NCAA Softball Tournament History: ASU, 2011 National Champions

Arizona State's ace, Dallas Escobedo, looks to write the next chapter in her Sun Devil legacy this weekend against Louisiana. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday, we took a look at the 2008 Arizona State softball team, who took home ASU's first softball national title.

Now, we look back one year ago at the 2011 ASU squad, who ran roughshod all over their competition en route to a 60-6 overall record.

Freshman pitcher Dallas Escobedo was phenomenal from the onset of the year, collecting a 35-3 record with a tiny 1.51 ERA. Escobedo struggled with her control at times during her first season as a Devil, but played with poise and confidence when it mattered most.

The Sun Devils entered postseason play as the #1 overall seed with a 50-6 record. They lived up to the lofty expectations, going 10-0 in the 2011 NCAA Softball Division I Championship, culminating in a 7-2 victory over the Florida Gators to take home ASU's second national title in four years.

First-Team All-American junior Katelyn Boyd led the team with a .429 batting average while Annie Lockwood slugged 19 home runs over the course of the season. First baseman Mandy Urfer was a key contributor on both national championship teams, finishing and ending her ASU career on top of the mountain.

The 2011 ASU softball team was also one of the first Sun Devil teams to be represented with the new pitchfork logo on national television broadcasts. It was a sign of great things to come for the future of Arizona State athletics. Can the 2012 softball team build on the momentum against Louisiana?

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