MEMBER SIGN IN
Don't have an account? Click Here
Courtesy: Steve Rodriguez
Escobedo, Freeman Shine in No. 3 Sun Devil Softball's Win Over No. 2 UCLA
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 05/08/2014
Send Mail Print RSS

TEMPE, Ariz. – Dallas Escobedo threw a two-hit shutout and Amber Freeman connected on her team-high-tying 11th home run of the season to lead the third-ranked Arizona State University softball team to a 2-0 win over second-ranked UCLA on Thursday at Farrington Stadium.

While the Sun Devils (44-8-1, 15-5-1 Pac-12) went 1-1-1 in last week’s series at top-ranked Oregon, they were not able to make up enough ground on the Ducks to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. The Bruins came into tonight’s game still with a chance at the title, however their loss to the Sun Devils combined with Oregon’s 7-3 win over Arizona earlier in the day officially clinched the title for the Ducks.

The Sun Devils wasted no time jumping on top of the Bruins. A tough at bat by Cheyenne Coyle, ASU’s second batter of the game, culminated with a one-out single. Freeman would follow with a two-run blast to center to put ASU up 2-0.

The two runs proved to be all Escobedo would need as the senior standout struck out seven Bruins to reach 300 or more strikeouts in a season for the third time in her career.

Four walks from Escobedo and a Sun Devil error provided the Bruins with their only base runners through the first six innings.

Escobedo entered the seventh inning with a chance at her fourth-career no-hitter, but a one-out single by Gracie Goulder ended the bid. Although the no-hitter was gone, the drama was not as Bruin pinch hitter Jessica Hall followed Goulder’s hit with a single to move runners to first and second with only one out.

Escobedo would not flinch as she worked each of UCLA’s next two hitters to 0-2 counts before getting both of them to fly out to left field to give the Sun Devils the win.

ASU improved to 24-1 when scoring in the first inning and 35-5-1 when scoring first.

The Sun Devils and Bruins will reconvene for game two on Friday at 5:30 p.m.  The game can be seen live on Pac-12 Networks.

Arizona State Sun Devils Softball
advertisement
Sun Devil Mail
Leave No Doubt ST's
SDXP Frys
SDXP Sagicor
Sun Devil Club
SDXP
Inferno
Leave No Doubt ST's
SDXP gear
SDXP sagicor
Mini Plans
Baseball Flex Plans
SDXP Frays