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ASU Best Teams: No. 5 2009 Women’s Golf vs. No. 12 2005 Baseball

A national champion amidst adversity; and College World Series 3rd-place finishers

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 5 1995 Women’s Golf vs. No. 12 2017-18 MBB in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 5 2009 Women’s Golf vs. No. 12 2005 Baseball

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 5 2008-09 Women’s Golf

Pac-12 Champions, NCAA West Champions, NCAA Champions

Head coach: Melissa Luellen

Notable players: Azahara Munoz, Carlota Ciganda, Jaclyn Sweeney

The rundown: Head Coach Melissa Luellen took the Sun Devils to their seventh national title among a tumultuous season in 2008. Then-Assistant Coach Missy Farr-Kaye was diagnosed with breast cancer in the July before the season’s start. A Golf Digest article chronicled her bout with the recurrence of cancer, and the pink ribbons ASU golfers attached to their bags. Senior Azahara Munoz, the defending NCAA Individual Champion, finished tied for fourth in the tournament. Munoz finished the season with a 71.72 stroke average, and was named the Pac-10 Scholar of the Year, First Team All-Pac-10, an ESPN Magazine All-American and a Golfweek First Team All-American.

No. 12 2005 Baseball

Record: 43-25, 3rd at CWS

Head coach: Pat Murphy

Notable players: Jeff Larish, Joey Hooft, Travis Buck, Colin Curtis

The rundown: Led by Travis Buck’s .382 average and Jeff Larish’s 23 home runs, the Sun Devils hosted a Regional in 2005 to defeat East Carolina and Coastal Carolina before defeating the defending-national champions Cal State Fullerton at Super Regionals. In Omaha, the team fell to Nebraska in the first round, then took down Tennessee and came back against Nebraska, only to fall in the semifinals against Florida. ASU finished with the second-most players on the CWS All-Tournament team (four) second only to the national champion Texas’ six.

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