TEMPE, Ariz. -- Whatever it takes to get it done.
That is the mindset for the Arizona State Softball team who will be participating in their eighth consecutive Super Regional this weekend taking on Kentucky.
“We are very confident,” sophomore catcher Amber Freeman stated. “Especially playing at home in front of our fans, that gives us even more confidence. We love playing softball here.”
And the Lady Devil’s confidence level is vindicated. During post season play under head coach Clint Myers at ASU’s Farrington stadium, ASU is a dominant 28-3.
On the other hand, for Kentucky, that can be a taxing obstacle for a team making their second Super Regional appearance in school history.
“We have to take care of business,” Myers said. “We are supposed to win because of seeding but we have already seen that seeding doesn’t win games. Runs do.”
“We can’t take them lightly,” outfielder Alix Johnson added. “We played (Kentucky) earlier on in the year and beat them 8-1. But at this point of the season it doesn’t mean anything.”
However, when there is a pitcher like Dallas Escobedo in the circle, who is coming off a three-win Tempe Regional performance, Arizona State’s confidence is at an all time high.
“Mentally I’m very confident,” Escobedo said. “I feel like we are all together as one, I’m very confident with the way I’m throwing, I have worked very hard these last couple of weeks and I think that it is all coming together.”
“She is very confident,” Myers added about Escobedo. “She is working harder than ever and it is all starting to come together physically and mentally for her.”
And if going to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series wasn’t enough motivation, this year ASU has a much bigger motive as the team is raising funds to help support the victims of the devastating Oklahoma tornadoes.
“In a small way maybe we can give them a piece of their life back,” Myers stated. “For the devastation you can’t really replace any of that but just trying to help out in any way we can is what we are after.”