ASU Clinches Second Consecutive World Series Appearance
May 26, 2007
ASU was the visiting team for Game Two of the Super Regional and decided to set the pace in their first at-bats as Jessica Mapes grabbed a lead-off single followed with back-to-back walks to Kaitlin Cochran and Mindy Cowles to load up the bags with no outs. Clean-up hitter Jackie Vasquez then dug in to swing away where she took a 2-1 pitch deep to right center for her first career grand slam and only her second career home run, giving the Sun Devils the 4-0 lead.
ASU never relinquished the lead even as the Tigers tried to claw back. A two-run home run from designated player Quinlan Duhon cut ASU's lead in half in the first inning, while another solo shot from catcher Kristen Hobbs put the score at 4-3 after only two innings of play. The teams kept it locked at that until the fifth when ASU tabbed two more on the Tigers with a two-RBI double to left center from Bianca Cruz, rallying ASU to a 6-3 lead.
LSU answered again though in the bottom half as Rachel Mitchell launched another solo shot to right center, cutting ASU's cushion to two. The LSU Tigers walked a Sun Devil run home in the sixth, but the padding was unnecessary as Katie Burkhart took the mound to shut the door on the Tigers as she allowed only one hit in the sixth and seventh inning to take the win and lock ASU's spot in the 2007 Women's College World Series.
The Sun Devils will now hit the road one last time as they head to their final destination:
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