TEMPE, Ariz.—The No. 4 Arizona State softball team improved to 15-0 on Saturday night as it defeated Boston College and Idaho State in the second night of the Diamond Devil Invitational at Farrington Stadium.
The Sun Devils totaled six home runs throughout the two games, where ASU edged Boston College, 3-0, before picking up a five-inning victory over Idaho State, 11-1.
Jennifer Soria, who hit her first two home runs of the year against the Bengals, led the Sun Devils with a .667 batting average, as did Amber Freeman, who totaled four hits and two runs on the night.
Haley Steele and Bethany Kemp each added three runs to ASU’s offensive production, while pitchers Dallas Escobedo and Mackenzie Popescue shut out each team they faced, combining for 15 strikeouts.
The Sun Devils will be back on the field to play their final two games of the Diamond Devil Invitational, starting at 11:15 a.m. MT versus Drake. ASU will follow with a rematch with Idaho State at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Recaps of today’s action can be found below.
By Patrick Wagner, ASU Media Relations
#4 ASU 3, Boston College 0
In their second game of the Diamond Devil classic, the No. 4 Sun Devils shut out the Boston College Eagles (5-4), 3-0.
The Sun Devil offense began to take shape when they scored a pair of runs in the second inning, the first when third baseman Nikki Girard singled up the middle to drive in first baseman Bethany Kemp. Later in the inning, Girard then came around to score herself when shortstop Cheyenne Coyle hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Sun Devils weren’t done scoring, putting up their third and final run when outfielder Elizabeth Caporuscio homered over the right field fence, her first of the year.
With only three runs scored in the game, pitcher Dallas Escobedo put her signature on her seventh win, throwing seven scoreless innings, only giving up six hits, and throwing 12 strikeouts.
#4 ASU 11, Idaho State 1 (5 innings)
In their second game of the night and third of the Diamond Devil Invitational the No. 4 Sun Devils run ruled the Idaho State Bengals 11-1 in five innings.
The offense would not be quieted as they put up 11 runs in only four innings of plate appearances, led by the production of Jennifer Soria, who hit two home runs and recorded five RBI.
In the first frame, ASU picked up a 2-0 advantage as designated hitter Amber Freeman scored from third on a single from first baseman Bethany Kemp, while third baseman Hailey Steele scored on a throwing error from the Idaho State shortstop.
After going scoreless in the second, the Sun Devils opened the floodgates in the third. With no outs in the third, center fielder Alix Johnson hit a solo home run to deep left center.
The home runs continued as Soria hit one over the fence for the first time of the night, driving in Kemp and Steele, which gave ASU a 6-0 lead. Before the end of the frame, catcher Katee Aguirre hit her own solo shot to left center field, to give ASU a 7-0 advantage over the Bengals.
Steele hit a three-RBI homer in the fourth, while Soria sent another ball deep to left for the 11th and final run of the night.
In the circle for the Sun Devils, Mackenzie Popescue (7-0) threw four shut-out innings, only allowing three hits. Jenna Makis also made an appearance in relief in the fifth inning, her first showing in the circle for ASU.