No. 2 ASU Blanks Huskies in 3-0 Win
May 2, 2008
SEATTLE - All-America pitcher Katie Burkhart had 12 strikeouts to lead No. 2 Arizona State to a 3-0 win over No. 23 Washington on Friday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium in Pac-10 action. ASU upped its record to 53-3 and 15-1 in the conference, while the Huskies fell to 26-19-1 and 5-10 in the Pac-10.
The Sun Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, benefiting from three walks issued by Aleah Macon and two hits. Both of ASU's runs came on walks with the bases loaded.
It appeared the Huskies would cut into the lead in their half of the inning after Ashlyn Watson and Alicia Blake had back-to-back two-out singles to put runners on first and second. Jace Williams then hit a grounder that looked like it would get through the right side of the infield, but ASU second baseman Mindy Cowles made a nice stop and threw out Williams in a close play at first base.
Washington threatened again in the second and third innings, but stranded a pair of runners in both innings.
Arizona State went up 3-0 in the fourth inning on solo home run to left field by Katie Crabb.
In the fifth inning, the Huskies once again had a chance to get on the scoreboard after Marnie Koziol led off with a four-pitch walk and advanced to third on a single to left field by Watson. After a strikeout and flyout, Bailey Stenson hit a hard grounder off the glove of first baseman Mandy Urfer, but Cowles picked up the ball and threw to Urfer to 3:00 p.m.get Stenson by a step.
Washington managed to put at least one runner on base in every inning except the seventh, but left 10 runners on base, including six in scoring position.
Macon took the loss to fall to 15-12. In five innings of work she allowed six hits, three earned runs and four walks while striking out five. Noble pitched the final two innings, scattering two hits and striking out two.
Burkhart gave up eight hits and walked two in a complete-game effort to improve to 30-3. Jackie Vasquez led the ASU offense by going 3-for-4.
Washington continues Pac-10 play when it hosts No. 12 Arizona tomorrow at
Notes: ASU has won six of the past eight against the Sun Devils, but Washington still has a 43-16 lead all-time ... The 10 runners that the Huskies left on base were their most since a March 22 game against Utah ... Alyson McWherter had a sacrifice bunt in the second inning, her sixth of the season, which ties her with Koziol for the team lead ... Blake's single in the first inning extended her hitting streak to four games.