Next week House of Sparky will begin our "#SunDevilMoments" tournament, with the 16 best moments from the athletic season. This week we will randomly introduce all 16 moments, then reveal our seedings and match-ups next week, where you, the reader, will vote on what was the ASU athletics Moment of the Year
The Sun Devils were able to undisputedly claim the Territorial Cup Series win, 12.5-7.5, this year over rival University of Arizona to cap off a strong 2014-15 campaign for ASU athletics.
Arizona State managed to clinch the series on April 29, with women's and men's track still having yet competed, as a third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships for men's golf — in comparison to Arizona's ninth-place finish — increased the Sun Devils' advantage in the series to 10.5-7.5.
With the necessary points in hand, the Sun Devils earned their second consecutive clear-cut win over their rival for the cup.
The series is inclusive of 20 different sports:
- men's cross country
- women's soccer
- women's volleyball
- women's cross country
- men's basketball
- women's basketball
- women's swimming & diving
- men's swimming & diving
- women's golf
- men's golf
- women's tennis
- men's indoor track & field
- men's outdoor track & field
- women's indoor track & field
- women's outdoor track & field
- sand volleyball
ASU athletics earned its 12.5 points claiming victories in men's cross country, women's cross country, women's soccer, men's golf, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's indoor track, women's tennis, as well as a season split in basketball.
Softball contributed to the series win by taking two of the three-game series despite having to travel down to Tucson.
Baseball also aided in the effort by taking three of five against the Wildcats, including two wins in the home comfort of Phoenix Municipal Stadium and one on the road at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. The first win came thanks to a ninth-inning walk-off single from outfielder Jake Peevyhouse.
Men's basketball split the season series, despite getting steamrolled in the first game of the two-game series against their heralded and, at the time, No. 6-ranked rival. For the second straight year, the Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats at Wells Fargo Arena, winning 81-78.
On the other hand, women's basketball swept the season series, bowling over Arizona by finals of 88-41 and 71-54.
Women's tennis swept the Wildcats when they came to visit Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe on Senior Day, winning 7-0.
History of the Series
The Territorial Cup Series officially began six years ago.
Arizona won the first three installments of the rivalry:
- 2009-10: 10.5, 7.5
- 2010-11: 11.5, 6.5
- 2011-12: 12.5, 5.5
In 2012-13, the two schools split the series, 9.5 points each. Arizona State contends that they won the series that year because the Sun Devils finished above the Wildcats in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup final standings, which was considered the tiebreaker.
The Sun Devils undeniably won the 2013-14 series, 11.5-8.5. With the 12.5-7.5 victory this year, Arizona State has won two or three straight Territorial Cup Series trophies, depending on your point of view.
We saw the upset as the 13th best moment from the ASU athletic season, however it will be up the readers to see how far this moment goes in our #SunDevilMoments bracket.