TEMPE, Ariz. – With a pair of wins on Friday, the Arizona State softball team improved to 19-0, tying the best start in program history.
The Sun Devils mercied Binghamton 9-1 in five innings in the early game and followed that up with a no-hit performance from Mackenzie Popescue in an 8-0, five-inning win over North Dakota. It was the 24th no-no in ASU history, the second of the season and the second of Popescue’s career.
Alexis Cooper, who combined with Dallas Escobedo on a no-hitter earlier this season, got her first collegiate win in the victory over Binghamton (1-5). Cooper went all five innings and struck out three while the offense scored three runs in each of the first three innings to put the game away early. Every ASU player reach base at least once.
The second game was broken open in similar fashion, with the Devils plating eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning for one of their most productive starts of the year. The first six batters in the ASU lineup scored to open the game.
Popescue took care of the rest, striking out four in the no-hitter to improve to 8-0 on the season.
ASU returns to action in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on Saturdya against East Carolina at 4:30 p.m. and North Carolina at 7 p.m. The Sun Devils close out the tournament against No. 22 Baylor at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.