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Dallas Escobedo No Hits San Jose State In NCAA Tournament Opener
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Release: 05/17/2013
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May 17, 2013

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TEMPE, Ariz. -
Dallas Escobedo threw the first no-hitter in Arizona State University postseason history and the No. 4 Sun Devil (46-10) softball team knocked off San Jose State, 5-2, in the opener of the NCAA Tempe Regional on Friday.

Escobedo (26-4) had five strikeouts in a complete game effort, giving up three walks and one hit by pitch while allowing zero earned runs for her second career solo no-hitter.

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5:30 p.m. PT Game 4 | SDSU (H) vs. SJSU | Live Stats |
8 p.m. PT Losers Game 3 vs. Winners Game 4

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SJSU's Amanda Pridmore (29-10) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings of action.

Amber Freeman and Haley Steele each had solo home runs in the contest while the latter had in impressing leaping grab in the seventh inning to preserve the no-hitter.

Things didn't start out so hot for the Sun Devils as Escobedo gave up a walk to Devin Caldwell and followed that with by hitting Markesha Collins to put both on base in the top of the first. An error on the ASU outfield with two outs allowed both to come home uncontested to give the Spartans (42-16) an early 2-0 lead. Both runs went unearned.

Recently anointed as the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Freeman answered for the Sun Devils in the bottom of the first with her 17th homer of the season on a two-out solo shot to left to bring ASU within one.

A sacrifice fly RBI from Elizabeth Caporuscio in the bottom of the second plated Bethany Kemp and evened the score at two each.

SJSU's first error of the game was a costly one as a tough infield hit from Cheyenne Coyle led to a throwing error from the Spartan infield to first base that allowed Bailey Wigness to reach home to put ASU up 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Haley Steele helped stretch the lead bottom of the sixth with her 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to left. A couple batters later, Nikki Girard's double to the left field gap allowed Sam Parlich to score from first, giving ASU the final 5-2 advantage.

The Sun Devils performed well as a team, with seven of 10 batters all picking up hits to help provide the batting support behind Escobedo.

ASU has won the last nine straight postseason openers dating back to 2005.

Dallas Escobedo now has two solo no-hitters in her career (May 17, 2013 vs. San Jose State; Feb. 24, 2012 vs. Central Connecticut State) and second no-hitter this season after combining for one with Alexis Cooper on Feb. 10 against Boise State.

ASU is now 79-47 in the NCAA Tournament. Holding a 26-3 record at Farrington Stadium under Clint Myers.

ASU has 45 homer games this year, ranking fourth nationally (1.62/game) coming into the postseason.

Amber Freeman's homer in the first inning is her 17th of the season and 30th of her career.

Haley Steele's homer in the sixth inning is her 10th of the season and 21st of her career. 

Myers: 49-13; 26-3 at home in postseason
ASU: 79-47
Escobedo: 15-4; 1-0 in 2013
Popescue: 0-0; 0-0 in 2013 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Game 1: 12:30 p.m. PT - San Diego State (35-18) vs. Georgia (38-19)
Game 2: 3 p.m. PT - San Jose State (42-15) at No. 4 Arizona State (45-10)

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Game 3: 3 p.m. PT - Georgia (39-19) vs. No. 4 Arizona State (46-10)
Game 4: 5:30 p.m. PT - SDSU (35-19) vs. SJSU (42-16)
Game 5: 8 p.m. PT - Loser of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Game 6: 3 p.m. PT - Winner of Game 3 and Game 5
*Game 7: 5:30 p.m. PT - *If necessary

Rio Salado will have restrictions Sunday, May 19, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT for the Tempe International Triathlon. Rio between Rural and Mill will be restricted to one lane. Long term construction on the intersection of Rural and University may cause delays.

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