#22 Devils Topple #19 Iowa and Illinois State in Day One of Littlewood Classic.

Feb. 17, 2006

Tempe, Ariz. - The 2006 Littlewood Classic kicked off in Tempe Friday afternoon, bringing to town the Illinois State Red Birds and the #19 Hawkeyes of Iowa to face off against the #22 Sun Devils of Arizona State.

 

To start off the tournament, the current Sun Devil squad paid tribute to the Mary Littlewood, the founding mother of Sun Devil Softball and first coach who led the Sun Devils from 1971 to 1989 leading the Devils nine times to the Women's College World Series and winning it twice in 1972 and 1973.

 

Littlewood's career record was 468-202-1, and is credited with building the Sun Devil Softball program into a national powerhouse.

 

Today saw the Devils keep their unblemished record as they grabbed two more wins on the season to put them at 9-0.

 

In the first game the Devils started off slow, keeping quiet, but with solid defense, the Devils kept the Red Birds scoreless for the entire game and let their bats do the talking.

 

The Devil's bats got a pulse in the second from third-baseman, Ashley Werschky who smashed a single home run over the center field to give the Devils a 1-0 boost.

 

Following her lead in the third, Freshman Kaitlin Cochran hit another single shot over the right-field wall putting the Devils 2-0 ahead of the Red Birds with her fifth home-run of the season.

 

The fourth inning though is where the Devil's offense came alive with a lead-off single from Werschky followed by singles from Knabe, and Baca with a double from Kim Zadrozny to drive home a few runs jumping the lead to 6-0.

 

The Devils were able to finish off the Red Birds the sixth after a lead-off walk was driven in by a single from Cochran, who was later batted in with a double from Sharee Zaleski to end the game 8-0.

 

In the second game the Devils took on the #19 Hawkeyes, who came out strong to strike first with a lead-off single from Mindy Heidgerken, who was later bunted around and then scored off a single from Kylie Murray.

 

The Devils answered the Hawkeyes in the first though with a lead-off walk to Michelle Smith who was later hit home off a single from Kaitlin Cochran.

 

The Devils struck again in the second inning off of a single from Zadrozny, with Langley pinch running.

 

ASU wasn't able to keep the lead though as Iowa rallied back to score two runs in the fourth after a lead-off single from Stacy May was hit home by Summer Downs, who also scored off a single from Erin Riemersma to give the Hawkeyes a 3-2 edge going into the bottom of the fourth.

 

The Devils couldn't stay quiet though as they stepped up huge with a lead-off walk to Zadrozny followed by a single from Jackie Vasquez, after which both Devils were smashed home by Mindy Cowles three-run home run over the center field scoreboard to give the Devils a 5-3 lead.

 

The Devil defense and pitching shut down the Hawkeyes in the fifth and sixth with a quick four and three-batter innings.

 

The Hawkeyes made an attempt to come back in the seventh after a lead-off walk got home due to some costly errors, but the Devils gritted it out to take the game from the #19 Hawkeyes 5-4.

 

The Devils will return to action tomorrow as the Littlewood Classic rolls on.

 

The Devils will again play a double-header against Iowa and IllinoisState and host a 1 p.m. game of the Hawkeyes and Red Birds, ASU's first game will start at 3:30 p.m. at Farrington Stadium.

 

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