ASU softball shuts out UCSF, No. 9 Texas
FULLERTON, Calif. – Mackenzie Popescue picked up Arizona State softball’s first road victory of the season, shutting out Cal State Fullerton in a 9-0 win Thursday. In the Sun Devils’ second game at Judi Garman Classic, Dallas Escobedo led ASU to its first win over a ranked team this year, a 3-0 shutout of Texas.
With the two wins, the Devils improved to 27-1 and ran their win streak to six games. Host school Cal State Fullerton dropped to 11-15 overall while No. 9 Texas fell to 23-4 on the season.
In the early game, Popescue recorded a new single-game career best with nine strikeouts. Her previous high was eight, which she accomplished on two previous occasions. Alix Johnson hit her seventh homer of the year to lead the offense, giving her 23 in her career, tied for 12th on the ASU all-time list.
Escobedo’s win over Texas was the 75th of her career, just one shy of tying for fifth in school history with Kirsten Voak, who had 76
career wins in a career that ended in 2002. Escobedo is 14-1 on the year after 13
striking out 13 Texas hitters, marking the seventh time this year the junior has struck out double-digit batters in a game.
The Devils’ win over the Longhorns was also their first over a ranked opponent since they beat No. 12 Oregon 3-1 in the Women’s College World Series on May 31, 2012.
Of ASU’s six wins during its current win streak, four have been
ASU next plays No. 15 Michigan on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by Virginia Tech at 3 p.m.