Well, Arizona State softball has officially done it! With a sweep through the Tempe Super Regionals, they have secured a spot in the Oklahoma tournament for the first time since 2013.
The Sun Devils eliminated No. 9 South Carolina in just two games, outscoring them 10-4. ASU’s biggest attribute has been their powerful offense. The Sun Devil lineup came out swinging, scoring first in both matchups.
Throughout the postseason, there has been an unexpected intensity coming from the ASU lineup. In every single game, the team has gotten on the scoreboard first, winning two games with shutouts. The Sun Devils continually shocked the nation with their powerhouse lineup throughout the regular season, but never in such a fashion as the way they’re showcasing themselves this postseason.
With South Carolina now out of the way, ASU prepares for No. 1 ranked Oregon. Although this will be no easy matchup for ASU, the Sun Devils faced the Ducks in early April. ASU lost the series 1-2 but won the final game with a shutout.
Furthermore, Oregon has struggled more than expected through the postseason so far while ASU has done nothing but stun. Ducks junior ace Megan Kleist had a 0.92 ERA before facing Kentucky, where she was pulled after just 4.2 innings. Should the Sun Devils face Kleist in their World Series matchup, they will need to jump on her early to set the tone in their favor.
Coming into the World Series, Arizona State’s biggest advantage is their familiarity with the other teams. In their bracket, ASU is one of three Pac-12 teams, the others being Washington and Oregon. UCLA is also in the tournament but in a separate bracket.
Should ASU win their double elimination bracket, they will face the champion of the Bracket 2 in a best-of-three series for the National Champion title.
The Devils are set to face Oregon Thursday at 12:00 ET.