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ASU Best Teams: No. 8 2008-09 WBB vs. No. 9 2013 Softball

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Two top eight finishes

Photos from Sun Devil Athletics and AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 6 2012 Softball beat No. 11 2014-15 WBB in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 8 2008-09 WBB vs. No. 9 2013 Softball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 8 2008-09 WBB

Record: 26-9, Reached Elite Eight

Head coach: Charli Turner-Thorne

Notable players: Briann January, Danielle Orsillo

The rundown: Led by Briann January, the 2009 WNBA Draft sixth overall pick, ASU after being bounced out in the second round of the NCAA tournament the year prior reached the Elite Eight for the second time in three years. The Sun Devils reached the Elite Eight for the second time in team history where they ran into and were ran over by the powerhouse UConn. ASU may have come up short in the tournament, but the 26 wins are still tied for third-most in team history.

No. 9 2013 Softball

Record: 50-12, Reached Women’s College World Series

Head coach: Clint Myers

Notable players: Dallas Escobedo, Cheyenne Coyle

The rundown: The 2013 was the last of the Myers era and the excellent run the program had in the late 2000s. ASU finished second in the conference with the only two losses being to Utah and Arizona. The excellent regular season run into another postseason with an undefeated Tempe regional against San Jose State and Georgia. They moved onto the WCWS after the a win over Kentucky in the Super Regional. The Sun Devils went 0 for 2 in Oklahoma City against Texas and Michigan. It was the last season before a handful of coaching changes for the program.

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