TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona State softball team improved to 12-0 on Sunday by powering past Minnesota 8-0 in a five-inning mercy-rule win.
Dallas Escobedo was dominant from the start, striking out Minnesota’s (3-6) first two batters of the game, bumping her season total to 71. The ASU ace would finish the game with nine strikeouts in the one-hit shutout. Escobedo, now 8-0, has 78 strikeouts through 45 2/3 innings this year.
And ASU got all it needed offensively in the third inning, plating two runs to take the lead. After a well-placed bunt by Cheyenne Coyle with two outs, Amber Freeman launched her fifth homer of the year, a long shot to dead center to put ASU on top.
For the ninth time this season and fourth consecutive game, ASU registered multiple home runs when Lucy Aubrecht hit a line-drive shot to left in the fourth to make it 3-0.
The Sun Devils pulled away in the fifth, scoring five runs to finish off the mercy-rule win. The five runs came on five hits, with Coyle, Elizabeth Caporuscio, Haley Steele and Bethany Kemp all tallying RBIs in the inning.
Steele and Coyle both went 2-for-3, with Steele adding two RBIs and Coyle scoring twice. ASU’s 12-0 start is the program’s best since the 2007 team started 15-0. The 2006 edition had the best start in program history, going 19-0 in Clint Myers’ first season at the helm
Sunday’s crowd of 1,328 was the largest at Farrington Stadium this season.