April 30, 2012

Softball sweeps Washington with 5-4 win

Posted: April 30, 2012
The Sun Devils nabbed their fourth sweep of the season by beating the Huskies. ASU now hosts Utah in the home series finale.
Photo by: Jim Nicholson

Early game offense helped the Arizona State softball team to a 5-4 win against No. 11 Washington (36-14, 7-13 Pac-12) on Sunday. The No. 3 Sun Devils clenched the sweep, its fourth of the season and most by the team in the Clint Myers era.

In the first, ASU (42-5, 14-2 Pac-12) busted open for a 3-0 lead with RBI hits by Annie Lockwood, Haley Steele and Amber Freeman. Lockwood, who went 2-for-3 in the game, is now sixth all-time at ASU in RBI with 164, 17th in doubles (22) and 20th in hits (170).

Washington answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs brought in by Kylee Lahners, diminishing ASU’s lead to 3-2.

Katelyn Boyd helped the Sun Devil offense continue dealing with a double to left center in the second – the score went up 4-2 as Bailey Wigness came home on the play. Her double moves her two closer (52) to the top of the ASU career record held by Kaitlin Cochran’s 54.

A Bethany Kemp infield single in the fifth helped the Arizona State cause, bumping the score up to 5-2 when Haley Steele scored from second.

In the bottom of the sixth Shawna Wright homered to left center for the Huskies, to again chip at ASU’s lead, 5-3. UW scored a late run in the bottom of the seventh via a Wright single, but it was not enough as the Sun Devils held on for a 5-4 victory.


Dallas Escobedo picked up the win; she is now 16-4 this year. Kaitlin Inglesby (18-9) garners the loss after 1.0 innings in the circle.

WATCH FRIDAY’S 18-1 (5) WIN AGAIN
Watch the tape delay of Arizona State’s 18-1 (5) win against Washington again! Fox Sports Arizona will show a tape delay of Friday’s game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports Arizona.

UP NEXT:
The Sun Devils host Utah May 4-6 in the regular-season home series finale. Senior day is at noon on Sunday, come out and support your seniors in their final Pac-12 game! Live stats can be found on the ASU schedule page, here, live radio here.

TICKET OFFICE PROMOTION
The first 100 fans to come through the gates each day of the Utah series will receive a 2011 National Championship commemorative ticket autographed by the Sun Devil softball team.

FOLLOW THE SUN DEVILS LIVE
The entire series versus Utah will be broadcasted on radio on the Blaze 1330 AM's UStream channel, here. Live stats and play-by-play will also be available on Gametracker, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). All links can also be found in the sidebar on the Arizona State softball schedule page, which is found here.

CLOTHING DRIVE AT SOFTBALL, MAY 4-6
The weekend of May 4-6 the softball team will have a table set up at Farrington Stadium to accept donations for Helen's Hope Chest throughout the weekend as the Sun Devils take on Utah in the season home finale. Senior designated player Nikole Afusia is an intern at Helen's Hope Chest - we invite you to learn more about this event here

VOTE FOR BOYD FOR THE LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD | Vote Here
Ten NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Katelyn Boyd has been chosen as one of the 2012 finalist. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Vote for Katelyn at www.seniorclassaward.com/vote.