TEMPE – Arizona State University softball starting RHP Dallas Escobedo was named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after her 3-0 performance at the Kajikawa Classic this past weekend, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Escobedo pitched three complete games over the course of the weekend with two shutouts as she helped the Sun Devils to a 6-0 record on opening weekend.
The senior All-American gave up just one earned run in a 9-1 mercy rule victory over N.C. State while holding Creighton and Fresno State to just one hit in 3-0 and 7-0 victories, respectively.
Escobedo had 14 strikeouts in the season opener against Creighton, the second most in her career in a game that did not go to extra innings. Her eighth strikeout of the game moved her into sole possession of second on ASU’s career strikeout list, surpassing Kirstin Voak’s total of 893.
She finished the weekend with 32 total strikeouts (10.7 per game) – 10 more than any other pitcher in the Pac-12 on opening weekend. She now has 918 career strikeouts, second behind only school record holder Katie Burkhart’s 1,670.
Her 19 innings pitched this weekend also led the conference while she gave up just a .063 hitting percentage to opposing batters, which led the Pac-12 starting pitchers on the weekend.
Combined with fellow ace Mackenzie Popescue, the Sun Devil pitching staff posted an outstanding .20 ERA on the weekend, holding opponents to just .151 hitting with 39 strikeouts and only one earned run allowed.
For Escobedo, this is the sixth time she has earned the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award, ranking only behind the nine earned by Burkhart in her career. It was the 80th Player/Pitcher of the Week honor in ASU history.
The Sun Devils moved up to No. 5 in both the NFCA/USA Today and USA Softball/ESPN Top 25 Polls this week from the No. 7 spot. ASU received one first-place vote in the ESPN Poll.
The team returns to action this weekend as it hosts the annual Littlewood Classic at Farrington Stadium beginning Friday. The team will take on Tennessee State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. MT separately from the tournament before opening the Classic against No. 11 Oklahoma on Friday at 6 p.m.