We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 1 1965 Baseball beat No. 12 2005 Baseball in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 6 2012 Softball vs. No. 7 1978 Baseball.
Here’s the current bracket:
No. 6 2012 Softball
Record: 53-11, Reached Second Round of WCWS
Head coach: Clint Meyers
Notable players: Katelyn Jones, Alix Johnson, Amber Freeman
The rundown: Led by Katelyn Jones(.419 avg), Alix Johnson(.395) and the lights-out pitching duo of Hillary Bach(22-1) and Dallas Escobedo(24-8), ASU followed up a Pac-10 and WCWS Championship season with another successful year. The Sun Devils were eliminated in the semifinal round of 2012 WCWS to No. 4 Oklahoma who would then go on and lose to No.2 Alabama in the finals. ASU had one player, Amber Freeman, make the All-Tournament team. The Sun Devils ended the season ranked third in the nation in RPI according to the NCAA.
No. 7 1978 Baseball
Record: 56–12 (15–3 WAC) Runner-up at the College World Series
Head coach: Jim Brock
Notable players: Bob Horner, Hubie Brooks
The rundown: Jim Brock’s team finished an outstanding season and headed into the NCAA Tournament as the second overall seed. Bob Horner led the way in his final season as a Sun Devil with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs, with Hubie Brooks right behind him with 82 RBIs. The team beat St. John’s, Oral Roberts and Miami (FL) before falling to USC twice in Omaha.
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