May 24, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team fell to Louisiana, 6-0 in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional on Thursday night at Farrington Stadium in in front of a crowd of 1,663.
The Sun Devils will try to even the series against Louisiana in game two of the NCAA Super Regional in Tempe on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams will play game three (if necessary) on Friday at 8:30 p.m., both time PT.
The Ragin' Cajuns (53-4) recorded 12 hits and were paced by two-RBI performances from Brianna Cherry and Matte Haack.
Right-hander Dallas Escobedo (22-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on 12 hits and striking out two in 6 2/3 innings.
Louisiana had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but Escobedo escaped each frame unscathed to keep the game tied at zero.
The Ragin' Cajuns broke up the scoreless tie in the fourth inning with back-to-back solo home runs to left-center field. Paige Cormier led off the frame with a homer and Sarah Draheim followed with one of her own to put Louisiana on top, 2-0.
Nerissa Myers hit a leadoff double to start the fifth inning and scored two batters later on an RBI sacrifice fly by Haack to give the Ragin' Cajuns a three-run advantage.
A three-run, four-hit seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Cherry, extended Louisiana's lead to what would be the eventual final score, 6-0.
Right-hander Mackenzie Popescue replaced Escobedo with two outs in the top of the seventh and induced a flyout to close the inning.
Right-hander Jordan Wallace (27-1) earned the win after allowing two hits and no runs.
ASU is 40-4 at home in 2012. Coach Clint Myers is 44-11 in the postseason overall, including 23-3 in NCAA action at Farrington Stadium and 10-1 in Super Regionals held at Farrington.
ASU softball drops the game 6-0. Will look to come back Friday at 6 p.m. PT-- ASU Softball (@ASUSoftball) May 25, 2012