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Softball's 2012 Fall Schedule and Recaps
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 08/23/2012
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Aug. 23, 2012
*Updated Oct. 24, 2012*

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team announced Thursday morning that it will host eight games during the Sun Devils' fall ball schedule.

Each of the eight home games this fall will be played at Farrington Stadium and are free to the public.

Games times and dates are subject to change. Check back on the softball page and for updated information throughout the fall.

Sept. 29 

12 p.m.

Eastern Arizona College

Oct. 3

6 p.m.

Scottsdale Community College

Oct. 9

6 p.m.

South Mountain Community College 

Oct. 13

12 p.m.

Yavapai Jr. College

Oct. 16

5 p.m. 

Phoenix College

Oct. 19

5 p.m. DH 

Central Arizona College

Oct. 26

6 p.m.

Grand Canyon University

**Updated 10/15**

Next up:
The Sun Devils next and final game of the fall season will take place, Friday, October 26th, against Grand Canyon University. The game will take place at Farrington Stadium with the first pitch scheduled for 6 pm.

Recaps of Softball's Fall Ball Games
By Kasey Kaler, Softball Volunteer Administrative Intern

Friday, October 19th, marked a doubleheader against the Central Arizona College Vaqueros, with the Sun Devils winning both games; 11 – 2 and 10 – 0. Alexis Cooper started the first game of the double header, going five and two-thirds en route to the win, her second of the fall season. Cooper was relieved by Jenna Makis who finished out the night while punching out two batters. Makis stayed in the circle for the start of game two, going four more innings and k-ing four other batters on the night. Dallas Escobedo finished out the game, going the final three innings and striking out four of the final seven Vaqueros she faced.

The Sun Devils were led by shortstop Cheyenne Coyle who homered in both games and drove in three runs on the night. The first game was broken wide open in the third inning when three consecutive Sun Devils reached base, after a single by Nikki Girard and a bases-loaded walk by Jennifer Soria, Raianna Dobbs entered the box with the bases loaded and promptly unloaded, sending the first pitch over the left field fence. The second game of the doubleheader was kicked off with two consecutive singles by Bailey Wigness and Alix Johnson. Haley Steele and Sam Parlich walked consecutively next, bringing in Wigness, and then brought home to score on a sacrifice fly from Bethany Kemp, and a two-run double by Danielle Muniz.
After the game coach Clint Myers was pleased about the pitching he saw out of his young staff, calling it a “satisfactory effort.”  

GAME FIVE: ASU 14, Phoenix College 2
On Tuesday, October 16th, the Sun Devils took on the Phoenix College Bears, trouncing the Bears 14 to 2. As a team, the Sun Devils provided some spark, hitting five homeruns, with Haley Steele delivering a two-run shot in the first inning and Amber Freeman, Elizabeth Caporuscio and Sam Parlich going back-to-back-to-back in the third inning. The night also saw infielder Lindsey Edgerton go deep, her first of the fall season.

Mackenzie Popescue started once more for the Devils, her third start of the fall season, pitching three innings, punching out three batters. Popescue was then followed by Jenna Makis - who earned her third win of the fall season - and Alexis Cooper, who each pitched in relief and looked sharp during their time in the circle. Dallas Escobedo finished out the game, k-ing her two final batters.

GAME FOUR: ASU 6, Yavapai Jr. College 0
On Saturday, October 13th, the Sun Devils outlasted the Yavapai Roughriders, winning six to nothing during the contest, which was the fourth game of the eight game fall season. Mackenzie Popescue got the start for the Sun Devils, her second of the fall season, going three quick innings while recording one strikeout during her outing. Popescue was then followed by Alexis Cooper and then Jenna Makis who, together, recorded a total of three strikeouts during their time in the circle. The game concluded with Dallas Escobedo going the final two innings and fanning three of the final six batters she faced.

The Sun Devil lineup was held in check all afternoon, doing the most of their damage in the first inning of the contest, when Haley Steele delivered a two-run shot and Amber Freeman hit a solo homerun thereafter. Alix Johnson wrecked havoc on the bases during the contest, scoring three runs and stealing second base after reaching on a fielder’s choice and then advancing to third soon after on an errant throw from the Yavapai catcher, Johnson then scored on a sacrifice fly from Danielle Muniz.

GAME THREE: ASU 24, South Mountain Community College 0
The Arizona State bats busted out in a big way on Tuesday, October 9th, blanking South Mountain Community College 24 - 0. Dallas Escobedo started for the Devils, going the first three innings and fanning eight Cougar batters on the night. Jenna Makis came on in relief of Escobedo, going two quick innings en route to her first win during the fall season. Alexis Cooper came on next, fanning another four batters during her time in the circle, and Mackenzie Popescue closed out the game, striking out the final four batters she faced. As a staff, the Devils struck out a total of twenty batters during the contest, an overall pitching performance that head coach Clint Myers was pleased with after the game.

The night saw seven homeruns hit by Sun Devils from six different players, with the four-baggers coming from Cheyenne Coyle, Mackenzie Popescue, Haley Steele, Katee Aguirre and Jennifer Soria and two from Lucy Aubrecht. After no homerun balls had left the stadium for the first two games of the fall season, the Sun Devils bats awakened in an enormous way, routing the Cougars and getting contributions from the team as a whole. Senior Danielle Muniz provided another spark, going 2 for 2 off the bench with two doubles and two runs scored.
After the game head coach Clint Myers was upbeat with his team's overall effort, emphasizing: "We are continuing to improve day-in and day-out, and our freshmen class continues to develop and play with better knowledge."
GAME TWO: ASU 11, Scottsdale Community College 5
In the Sun Devils' second game of their eight game fall season, the Sun Devils took on the Scottsdale Community College Artichokes, coached by former Sun Devil Softball assistant coach Robert Wagner. The Devils downed them 11 to 5. Redshirt freshman Jenna Makis started for the Devils, going two and two-thirds innings and giving up three runs. Freshman Alexis Cooper got the win for the Devils, recording one strikeout during her two and two-thirds innings. Mackenzie Popescue then finished out the game, earning a save and striking out the final four batters she faced.

Shortstop Cheyenne Coyle was again instrumental in a Sun Devil win, going two for three at the plate with two RBI on the night. The Artichokes hung around until the fifth inning when the Devils came alive in the middle of the order. Sam Parlich kicked off the inning with a walk and later scored on consecutive hits from Coyle and Amber Freeman, pinch runner Kayla Ketchum was later brought in to score on a hit by Haley Steele.

Head coach Clint Myers was quoted after the game, saying: "We're young, but we just need to play with better understanding and knowledge of the game." The Sun Devils' fall roster features ten freshmen versus only four seniors.

GAME ONE: ASU 11, Eastern Arizona College 0
Arizona State Softball kicked off their fall season with a win over Eastern Arizona College on Saturday September 29, beating the Lady Gila Monsters 11 - 0. Mackenzie Popescue started and got the win for the Devils, pitching three innings and recording one strikeout in the outing. The game saw all four pitchers on staff pitch, recording a total of six strikeouts and shutting out the Lady Gila Monsters on the day.

Florida transfer Cheyenne Coyle started at shortstop for the Devils and was 2 for 2 on the day with four runs scored and a double. Dallas Escobedo looked sharp in her fall debut, pitching two innings and fanning four batters. Freshman Nikki Girard singled twice in her Sun Devil debut and Amber Freeman doubled to right field during the game.

The game was a step in the right direction to start off the season for a coaching staff that has been preaching: "two more days" all offseason. Last season the Sun Devils fell just two days and two games short of reaching the World Series Championship Game and repeating as National Champions.

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