May 11, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Winning the series against Oregon (46-9, 19-5 Pac-12) but falling in the finale, 4-2, Arizona State softball will await its selection into the NCAA Tournament with a 45-10 overall record. The Sun Devils finished the year 16-8 in the Pac-12. The NCAA selection show is Sunday, at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
Oregon started off by scoring in three-consecutive innings before ASU looked to change the momentum with two runs in the fifth that cut the score to 4-2. Changes in the circle for both teams occurred in the latter portion of the game and neither team picked up hits after the substitutions.
Mackenzie Popescue (19-6) got the start for Arizona State and pitched four complete innings with four strikeouts before being pulled in the fifth. Dallas Escobedo closed out the game and also had four strikeouts. Popescue would go down as the pitcher of record - Oregon's Jessica Moore (25-4) got the win in a combined 6.0 innings.
In a two-out rally in the opening frame, Oregon was able to pull around a single run after a double, walk and RBI scorcher down the left field line plated Alexa Peterson. The Ducks came right back for a 2-0 lead in the second on a leadoff home run by Koral Costa.
Oregon stretched its lead to 4-0 in the third when batter Janie Takeda reached on a failed tag. Peterson then smacked a two-run homer to left on her first pitch for the four-run Duck lead and her second run of the game.
Alix Johnson cut Oregon's advantage in half, 4-2, in the bottom of the fifth by roping her 11th home run of the season on a two-run shot to left. Bailey Wigness scored on the hit, she reached on an infield Duck error.
Neither team had any action on the base paths in the sixth or seventh innings, yielding a final score of 4-2 for an Oregon win.
ASU softball will await its postseason schedule which will be announced on Sunday, May 12, at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU. Information will be posted on www.thesundevils.com as it is received on Sunday night.
Softball TV Schedule
May 12, ESPNU Postseason Selection Show 7 p.m. PT
ASU has 44 homer games this year, 19 home run games in Pac-12. Sun Devils entered weekend ranked third nationally in homers, 1.67/game.
Alix Johnson's homer in the fifth inning is her 11th of the year and 27th of her career.
The last time ASU lost the regular-season finale game was May 15, 2010 against Washington, 9-0 (5).
Clint Myers is 63-27 (.700) at home against the Pac-12 since 2006.
All six of Myers' WCWS appearances have come off of ASU hosting a Super Regional in Tempe. ASU has only missed making the WCWS once since Myers was hired in 2006, making it as far as the Super Regionals in 2010.
A postseason berth in 2013 will be the ninth-consecutive for ASU. It will be the 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the program, a 78-47 record.
Clint Myers is 48-13 (.787) in the postseason, 25-3 (.893) in the postseason at Farrington Stadium and 14-8 (.636) in the Women's College World Series.
The bullpen in the postseason:
Dallas Escobedo 14-4
2012 (4-4); 2011 (10-0)
Mackenzie Popescue 0-0
2011 (0-0; 0.1 inn.; 4 pitches)
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)
Thank you to our seniors! Time to finish their careers strong in the NCAA Tournament. Selection show Sun, ESPNU 7pm twitter.com/ASUSoftball/st...-- ASU Softball (@ASUSoftball) May 12, 2013
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)