Former Lady Tiger helps ASU win national title

By: Tom Kellar Press-Tribune sports editor
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On Tuesday, former Roseville High School softball star Katie Crabb got the chance to experience what few college athletes ever do – to be a contributing member of an NCAA championship team. Katie’s college squad, the Arizona State Sun Devils, smacked Texas A&M 11-0 to win the 2008 edition of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Crabb, a 2006 graduate of Roseville High School and a sophomore at ASU, played first base for the national champions, starting for most of the season. The Sun Devils didn’t lose a playoff game and the team’s 11-run margin of victory over the Aggies was the largest for a title-clinching game in NCAA history. “It really didn’t hit us until about the fifth inning that we were going to be the national champion,” Crabb said. “When it happened it was the best feeling in the entire world. We all had worked our entire lives for that moment. When it finally came true, it felt really surreal.” ASU was led by pitcher Katie Burkhart’s four-hit shutout and Kaitlin Cochran’s three-run homer. Burkhart had 13 strikeouts while winning her 11th straight decision and Cochran’s blast was her 14th of the season. Crabb is looking forward to becoming an upperclassman and trying to help her school repeat this year’s success during her junior and senior seasons. “We know what it takes to get to the championship and we’re going to work just as hard, if not harder, to get there next year,” Crabb said.