The Sun Devils are back in the College World Series after Tim Esmay's squad posted a stellar 52-8 campaign.
Arizona State, perennial favorites boasting an alumni list including the likes of Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, Andre Ethier, and Bob Horner (and for you trivia folks, Ian Kinsler before he transferred to Mizzou), is ready to capture its first national championship in two decades and believes it can win it all this year.
Although success by the Sun Devils has somewhat become a given, this year's team faced a lot of adversity in the preseason.
Former long-time head coach Pat Murphy resigned unexpectedly before recruiting violations surfaced, and athletic director Lisa Love was forced to slap self-imposed sanction on the program to save face. Arizona State's season almost looked to be a disaster, but it definitely wasn't.
Credit manager Tim Esmay-- who finally earned the permanent manager job after holding interim status for most of this season-- for keeping the ship straight and steered towards Omaha. He has rendered the Sun Devils' last off-season moot with his team's stellar player, and his team will be looking to capture the elusive title in Rosenblatt Stadium's last year.
That said, ten more reasons Arizona State can win it all...
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