In the No. 8-seed vs. No. 9 seed Super Regional matchup, the Arizona State Sun Devils host the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line.
Arizona State-South Carolina softball super regional game schedule
- Game 1: Friday, May 25: 11 p.m. ET on ESPNU
- Game 2: Saturday, May 26: 9 p.m. on ESPN2
- Game 3: Sunday, May 27: 9 p.m. on ESPNU
A look at Arizona State
Arizona State (46-11) defeated New Mexico State and Ole Miss twice to advance to the Super Regional round for the first time since 2013.
“I’m excited to see what we have in store for super regionals,” Ford said, per SB Nation. “I think they’re really starting to figure things out. I told them, ‘This is your bus and you’re driving it. I’m a passenger, we give you your tools. You guys take this where you want to go.’
“They’ve started to really understand that and have faith in each other.”
Offensively, the Sun Devils are paced by Kindra Hackbarth with a team-high .364 batting average. Danielle Gibson leads Arizona State with 12 home runs and 39 RBI.
As for the ASU pitching staff, the team maintains a 1.39 ERA. Giselle Juarez leads the staff with a 0.88 ERA and a 25-4 record.
A look at South Carolina
South Carolina (49-15) won two elimination games over Liberty in the regional finals to earn the Gamecocks’ second-ever trip to the Super Regional round.
From The State:
“These games showed everybody what we’re made of and what this team is capable of,” said junior pitcher Dixie Raley, the winning pitcher in the first of two South Carolina wins over Liberty on Sunday.
“I am so proud of this team,” South Carolina coach Bev Smith said. “They set their sights early this season. They had goals and getting to super regionals was one of them. That is attributable to their work ethic and their ability to continue to believe in each other.”
Mackenzie Boesel leads South Carolina with a .362 batting average and 47 RBI. As a team, the Gamecocks bat .274.
In the circle, Kelsey Oh and Dixie Raley both have 14 wins and maintain a 1.95 ERA.