UCSB Drops Series Opener to No. 5 Arizona State
March 25, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Fifth-ranked Arizona State collected its 19th run rule win of the season with its 8-0 (5 inning) victory over visiting UC Santa Barbara on Friday night. The game marked the first in a three-game series between the Sun Devils and Gauchos.
Arizona State improved to 31-2 on the season while UCSB falls to an even 12-12.
Pitcher Dallas Escobedo (14-1), who limited the Gauchos to just three hits during the game, led the Sun Devils. She struck out nine while walking two.
The Arizona State offense did its part in the win. Five different Sun Devils drove in runs during a six-run second inning. Talor Haro, Katelyn Boyd, Lesley Rogers, Sam Parlich and Annie Lockwood each registered hits to propel ASU to a 6-0 lead.
The Sun Devils were able to cut the game short after Krista Donnenwirth singled up the middle to start the fourth inning only to see Annie Lockwood send a 2-0 pitch over the fence pushing ASU to an 8-0 lead.
Brooke Putich had the Gauchos' first hit of the game, a two-out single to left field in the third inning. Kathryn Pilpil led off with a single up the middle in the fourth and Kendall Gil singled through the left side at the top of the fifth to account for UCSB's other two hits.
The series with ASU will continue on Saturday with a 6 p.m. game. To follow the game via Gametracker or live video and audio, click here.
The Gauchos' postponed doubleheader against defending national champions UCLA, which was previously scheduled for this past Monday, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.