ASU softball will begin the road to Oklahoma City Friday in Oxford joining Ole Miss, North Carolina and Southern Illinois. Here’s a breakdown of the teams.
ASU softball completed a successful first regular season under new head coach Trisha Ford as Arizona State finished with a 30-20 season.
The Sun Devils, after being ranked for the majority of the season, were named to the Oxford Regional joining the 12th-overall seed Ole Miss Rebels, North Carolina Tar Heels and Southern Illinois Salukis.
A common theme among these teams is their ability to get on base as all three teams boasts one of the highest on-base percentages in their respective conferences.
Another theme is that all of these teams are battle-tested having played multiple games against NCAA Tournament teams, including Ole Miss as the SEC got every team into the field of 64.
Luckily, Arizona State has been battled tested too as the Pac-12 got eight of their nine teams into the NCAA Tournament, with five of those teams earning a national seed.
“I don’t think there is any better preparation than playing in the Pac-12,” Ford said in a press release, “I like where our team is mentally and I think they are confident. They know that they can go into any situation and they are prepared.”
This season Arizona State played 15 Tournament-bound teams, including seven teams who earned a national seed.
Arizona State is more than prepared for the competition level in the NCAA Tournament.
On paper this appears to be one of the hardest Regionals in the NCAA Tournament which should make for an exciting weekend in Oxford.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the three other teams in the Oxford Regional.