Arizona State Baseball Looking For Title Number Six In Omaha This Weekend
The program's last NCAA title was in 1981 and has won five overall (1965, 1967, 1969, 1977, 1981).
In Tempe, however, it feels a lot longer than 29 years since the Sun Devils have come away victorious in Omaha.
The Sun Devils, the top-seeded team in the tournament and one of only three ranked teams remaining, open the festivities against the Clemson Tigers at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Also in the Sun Devils and Tigers bracket are the Oklahoma Sooners and the South Carolina Gamecocks. While every team in Omaha deserves to be there, ASU probably has the easier of the two brackets.
The other bracket includes #3Florida, #6 UCLA, TCU and Florida State.
With the calm Tim Esmay (the Pac-10 Coach of the Year this season) now at the helm of the program instead of the fiery and unpredictable Pat Murphy, this year's ASU team seems more focused on the field.
Now that Murphy and his dramatic style are gone, players don't have to peek over their shoulders and wonder what's going to happen next.
This is a different Sun Devil team than years past. The program has won the Pac-10 four years in a row and anything less than a CWS title is considered a disappointment.
But they have the look and grit of a team that is determined to bring title number six home to Tempe.
And they certainly have both the offensive firepower and deep pitching staff to carry them all the way.
On the offensive side, ASU is led by Kole Calhoun, Riccio Torez and Zack MacPhee, the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Torrez, meanwhile, is riding a 25-game hitting streak while MacPhee is the catalyst at the top of the ASU lineup.
As for pitching, Seth Blair is the ace of the staff, plain and simple. The 46th overall pick in last week's draft is also helped out by closer Jordan Swagerty, who is a finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award.
To put it nicely, this Sun Devil team is loaded and has a hell of at winning the College World Series.