SAN FRANCISCO— The race for the 2022 Pac-12 Championship ended on the final day of the regular season as No. 10 Arizona State clinched this year’s title after earning the series-deciding victory over No. 8 Washington. (5-2) Sunday, May 14. As Pac-12 regular season champions, the Sun Devils will receive the Conference’s automatic offer for the 2022 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament.
Arizona State finished the season leading the Conference standings (39-9, 20-4 Pac-12) with a winning percentage (.883), the most conference wins in program history. The Sun Devils are crowned league champions for the first time since 2011 and the third time overall. The last time the Sun Devils were crowned league champions, they won the national championship the same year.
In the latest USA Today/NFCA DI coaches poll, Arizona State is ranked No. 10, just behind conference foes No. 6 UCLA and No. 8 Washington. Arizona State’s roster produced a total of eight student-athletes on the Pac-12 all-conference team, while freshman Cydney Sander declared Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Head Coach Trisha Ford was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Prior to the final series, Sanders led all Pac-12 freshmen in batting average (.425), slugging percentage (.950), on-base percentage (.557), runs scored (45), RBI ( 52), circuits. (17), total bases (114) and steps (34). Arizona State led the Conference in doubles (76), doubles per game (1.65), home runs per game (1.93), on-base percentage (.427), scoring (6.89) and as a slugging percentage (0.631).
The Pac-12 currently has four programs ranked in the top 25, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Washington, No. 10 Arizona State and No. 22 Oregon while Stanford and Oregon State receive votes.