ASU holds off Kentucky in Super Regional opener
MAY 25, 2013 11:51p ET
Along with her homer, Coyle had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to finish with four RBI, and Alix Johnson went a team-best 3 for 3 at the plate. In the circle, Dallas Escobedo earned her 29th win of the year, and Mackenzie Popescue closed the game for her third save of the season.
After two and a half innings of scoreless ball, ASU took a three-run lead after Bailey Wigness and Johnson led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles and Coyle followed with her 20th home run of the season.
A home run by Kentucky's Christian Stokes in the top of the fifth snapped Dallas Escobedo's 35-inning scoreless streak and cut the Sun Devils' lead to 3-1.
ASU would respond in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to make it 5-1. Wigness got on with a walk for her second appearance on the base paths, and Johnson scored her in the ensuing at-bat with a triple to left-center. Johnson then came home on a sacrifice fly to left by Coyle.
Kentucky rallied in the top of the sixth with three home runs in the frame. Lauren Cumbess launched one to left field, Alice O'Brien roped a shot to right and Stokes hit followed with her second of the night to left-center to make it 5-4.
Escobedo was relieved in the top of the seventh by Popescue, who finished off the final stanza for her third save of the year.
Kelsey Nunley took the loss for Kentucky, dropping to 27-10 on the season.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.