ASU has competed in the NCAA Tournament for 14 consecutive seasons but hasn’t made it through the regional tournament unscathed in five years.
This season, the Sun Devils finished 43-11 overall, 16-8 in conference play. The team proved their strength early on, handing No. 1 ranked Washington their first loss of the season back in March. In her second season at ASU, Head Coach Trisha Ford was just named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
The Sun Devils entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 8 seed, meaning they not only hosted the regional round, but Super Regionals will also be held in their hometown of Tempe, Ariz.
ASU swept through regionals, outscoring their opponents 18-1 over all three games. Perhaps the best part of the weekend was the championship game in which Arizona State faced Mississippi. The Sun Devils were knocked out of last year’s regional tournament by Ole Miss but left the Rebels stunned with a 9-0 loss this year.
ASU will face No. 9 South Carolina in the Super Regionals and will need to win the best-of-three series to advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma.
Four other teams from the Pac-12 have a running shot at the World Series, including Washington, Oregon, and UCLA who all have a top-5 ranking. During the regular season, the Sun Devils had a 4-5 overall record against these three teams.
This Sun Devil team has shown their strength and resilience more and more as the season progressed, proving they are nothing like last year’s team and definitely a force to be reckoned with.
They’ll face South Carolina at 11:00 ET Friday night in the first matchup of the best-of-three series.