No. 1 softball scores second straight Pac-10 sweep

May 2, 2011

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Another dominating performance by Dallas">"... Escobedo coupled with nine hits and seven runs from the offense made an indubitable setting for a win Sunday afternoon as the No. 1 ASU Softball team took a 7-1 win over Oregon State. The win is ASU’s eighth consecutive Pac-10 win and second sweep which gave Escobedo her current 23-3 record on the year and ASU a 45-5 record overall and 12-3 conference record. The Beavers drop to 18-22 and 1-14 in the Pac-10.

The Sun Devils started off the first the same way they had all weekend as they pushed one across with a Krista"> Donnenwirth RBI ground out before turning up the heat in the second bringing in three with RBI hits from Talor">">Talor Haro, Katelyn">">Ka... Boyd and Lesley">">L... Rogers to make it 4-0 after two complete.

Dallas">"... Escobedo came out to fire on all cylinders throwing six hitless innings to the Beavers while her offense chipped away at the score. Katelyn">">Ka... Boyd in a heads-up play in the fourth snaked another run off a wild pitch before OSU snapped Escobedo’s no-hitter in the sixth with a solo shot by relief pitcher, Paige Hall wh crushed one to left center.

After settling down Escobedo put it together to close it out while ASU added one last notch to the board as an error placed Annie">">... Lockwood on first before Sam">">Sam Parlich made them pay with a home run to left center for her tenth of the season to make it 7-1.

The Sun Devils hit the road again this weekend as they continue Pac-10 play in the Pacific Northwest where they’ll face-off against the Washington Huskies in Seattle next Friday-Sunday. Download Full Image

Baseball closes series with 7-1 win over Stanford

May 2, 2011

Thanks to a magnificent start by Jake">">Jake Barrett and a power display by Joey">">... DeMichele, the Sun Devils beat the Stanford Cardinal 7-1 on Sunday afternoon to take the weekend series two games to one. Barrett (6-3) was brilliant for eight innings, allowing only a first inning run to earn the win and help ASU improve to 31-10 on the year, 13-5 in Pac-10 play.

Barrett, who threw a complete game shutout last weekend at Cal, was electric all afternoon. He struck out ten and scattered seven hits over eight innings before giving way to Mitchell"> Lambson. Lambson struck out two in his perfect inning of work to secure the victory. Download Full Image

The Cardinal would draw first blood in the first inning after a wild pitch by Barrett allowed Tyler Gaffney to score from third. After two ASU errors, Stanford had runners at second and third and only one out and looked poised to add to the early 1-0 lead. But Barrett struck out the next hitter and then induced a fly out to work out of the jam.

The Devils would take the lead in the bottom of the second after Joey">">... DeMichele drove a two-run home run to right field driving in Riccio">">R... Torrez on the play and putting ASU up 2-1. In the bottom of the second with Matt">">Matt Newman on third, Austin">">A... Barnes hit a sharp single through the right side, driving in Newman increasing the lead to 3-1." alt="" width="5" height="1border=0" />
ASU would keep the scoring up in the bottom of the fourth when Johnny"> Ruettiger singled to left center allowing Barnes to score. In the bottom of the fifth, DeMichele again powered a ball over the right field fence for his second round-tripper of the game. But he was not done just yet as he brought the crowd of 3,226 to its feet in the seventh when he blasted a ball onto Rural Road in right field for his third homer of the game, a two-run shot. DeMichele is the first Sun Devil to hit three home runs in a single game since Jeff">">Jeff Larish accomplished the same feat in the 2005 College World Series against Nebraska. He finished the day 3-3 with five RBI.

Matt">">Matt Newman, Riccio">">R... Torrez and Austin">">A... Barnes all collected two hits of their own in the win. The Sun Devils will continue this home stand with a two-game midweek series against the BYU Cougars beginning Monday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.