Former Amphitheater standout Kristiana Watson batted .255 (14-55) with 5 home runs and 17 RBI in 31 games for ASU as a redshirt freshman, including a grand slam to help the Sun Devils defeat Cal State Fullerton 5-2 in the first game of the NCAA Regionals on May 20.
Watson joined a crew of Sun Devils to enter the transfer portal after the season ended, although Watson put her name in the portal prior to the departure of former head coach Trisha Ford. Ford went to Texas A&M after her program lost to Northwestern at home in the Super Regionals.
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— ESPN (@espn) May 21, 2022
Watson announced her commitment to play for Duke Monday night. Watson, the daughter of former Arizona All-American Laura Espinoza-Watson, was the last Triple Crown winner from Southern Arizona when she was a sophomore at Amphitheater. Watson batted .716 with 51 RBI and 14 home runs that year.
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