No. 8 Softball to Host Northwestern in Super Regionals

Softball | May 27, 2022

TEMPE, Ariz. – For the first time since 2018, No. 8 seed Sun Devil Softball (42-9) will play in the Super Regionals against No. 9 seed Northwestern (43-10) as Arizona State continues its post-season run with a trip to the Women’s College World Series down the line at Farrington Stadium.

The series between the Sun Devils and the Wildcats kicks off Friday night at 5 p.m. MST on ESPNU, followed by Game 2 on Saturday night at 8 p.m. MST on ESPN2. If a third game is needed, it will be played on Sunday with a time and network to be determined.

At each Super venue, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. Winners from each site qualify for the NCAA Women’s College World Series. WCWS takes place in Oklahoma City from June 2 through June 9/10.

This is the 11th super regional appearance in program history for ASU and they are one of five Pac-12 teams to earn a ticket to this weekend as the Sun Devils join the ‘Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona and No. 5 seed UCLA in the Round of 16. This is the 17th straight playoff appearance for ASU and the second time under the head coach. Trisha Fordalso Pac-12 Coach of the Year, who the team promoted to Super Regionals.

In the Tempe Regional, the Sun Devils had two wins over San Diego State and one win over Cal State Fullerton. In Game 1 against SDSU, ASU had a tie for most points scored in a postseason game en route to their 100th playoff victory. Also in that game against the Aztecs, the Sun Devils had eight runs in the first inning, which was the most runs scored in a single inning for Sun Devil softball in the playoffs.

In the Super Regionals, victory won on Sunday, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Cydney Sander achieved a major program milestone in total homers by reaching his 21st of the season, which set a record for most in a season for Arizona State.

In the Tempe Regionals’ opener against the CSUF Titans, it was a comeback win that featured a grand slam of Kristiana Watson to lead to the Sun Devils’ 40th win of the season, the first time to reach 40 or more wins for the Sun Devils since the 2018 season. Starting pitcher Mac Morgan had a career-high nine strikeouts in his 17th win of the season.

Fans can keep up with all the ASU softball news and action this weekend by following @ASUSoftball on Twitter and Facebook and @SunDevilSB on Instagram.

TEMPE SUPER TIME REGIONAL VS. NO.9 NORTHWEST SEED

Game 1 – Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. on ESPNU
Match 2 – Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 3 (if necessary) – Sunday May 29 at TBD

SIMPLE FACTS

  • Currently at 98 home runs per team this season, Sun Devil Softball has the opportunity this weekend to tie the team home run program record (99), which was last achieved in 2008.
  • ASU is looking to add to its all-time record of 10-5 against Northwestern in a streak that dates back to 1986. The two programs last met on Feb. 8, 2020 at the Kajikawa Classic where the Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 6-5 in Tempe.
  • Arizona State leads the conference in various batting categories, including: RBIs (335), walks (186), homers (98), and slapshots (64).
  • Cydney Sander was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the regular season and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and was also named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team and All-Freshman Team . His 21 home runs for the season not only lead the team but are the most in a single season for the program and his .424 batting average is the second most in the Pac-12 among conference teams competing this weekend. -end.
  • Yanni Acuna and Alynah Torres. Acuña’s batting average (.431) leads the conference among five Pac-12 teams competing in a Super Regional. Torres’ batting average of .350 is third on the team along with his slugging percentage (.713) and has been struck out just 10 times in 160 at-bats.
  • Acuña (.565) and Sanders (.555) continue to lead the conference in on-base percentages.
  • Mac Morgan leads the pitching staff in wins with 18, Marissa Schuld is the leader in strikeouts (82) and Lindsay Lopez leads the team and the conference in saves with six this season.
  • The NFCA announced that Lopez, Sanders, Acuña and Hill were all named to the Division I West All-Region first team while Torres was named to the second team.
  • Acuña and graduate third baseman Bella Loomis were named to the CoSIDA NCAA Division I District 8 U.S. Academic Team.
  • NFCA announced that Cydney Sander is one of the first three finalists for the Freshman of the Year award.