Yesterday it was ASU Hockey (74%) defeating the ASU eSports team's Twitter frenzy (26%) to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Here is how the bracket stands midway through the round of 16.
Today's matchup features an ASU baseball walk-off against the Sun Devils beating Arizona for the Territorial Cup Series for the second straight year.
On February 13, ASU baseball ushered in a new era. The Sun Devils moved away from historic Packard Stadium into the friendlier confines of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Not only was February 13 the first time the Sun Devils played a game at Phoenix Muni, it was the first game for new head coach Tracy Smith in maroon and gold.
The Sun Devils began the 2015 season hosting No. 5 Oklahoma State and former ASU assistant coach Josh Holliday. ASU struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single from Colby Woodmansee and an RBI double from Dalton Dinatale to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
The Cowboys answered with two runs in the top of the fifth and took a 3-2 lead the next inning when Kevin Bradley singled home Connor Costello.
That lead held until the bottom of the eighth when ASU tied the game at three on a Jordan Aboites RBI double. Ryan Burr threw a scoreless ninth and 10th frame and Woodmansee led off the bottom of the 10th with the game tied. On a 1-2 count, Woodmansee smashed a solo home run to left field to give ASU a 4-3 victory.
That game began a trend that the Sun Devils continued all season. ASU posted six walk-off victories this season and found themselves in tight contests all season.
Woody's walk off is one of two moments from the ASU baseball team in our 16-moment bracket. Our writers saw it as the No. 4 moment in ASU athletics this year, however it is up to the fans to see how far Woody's walk-off can go in the tournament.
Video below courtesy Doug Woodmansee and Pac-12 Digital Networks.
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.