TEMPE, Ariz. -- A year ago, the Arizona State softball team took a straight and narrow road to the Women's College World Series with a flawless 10-0 run. This year, the road has been a little bumpier and a little more winding, but the destination the same.
The No. 3 seed Sun Devils earned a trip back to the WCWS in Oklahoma City on Friday night by winning back-to-back Super Regional games against No. 14 seed Louisiana-Lafayette.
It was the second week in a row the defending national champion Sun Devils (51-9) faced elimination, having lost Game 1 of the series 6-0 on Thursday night, but overcoming adversity not seen on last season's campaign has made the triumphs even sweeter.
"We didn't do it the easy way," ASU coach Clint Myers said after Friday night's 9-2 and 8-0 victories. "But great teams figure out ways to win."
The extra challenge that has come with escaping elimination twice now has shown the Sun Devils how they must respond in the face of adversity, making the next cha...