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ASU Best Teams: No. 2 1969 Baseball vs. No. 7 2006 Softball

Bats, balls and gloves

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We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. ASU Best Teams: No. 5 1962-63 MBB beat No. 4 1995-96 Men’s Golf in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 2 1969 Baseball vs. No. 7 2006 Softball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 2 1969 Baseball

Record: 56-11, (15-3 WAC), Won College World Series

Head coach: Bobby Winkles

Notable players: Larry Gura, Paul Powell, Billy Cotton

The rundown: In ASU’s last of the trio of championships in the 1960’s, Winkles club was led by senior pitcher Larry Gura. With a 19-2 record, he recorded a 1.01 ERA. Between the MLB Draft and the secondary phase, the team had four first round picks. The Sun Devils lost their opening College World Series game to Texas before winning five straight to secure their third title.

No. 7 2006 Softball

Record: 53-15, Reached Women’s College World Series

Head coach: Clint Myers (First year)

Notable players: Kaitlin Cochran and Katie Burkhart

The rundown: Under first-year head coach Clint Myers, the Sun Devils took their first steps in becoming a softball powerhouse. ASU finished the year ranked 6th in the country. The squad’s win total improved by 23 games compared to 2005 and started a streak of three straight College World Series appearances. Cochran (in her first year) secured the Pac-10 batting title en route to being named Pac-10 “Newcomer of the Year” along with being awarded First team Pac-10 and First-team All-American. In the College World Series, the 6th seeded Sun Devils defeated Oregon State before falling to 8 seeded Tennessee 3-1 in the second round.

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