May 19, 2012
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TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State (48-7) softball team dropped Syracuse, 3-1, on Saturday in front of a crowd of 739 inside Farrington Stadium. The team continues competition at the NCAA Tempe Regional as part of the NCAA Softball Championships on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT when the Sun Devils face Syracuse again.
The Sun Devils will resume play on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. (PT) against Syracuse and at 6 p.m. (PT) if needed.
Sophomore pitcher Dallas Escobedo pitched a gem, posting 11 strikeouts and allowing just two hits in a complete game to improve to 21-4 on the season. Jenna Saira took the loss for the Orange (41-15) dropping to 25-8 on the year.
The teams were locked in a pitcher's dual for much of the game, with a three-run fourth inning for the Sun Devils proving to be the difference in the game.
Syracuse got on the board first on a Stephanie Watts double to left field in the first that sent Lisaira Daniels home from second. Escobedo would allow just one more hit over the course of the game, however, leaving it in the hands of the ASU offense to do the rest.
The Sun Devils struggled against Caira early, however, posting just two base runners on walks through the first 3 2/3 innings before a Haley Steele double down the left field line and an Amber Freeman walk loaded the bases for Sam Parlich who lined a single into left to score Elizabeth Caporuscio to knot the game at one apiece.
From there, it was all Escobedo as she allowed just one base runner on a walk over the final three innings while posting four more strikeouts to finish things off.
ASU improved to 22-1 at home in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Clint Myers and are now 43-9 overall with Myers at the helm. As a team, the Sun Devils are now 73-43 all-time in postseason play.
Syracuse will take on ASU, Sunday at 3 p.m. The tournament is in a double-elimination format, should a game seven be necessary, it would take place at 6 p.m. PST on Sunday.
NCAA SOFTBALL TEMPE REGIONAL
For more information, including the NCAA bracket, visit NCAA Tournament Central, located here.
The Tempe Regional, one of 16 across the nation, will feature four teams in a double-elimination contest, with the winner of each regional advancing to the Super Regional. The Arizona State postseason page is located here.
FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE | SUNDAY LIVE VIDEO
Fans can follow the action through NCAA GameTracker, video webstream or ASU Softball's Twitter account all found on the softball schedule page. The radio will be provided by The Blaze, here. GameTracker and the webstream can be found for each individual game on the softball schedule page, here. Fans can also follow on their phones on Twitter at @ASUSoftball.
TICKET INFORMATION | Full Release Here
All session passes for Sun Devil softball go on sale to the general public at 1 p.m. Monday (May 14) as Arizona State will host first-round NCAA postseason action beginning Thursday this week at Farrington Stadium. Those that have already ordered tickets can pick up the tickets starting Monday at 1 p.m. Single-game tickets will go on sale no later than 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Credit card machines are at the ticket booth at Farrington Stadium.