On Sunday afternoon, in the midst of a 31-9 blowout loss to USC, the Arizona State Sun Devils found out they would not be hosting a regional. Monday morning, the Sun Devils learned their postseason fate and with no west coast teams hosting a regional, ASU will travel east to begin the postseason.
The Sun Devils were selected as the No. 2 seed in the Fort Worth Regional and will play No. 3 seed Gonzaga on Friday. They join the host TCU and No. 4 seed Oral Roberts in the Forth Worth Regional.
Should the Sun Devils advance to Super Regionals, they would play the winner of the College Station Regional with host Texas A&M.
"We're 0-0, everybody's batting average is .000," Smith said following Sunday's game. "We want to look at this regional and not try to go in and just win a game."
The Sun Devils are making their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after being ineligible for postseason play in 2012.
ASU has been eliminated in regionals three straight years, including in Fullerton twice. The Sun Devils have not made it to Super Regionals since 2011 and they have not made it to the College World Series since 2010.
The Sun Devils finished with a 34-21 record and tied for third with Arizona in the Pac-12. ASU finished with the same record it did with in 2015, despite losing two starting pitchers, a dominant closer and their entire outfield. ASU also started the season 4-8 in conference play before winning six straight series.
"That is one of the most overachieving, highest performing, team oriented teams I have ever been apart of," Smith said. "I'm thrilled that we are going to be in postseason because I'm not going to lie to you, I probably didn't see it coming."
(Note: The above quote comes after Smith discussed all the shortcomings on the mound such as ASU losing Hever Bueno for all but six innings this year and Andrew Shaps for the entire season on top of starting 4-8 in conference play.)
ASU and Gonzaga are scheduled to meet at 12 p.m. PT and the game will be televised on ESPN3.
EDIT: Here is the bracket for the Forth Worth and College Station Regionals.