March 6, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State softball hosts its fourth and final home tournament, in the Diamond Devil Invitational which begins on Friday. Head coach Clint Myers has 398 wins with the Sun Devils and will look to capture his 400th this weekend at Farrington Stadium.
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Friday vs. UC Davis 4:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Blaze Radio
Friday vs. Pittsburgh 7 p.m. | Live Stats | Blaze Radio
Saturday vs. Pittsburgh 4:30 p.m. | Live Stats | Blaze Radio
Saturday vs. New Mexico State 7 p.m. | Live Stats | Blaze Radio
Sunday vs. Notre Dame 2 p.m. | Live Stats | Blaze Radio
**Sunday March 10 is Daylight Savings. The Tempe area of Arizona does not change the clocks, rather we will switch to the Pacific Time zone.
.@thesundevils Sunday is Jr. Sun Devil Club Day! Diamond Devil Invitational with five ASU games, fun for the family or outing with friends!-- ASU Softball (@ASUSoftball) March 7, 2013
UC Davis - ASU leads 3-0 since 2005. Last Meeting: ASU won 10-8, 3/7/2008
Pittsburgh - first meeting
New Mexico State - ASU leads 30-6 since 1972. Last Meeting: ASU won 13-5 (6), 3/11/12
Notre Dame - ASU leads 10-2 since 1995. Last Meeting: Rain out, 3/17/12
Last time out the Sun Devils went 5-1 over the weekend, dropping its first loss of the season for a record of 21-1 entering the Diamond Devil Invitational. Junior outfielder Alix Johnson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Tuesday, her first conference weekly nod of her career. Johnson hit a team-best .750 at the plate, scored 12 runs, had nine hits and three homers.
As a team, ASU is hitting .365, which is tops among Pac-12 schools. The Sun Devils are second in team pitching, with a 1.45 ERA behind starters Mackenzie Popescue (0.83 ERA, 9-0) and Dallas Escobedo (1.90 ERA, 11-1, 120 strikeouts). The pitching staff now has four athletes active and with at least three appearances under their belts.
ASU's hitters also pace the conference in several categories: Runs (Coyle, 1st, 28); RBI (Coyle, 3rd, 26); Doubles (Caporuscio, 1st, 7); Home Runs (Coyle, 4th, 8). As a team, Arizona State hit five home runs against North Dakota on Feb. 28, boosting the season team total to 37 homers. At the dish ASU has had 12 games with double-digit hits from the offense, which is also helping in out-scoring opponents 214-91 so far.
Clint Myers is on his way to collecting his 400th win with Sun Devil softball. Myers ranks second among Division I winningest active coaches with a .814 win percentage. He only trails behind in-state rival Mike Candrea of Arizona. In win/loss percentage since Myers joined Arizona State, 2006, the skipper is third, also with a .814 win percentage. He marks the highest Pac-12 school ranked in that category in that time frame, and one of just three in the top 10.
The softball coaching staff provided a coaching clinic for 14 coaches from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela on Wednesday afternoon. The coaches are hosted by the U.S. Department of State, in a week long visit to Arizona for MLB Spring Training and the clinic at Arizona State. This is the third year ASU has participated in the program.