TEMPE – The No. 4 Arizona State University softball team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over Drake on Thursday night at Farrington Stadium and never looked back, scoring an 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs in five innings.
Elizabeth Caporuscio hit a bases clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, proving to be more than enough insurance for pitcher Dallas Escobedo, and the Sun Devils improved to 12-0 on the season.
Escobedo starred once again and improved her record to 6-0 on the young season. She allowed only one hit while striking out 10, including the first six batters of the game. The lone hit she allowed came on a single in the third inning, but the runner never made her way into scoring position.
For the senior pitcher, it was her sixth complete game in as many starts and her fourth one-hitter in those games. Escobedo has given up just eight hits this season while posting 65 strikeouts.
ASU scored three runs in each of the first and second innings. Amber Freeman drove in Bailey Wigness and Alix Johnson in the bottom of the second on a grounder through the left side, and Haley Steele followed that up by driving in Freeman with a double to left-center to improve the score to 6-0.
Freeman also added a solo home run to deep center field in the bottom of the fifth inning, her second of the season, as she finished tied for the game-high with Caporuscio with three RBIs.
Both Freeman and Caporuscio finished the game 3-for-3 with a total of six RBI between them and four runs scored.
Jennifer Soria, serving as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, logged her first RBI of the season on a double to center field to score Caporuscio and log ASU’s fifth run-rule victory of the season.
The Sun Devils take back to the diamond Friday night at 6:30 p.m. MT from Farrington Stadium against Seton Hall.