AQ.
- For UCLA to clinch at least a share of the Conference championship, they will need to go 3-0 against Cal with ASU losing two games to Washington. UCLA could win outright if they go 3-0 vs. Cal while ASU goes 0-3 against Washington. UCLA only gets the NCAA AQ if they win outright, not if they are co-champions.
Below are the Conference regulations that apply in this situation:
a. Championship Determination.
The team with the highest won-lost percentage during Conference play shall be the Conference champion and shall represent the Conference in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. If that percentage is shared by more than one team, a co-championship shall exist. (6/92)
(1) Championship Ties.
In the event of a percentage tie for the Conference championship, the following procedure shall be used to determine the Conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. (6/92, 10/01)
(a) The regular-season Conference record of each of the tied teams against the other team(s) with which it is tied shall be determined. The team with the best record in this competition shall participate as the Conference's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. If a team is eliminated as a result of this procedure and a tie still exists, this procedure shall be reapplied to the remaining tied teams. (10/01, 10/02)
- Sun Devil Softball is 31-0 when scoring more than six runs this season and lost just one Pac-12 game at Farrington Stadium throughout the season.
- Five Sun Devils have 10 or more home runs on the season. (Yanni Acuña, Jazmine Hill, Alynah Torres, Jazmyn Rollin and Cydney Sanders).
- ASU is 4th in the nation in home runs per game with an average of 1.98 per game.
- The Sun Devils are fourth in the nation in team on-base percentage (.432) and are third in team slugging percentage (.642), as that stat is first in the Pac-12.
- ASU is first in the Pac-12 in on-base percentage, in home runs (89) and are tied for first in hits (422).
- The Sun Devils are 11th in the country in team batting average with a .328.
- Sanders and Acuña are 2nd and 4th, respectively, in the Pac-12 in batting average. They are also 1st and 2nd, respectively, in on-base percentage in the Pac-12.
- True freshman Cydney Sanders leads the Sun Devils with 17 home runs. She also leads the team with 53 RBIs. Sanders' slugging percentage of .950 is second in the conference and is fourth in the country.
- In the circle, Lindsay Lopez leads the Sun Devils with a 1.56 ERA, is second on the team in strikeouts with 66 and has allowed the fewest earned runs of the season on the team with 21.
- Yanni Acuña and Cydney Sanders to USA Softball's Top 25 Finalist List for the 2022 College Player of the Year.
Game 1: Thursday 5/12 7:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | Pac-12 Network
Game 2: Friday 5/13 5:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | Pac-12 Washington
Game 3: Saturday 5/14 1:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | Pac-12 Arizona
USA Softball/ESPN.com - 4
NFCA/USA Today - 8
Softball America - 5
D1 Softball - 5