No. 2 Softball Survives Arkansas Rally to Win Two in Day Two of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational
March 1, 2008
The Sun Devils started off game one against BYU with a two-run first inning with Kaitlin Cochran taking first after being hit by a pitch only to be followed with Krista Donnenwirth's third home run of the weekend to left center to push ASU ahead 2-0. BYU grabbed one back in the top of the second, but ASU powered on to tack on three more in the third off two hits and two BYU passed balls.
ASU added three more runs in the fifth with a huge three-RBI double down the right line to clear the bases as Katie Burkhart cruised to her seventh win of the season while allowing only two runs off three hits to keep the all-time series against BYU perfect. The Sun Devils are now 7-0 all-time against BYU.
Game two featured the only other undefeated team in the tournament, the Arkansas Ladybacks which pitted Megan Elliott versus the Arkansas No. 1 hurler, Katy Henry. The Sun Devils drew first blood as they grabbed a run in the first with three hits as Mindy Cowles doubled to right field to plate Jackie Vasquez and take the lead 1-0.
Caylyn Carlson crushed a solo home run in the second to pad the lead as she took a 1-1 pitch deep to left center. The Ladybacks came back in the third though as Samantha Buckner matched the solo home run hitting one to right center to cut the Sun Devil lead to one. Mindy Cowles looked to break it open in the fifth with a single to the left with runners on first and second where an error allowed Cowles to clear the bases and score to jump ASU to a 5-1 lead.
The Sun Devils will finish the Wilson/DeMarini Tournament tomorrow as they set to face