ASU softball overpowers 10th-ranked Cal
TEMPE, Ariz. – The fifth-ranked Arizona State softball team hit six home runs en route to to a 10-2 mercy-rule win over No. 10 California in five innings on Friday.
The Sun Devils improved to 40-7 overall, 12-5 in Pac-12 play, giving coach Clint Myers his eighth 40-plus-win season at the helm. California dropped to 35-10 overall and 9-7 in the conference with its first mercy-rule loss of the year.
Both Cheyenne Coyle and Amber Freeman went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, with Coyle hitting two homers and Freeman notching one. Sam Parlich added a grand slam, ASU’s fifth of the season, to break the game open.
Dallas Escobedo struck out nine to earn the win and improve to 23-4 on the season. Cal’s Nisa Ontiveros fell to 4-2 after leaving the circle following just seven batters faced.
ASU scored six runs in the first and finished with 11 hits, improving to 35-2 on the season when scoring first.
The six homers set a new single-game season high. The Sun Devils now have 15 mercy-rule wins on the year, including three in the Pac-12, all over ranked teams (No. 23 Oregon State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 10 California).