It was a tight game throughout. Dallas Escobedo followed up last weekend’s top-notch performance with another one, with 15 strike outs in only 22 at bats. And that’s with the Ump calling a strike zone as tight as they come.
Texas A&M sophomore pitcher Melissa Dumezich also pitched a good game, but the Sun Devils were the first to put points on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second as sophomore Sam Parlich smacked a double in between the Texas A&M third baseman and shortstop to the runner home for the score.
Then, at the top of the fourth inning, the Aggies came back off a solo homerun by Amber Garza over the right field wall. The homer by Garza was just the 15th home run pitcher Dallas Escobedo has given up all season, and it was a tough one–it tied the game. The next scorer, sophomore pitcher Melissa Dumezich, slammed another one over the fence in the top of the seventh inning, allowing the Aggies take a 2-1 lead over the Sun Devils in what had been a 1-1 stalemate since the fourth inning.
ASU didn’t score in the bottom of the 7th, nor did the Aggies in the top of the 8th. So at the bottom of the 8th is was left in the Sun Devils hands. Score to tie or to win the game or play a double-header tomorrow. And score they did!
Bottom of the 8th, Texas A&M walks ASU’s first batter, Katelyn Boyd and then hits Senior center fielder Leslie Rogers with a pitch sending her to first. With two on base and two outs, senior catcher Kaylyn Castillo comes to the plate, and after fouling off a few, smacks a single between third base and the short stop to send in the two winning runs for ASU.
The top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils win again, (54-6) bringing them one game closer to a Women’s College World Series reprise in Oklahoma City. The Devils won the championship in 2008 when Donnenwirth, Rogers, and Urfer were
freshmen, and oh how sweet it would be for them to do it again as they close out their ASU careers. I had the pleasure of working with these three stellar student athletes when they were in my First Year Writing courses during their freshmen year, and I have watched them grow into dynamic, determined, and wonderful young women. Go Krista, Mandy and Leslie, and
Go Sun Devils!!