Arizona Statement
Sun Devils capture first softball title

By Scott Wright Published: June 4, 2008
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t just took a coach and a team to believe that. Now that these girls have gotten a taste of this, they're going to be unstoppable.”

Thanks to a seven-run seventh inning, the Sun Devils logged the most lopsided victory in the WCWS finals.

"This is a tradition we're trying to build,” ASU coach Clint Myers said. "This year's team put it on the map.”

Texas A&M pitcher Megan Gibson finally ran out of gas after carrying her team to the championship series. The Aggies had just five runs in four games of bracket play, but Gibson's pitching was enough to carry them to the finals. But the Aggies were held scoreless in both games of the championship series.

"It's a shame that things turned out the way they did in the seventh,” A&M coach Jo Evans said. "I don't want our kids to leave here thinking they don't deserve to be here on championship day, because they did everything they needed to do to deserve to be out there. They earned that.

"I know there will come a day when we look back at this and feel really excited about what we did here.”

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Arizona State's Katie Burkhart, left, celebrates the Sun Devils first NCAA softball championship with her teammates after defeating Texas A&M at ASA Hall of Fame on Tuesday. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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