The Sun Devils take on the highly touted Texas Longhorns in the Super Regional this weekend. Will ASU be able to pull off a big road series victory? After the season they've had, it would be well deserved. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
We've been here before, playing an elite baseball school in order to get to Omaha and the College World Series.
Texas and Arizona State clash again in the 2011 postseason, this time facing off in the Super Regional. Hosting the series will be the Longhorns, who went 47-16 during the season and through the regional.
The last time the Sun Devils and Longhorns met in the postseason, it was 2009. Mike Leake and the Devils were unable to defeat Texas in two tries. Just in case you wanted a refresher on these painful memories, head on over to SB Nation's Texas blog.
Enough of that, right? Lets focus on current events.
Texas got a scare from Kent State during the Austin Regional, losing to the Golden Flashes before beating them twice in elimination games to advance to the Super Regional.
ASU nearly was tripped up by an upstart New Mexico Lobos team last Friday, but Joey DeMichele delivered a game-winning three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel the Sun Devils to victory.
The Devils defeated Charlotte and Arkansas by a combined score of 29-5 to close out the Tempe Regional last weekend.
Arizona State has dealt with a lot of adversity during the 2011 season, not knowing they'd be postseason eligible until the final weekend of the regular season. While talented, no one can tell how successful this team would have been without the postseason ban hanging over their heads.
With the Sun Devils now able to focus solely on the task of winning baseball games, we can finally catch a glimpse into the true potential of this team.
The Sun Devils are catching Texas at a good time, one week after highly regarded starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann (13-1, 1.40 ERA) was lit up by Kent State for seven earned runs. It was his first loss of the season, and provided important game tape on how to beat his tough fastball.
ASU will likely put Brady Rodgers on the mound on Friday, with Kramer Champlin toeing the rubber on Saturday. Here's the game schedule for the Super Regional:
Friday, 6/10: 4:00 PM Pacific time. TV: ESPN
Saturday, 6/11: 4:00 PM Pacific time. TV: ESPN
Sunday, 6/12: 4:00 PM Pacific time. TV: ESPN2 (if necessary)
Remember, all games will be broadcast over the internet on ESPN3.com, so it should be pretty easy to follow your Devils this weekend.