May 9, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State softball (44-9, 15-7 Pac-12) opened the final series of the regular season with a 3-2 victory over third-ranked Oregon (45-8, 18-4 Pac-12) on Thursday night. Friday and Saturday's games are at 5 p.m. PT and will be on the Pac-12 Network.
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With all of the runs scored in the third inning for both teams, the Sun Devils came back from a 2-0 deficit to take an eventual 3-2 winning lead for Dallas Escobedo's 25th win of the season. Escobedo (25-4) struck out 10 batters in the contest, besting Jessica Moore's (24-4) five strikeouts through six innings.
Arizona State kept a lethal Oregon lineup off the board until the third inning when Allie Burger hit a soft liner off the leg of Dallas Escobedo in the circle. Janie Takeda followed in the next at-bat with a round-tripper to right center for a 2-0 Ducks lead.
In the bottom of the third, a trio of consecutive two-out hits helped ASU reclaim the lead, 3-2, starting off with a blooper behind second base by Cheyenne Coyle to score pinch runner Allie Butterfield. A single to left from Amber Freeman brought in Alix Johnson and for the lead Coyle scored on a Haley Steele single to right.
The remainder of the game was quiet with Oregon leaving runners on base in the sixth and seventh and ASU stranding one in the sixth as well. With the win, Arizona State hands Oregon its first loss since April 27 and snaps a six-game winning streak the Ducks were riding.
Friday and Saturday's games against No. 3 Oregon are at 5 p.m. PT and both will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.
Softball is 54-36 against Oregon dating back to 1987. Under Myers, ASU is 18-4 against the Ducks and have won seven of the last 10 meetings including the last three.
The win against No. 3 Oregon is the highest ranked opponent ASU has beaten in 2013. It is the highest upset since a 5-0 win over No. 1 California May 12, 2012.
Dallas Escobedo's win on Thursday is her first victory since April 28 against No. 10 California. She is 25-4 on the year.
Remaining Softball TV Schedule
May 10 vs. Oregon 5 p.m. PT Pac-12 Network
May 11 vs. Oregon 5 p.m. PT Pac-12 Network
May 12 ESPNU Postseason Selection Show 7 p.m. PT
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Updated May 8: Grandstand is available Friday. Saturday grandstand is sold out, BERM is $8 and standing room only $5 for Saturday.
Field Level $15
GA Adult $10
GA Jr/Sr $9
Groups are still $8 for reserved and $5 for GA, minimum 15 tickets purchased
Friday, Price is Right Night
Postgame: Photo Friday on the field
Saturday, Senior Night/Fan Appreciation Night
Pregame: Design a Sign Station at entrance, first 250 to enter stadium receive senior autograph cards, first 150 receive senior posters
Postgame: Senior night recognition, kids run the bases
Road to the Championship | NCAA.com
NCAA Selection Show: May 12, 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU
64 teams, 31 automatic qualifiers, 16 seeded teams
Regionals: May 16-19 on 16 campus sites. Four-teams, double elimination
Super Regionals: May 23-26 on eight campus sites. Two teams, best-of-three format
(ESPN, ESPN2 and/or ESPNU)
WCWS: Oklahoma City May 30-June 5.
(ESPN, ESPN2 and/or ESPNU)
2013 Softball Graduates
Lucy Aubrecht, junior status, Geography (Meteorology-Climatology) (BS), Geographic Information Science (Certificate)
Kayla Ketchum, senior status, Family and Human Development (BS), Psychology (BA)
Annie Lockwood, fifth-year senior/student assistant, Special Education and Elementary Education (BAE), Sociology (Minor) * Summa Cum Laude
Danielle Muniz, senior status, Communication (BA), Sociology (Minor)
Sam Parlich, senior status, Family and Human Development (BS) ** Magna Cum Laude
Becca Tikey, senior status, Sociology (BS) ** Magna Cum Laude
Christina Zambrana, fifth-year senior/student assistant, Secondary Education (Physical Education) (BAE), Sociology (Minor)
*Summa Cum Laude (3.80 to 4.00 GPA)
** Magna Cum Laude (3.60 to 3.79 GPA)