#12 Softball Beats Southern Utah Twice in Doubleheader

March 2, 2006

Cedar City, Utah - The #12 ASU Softball Team kicked-off their eight-game weekend today by adding two more wins to their record in Cedar City, Utah as they took on the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University in a double-header.

Coming into the game the Devils were 15-0 facing a 1-10 Thunderbird  squad, where in the first the Devils attacked first with a lead-off walk to Michelle Smith followed by a two-run shot over the center-field wall from Mindy Cowles to jump the Devils out to an early 2-0 lead.

 

The Devils remained quiet for most of the game after that, letting their defense do the talking as Katie Burkhart held the Thunderbird to just four hits while striking out ten of the 25 batters she faced.

 

The Devils were able to tack another run in the sixth inning as Sharee Zaleski hit a lead-off single home run over the left center wall, giving the Devils a 3-0 lead going into the seventh inning.

 

ASU almost escaped with a shutout when first-baseman Jentry Jo Johnson followed Zaleski's lead and hit a single home run over the left field wall to put the score at 3-1, though the Devils quickly finished the game with two more outs to take the win.

 

In the second game of the day, the Devils looked to be back to their old selves as they grabbed the first run of the game again after a lead-off single to Michelle Smith was hit around with a single from Kaitlin Cochran and a sacrifice fly from Kirsten Miller.

 

Ashley Werschky got the nod to head to the mound for the second game, where she kept the Thunderbirds silent throughout almost the entire game, giving up only five hits and striking out four.

 

The Devils bats finally seemed to get back in line as they grabbed another run in the second after Bianca Cruz made it to first after being hit by a pitch, after which pinch runner Jessica Mapes stole second then was bunted to third with a sacrifice bunt from Rhiannon Baca.

 

Mapes was hit home after Jackie Vasquez nailed a single to right field, putting the Devils up 2-0.

 

ASU's offense was nowhere near done though as in the sixth inning the Devils surged to score six runs off of four huge hits from Miller, Vasquez, Cochran and Zaleski as well smart base-running, pushing the score to 8-0

 

The Thunderbirds did show a spark of life in the sixth as the shortstop Tiffany Burt stepped up to crushed a ball over the center-field wall for a single homer to keep the Thunderbirds and game going into the seventh.

 

The Devils added another run in the seventh with a huge double from Bianca Cruz to right-center field, followed by a ground out and a single to left-center from Samantha Zadel.

 

The Thunderbirds answered in the seventh with only two hits, but were unable to get any Birds around the bases as the Devils wrapped up the game with a 9-1 final score.

 

The Devils advance to an unprecedented 17-0 on the season as the Southern Utah Thunderbirds fall to 1-12; the Devils are set to return to action tomorrow in Las Vegas as the UNLV Tournament kicks off with ASU facing off against Southern Utah University and Nevada.

 

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