Arizona State Softball to Host 2022 NCAA Regional Tournament

Arizona State junior outfielder Alynah Torres (40) returns home after hitting a home run against Utah at Farrington Stadium.

For the first time since 2011, Arizona State’s No. 8 softball won the Pac-12 championship. ASU won the conference’s automatic bid for the 2022 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament and will host an NCAA regional tournament beginning Friday.

ASU is seeded No. 8 and will open against Cal State Fullerton (26-20) Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tempe’s regional field also includes LSU (34-21) and San Diego State (37-14). If ASU moves forward, it will host a super regional.

ASU is one of seven Pac-12 teams in the 64-team field announced Sunday.

The last time ASU won the Pac-12 title, the Sun Devils won the national championship. ASU made a tear in conference play with 20 wins, the most in program history.

ASU (39-9, 20-4 Pac-12) won the series against No. 10 Washington on Saturday and took the title outright in a 5-2 victory. Pac-12 of the Year freshman winner Cydney Sanders hit two home runs in the final game to tie the single-season record of 20 home runs.

The Sun Devils went deep 89 times in the regular season and were ranked fifth in the nation in home runs per game (1.93).

ASU had eight different players named to all-conference teams, and head coach Trisha Ford was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time.

The other eight seeds in order are Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, UCLA and Alabama.

Other Pac-12 teams hosting a region are No. 5 UCLA and No. 13 Washington. Oregon (31-17) plays at No. 3 Virginia Tech, Stanford at No. 7 Alabama and Oregon State at No. 11 Tennessee.

Grand Canyon won its first-ever NCAA bid after winning the WAC championship on Saturday in a 6-4 win over Stephen F. Austin. The Lopes (39-14, 19-5) will play host UCLA (43-8) on Friday.

Arizona (33-20) will play Illinois (34-20) at the Columbia Regional hosted by Missouri on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The best of three super regionals will be played May 26-29 and the winners will advance to the Women’s College World Series, June 2-9 in Oklahoma City.

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