No. 4 ASU softball run-rules Drake

TEMPE, Ariz. — The No. 4 Arizona State softball team jumped out to an early three-run lead over Drake on Thursday night at Farrington Stadium and never looked back, scoring an 8-0 victory over the Bulldogs in five innings.

Elizabeth Caporuscio hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, which proved to be more than enough for pitcher Dallas Escobedo as the Sun Devils improved to 12-0 on the season.

Escobedo dominated once again and improved her record to 6-0 on the young season. She allowed only one hit while striking out 10, including the first six batters of the game. The lone hit she allowed was a single in the third inning, and the runner never made her way into scoring position.

It was the senior pitcher’s sixth complete game in as many starts and her fourth one-hitter. Escobedo has given up just eight hits this season while posting 65 strikeouts.

ASU scored three runs in each of the first and second innings. Amber Freeman drove in Bailey Wigness and Alix Johnson in the bottom of the second on a grounder through the left side, and Haley Steele followed that up by driving in Freeman with a double to left-center to extend the lead to 6-0.

Freeman added a solo home run to deep center field in the bottom of the fifth inning, her second of the season. She finished with three RBI, tying Caporuscio for the team high.

Both Freeman and Caporuscio finished the game 3 for 3, and they combined for four runs and six RBI.

Jennifer Soria, serving as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth, logged her first RBI of the season on a double to center field to score Caporuscio and give ASU its fifth run-rule victory of the season.