College World Series 2010: Predicting Arizona State's CWS Run

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College World Series 2010: Predicting Arizona State's CWS Run

Arizona State's 2010 baseball season has been anything but a walk in the park.

Although their record might not indicate it, the No. 1 Sun Devils (52-8) have had to struggle for all they've gotten.

It started in late November when legendary coach Pat Murphy was forced to resign amid an NCAA investigation into his recruiting past.

It began a time of questioning and doubt in a town that hasn't worried about its baseball team in years.

Usually in Tempe, fans can count of two things happening each July: it being hot as heck, and their Sun Devils going to Omaha.

Then, to add fuel to the flame, All-American pitcher Josh Spence went down with a season-ending injury to his throwing arm.

With no coach and no ace, expectations for the Sun Devils were low (at least in ASU standards).

But just as quickly as questions could be asked, this team gave out resounding answers in the positive.

Under new coach Tim Esmay, ASU began the year winning its first 24 games along the way to a fourth consecutive Pac-10 championship.

Taking over the pitching staff was junior Seth Blair, who is currently undefeated this season and was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals on the first day of the MLB draft.

And then there was last weekend in the Super Regionals of the NCAA tournament.

The Sun Devils won back-to-back 12 inning games against Arkansas to advance to this year's College World Series.

Destiny is an cliche word, but if any ASU team can win the school's first title since 1981, it's this one.

And here's how they are going to do it.

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