Fifth-seeded ASU will face No. 4 Texas and its senior pitcher Blaire Luna, who posted a no-hitter Sunday in the Longhorns’ super-regional victory against Florida State. With a win, the Sun Devils’ likely next opponent would be top seed Oklahoma.
Arizona State is making its 11th appearance in the Women’s College World Series, and seventh in eight seasons under head coach Clint Myers. ASU is 18-16 overall in the WCWS and 14-8 under Myers. Last season, the Sun Devils were eliminated in the WCWS semifinals by Oklahoma.
Texas (49-8) is in the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time in 17 seasons as a varsity program. The Longhorns are 5-0 in the postseason, beating Army once and South Carolina twice in regionals and Florida State twice in super regionals.
Texas’ 1.54 ERA is fourth in the nation, and its offense has hit a school-record eight grand slams and is led by senior Taylor Hoagland and junior Taylor Thom. Hoagland is hitting a team-best .433 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs, and Thom has a .388 average and leads the team with 15 homers and 65 RBIs.