Clint's Campaign

Arizona State
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Arizona State rolled through the Women's College World Series.
In his first two seasons, Clint Myers got Arizona State to the WCWS largely on the strength of his will and two of the best players in the game. For his third trip to Oklahoma City, he took a whole team -- and came home with the Sun Devils' first championship. Graham Hays

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2008 Women's College World Series schedule
Oklahoma City

Double elimination
All times Eastern.

Thursday, May 29
La. Lafayette 3, Florida 2
Texas A&M 1, Va. Tech 0
ASU 3, Alabama 1
UCLA 2, Arizona 1

Friday, May 30
Texas A&M 2, La. Lafayette 1

Saturday, May 31
Florida 2, Virginia Tech 0
Alabama 5, Arizona 1
Florida 2, UCLA 0
Alabama 3, La. Lafayette 1

Sunday, June 1
Florida 6, Texas A&M 1
Arizona State 3, Alabama 1
Texas A&M 1, Florida 0

Championship Series
Best of three
Monday, June 2
Arizona State 3, Texas A&M 0
Tuesday, June 3
Arizona State 11, Texas A&M 0

Full schedule/results | Bracket | Watch on ESPN360

WCWS Champion
Arizona State Sun Devils
Record: 66-5
Seed: No. 6 overall
How they advanced: Won Tempe Super Regional; won Tempe Regional; Defeated Alabama; Defeated UCLA; Defeated Alabama; Defeated Texas A&M; Defeated Texas A&M
WCWS appearances: 7 (1982, '87, '00, '02, '06, '07, '08)
NCAA championships: 1 (2008)
WCWS Runner-Up
Texas A&M Aggies
Record: 56-10
Seed: No. 5 overall
How they advanced: Won College Station Super Regional; won College Station Regional; Defeated Virginia Tech; Defeated ULL; Lost to Florida; Defeated Florida; Lost to Arizona State; Lost to Arizona State
WCWS appearances: 7 (1983, '84, '86, '87, '88, '07, '08)
NCAA championships: 2 (1983, '87)
Eliminated teams
Alabama Crimson Tide
Record: 58-8
Seed: No. 3 overall
How they advanced: Won Tuscaloosa Super Regional; won Tuscaloosa Regional; Lost to Arizona State; Defeated Arizona; Defeated ULL; Lost to Arizona State
WCWS appearances: 5 (2000, '03, '05, '06, '08)
NCAA championships: 0
Arizona Wildcats
Record: 41-19
Seed: No. 7 overall
How they advanced: Won Tucson Super Regional; won Hempstead Regional; Lost to UCLA; Lost to Alabama
WCWS appearances: 20 (1988, '89, '90, '91, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '05, '06, '07, '08)
NCAA championships: 8 (1991, '93, '94, '96, '97, '01, '06, '07)
Florida Gators
Record: 70-5
Seed: No. 1 overall
How they advanced: Won Gainesville Super Regional; won Gainesville Regional; Lost to ULL; Defeated Virginia Tech; Defeated UCLA; Defeated Texas A&M; Lost to Texas A&M
WCWS appearances: 1 (2008)
NCAA championships: 0
La.-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Record: 52-15
Seed: Unseeded
How they advanced: Won Houston Super Regional; won Baton Rouge Regional; Defeated Florida; Lost to Texas A&M; Lost to Alabama
WCWS appearances: 5 (1993, '95, '96, '03, '08)
NCAA championships: 0
UCLA Bruins
Record: 51-9
Seed: No. 2 overall
How they advanced: Won Los Angeles Super Regional; won Los Angeles Regional; Defeated Arizona; Lost to Arizona State; Lost to Florida
WCWS appearances: 25 (1982, '83, '84, '85, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92, '93, '94, '96, '97, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08)
NCAA championships: 11 (1979, '82, '84, '85, '88, '89, '90, '92, '99, '03, '04)
Virginia Tech Hokies
Record: 49-19
Seed: Unseeded
How they advanced: Won Ann Arbor Super Regional; won Knoxville Regional; Lost to Texas A&M; Lost to Florida
WCWS appearances: 1 (2008)
NCAA championships: 0


WCWS History

Team Champions
Year Team
2008 Arizona State
2007 Arizona
2006 Arizona
2005 Michigan
2004 UCLA
2003 UCLA
2002 California
2001 Arizona
2000 Oklahoma
1999 UCLA
1998 Fresno St.
1997 Arizona
1996 Arizona
1995 UCLA
1994 Arizona
1993 Arizona
1992 UCLA
1991 Arizona
1990 UCLA
Complete WCWS champions list