Former Indiana coach Tracy Smith, who led the Hoosiers to the College World Series in 2013, was fired as head coach at Arizona State on Monday after the Sun Devils were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament.
The Sun Devils finished 33-22 this season, but lost 10-3 to Texas on Saturday and 9-7 to Fairfield on Sunday to be eliminated from the Austin, Texas Regional. In Smith’s seven seasons at the helm since being hired after the 2014 season, he posted a 201-155 record and reached the NCAA Tournament four times but never made it it to a Super Regional or the College World Series. The Sun Devils have not reached the College World Series since 2010. Their best chance may have been in 2020 when they started the season 13-4 with power hitter Spencer Torkelson on the roster. The season was ended because of the pandemic and Torkelson was taken No. 1 overall in the Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Smith posted a 287-237 record from 2006-14 during his time at Indiana and led the Hoosiers to the tournament in 2009, 2013 and 2014. They hosted regionals and won the Big Ten in both 2013 and 2014 and were the No. 4 overall seed in 2014 but were upset in the regional by Stanford.
Prior to his arrival, Indiana had reached the NCAA Tournament just twice — a one-game playoff in 1949 and a regional in 1996. Since then, the Hoosiers have made seven appearances. Smith is responsible for three of Indiana’s four Big Ten tournament championships.
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