As the 2013 college baseball season begins the ASU Sun Devils have once again set their sights on the College World Series in Omaha. Last year the Devils were ineligible for post season play and had to watch their rival Arizona Wildcats hoist the championship trophy. This year they are intent on silencing the critics that picked them to finish sixth in the Pac 12 and win their sixth national championship.
This weekend the Devils took two out of three games against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to begin the season. In the first game of the series the Devils had to score with two outs and no runners on in the bottom of the ninth to get to extra frames where the Sun Devils won 5-4 in eleven innings. The second game was a blowout as the Devils crushed the Wildcats by a score of 15-6. On Sunday however, ASU lost a heartbreaker as they could not complete a comeback from a five run deficit and dropped the series finale 7-6.
The Devils are currently ranked 16th in the country and if they plan to make a strong run to Omaha they need to make sure that they take care of business against teams like Bethune-Cookman, who they might see again in the post season. Next up for the Devils is a three game series against SEC foe Tennessee next weekend.