No. 3 Softball Splits Doubleheader on Day Two of Palm Springs Classic
Feb. 21, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Hillary Bach’s complete game effort coupled with longball from Krista Donnenwirth and a feisty fifth inning from the third-ranked Sun Devil Softball team saw ASU collect a 5-4 win over No. 12 Northwestern to open Day Two of the Palm Springs Classic Friday. In the nightcap, ASU was unable to rally as they fell to No. 6 Oklahoma 8-6. The Sun Devils are now 12-3 overall and return to action tomorrow.
In game one on the day, freshman Hillary Bach took to the mound against the Northwestern ace, Lauren Delaney who was fresh off a win over Oregon State earlier in the day. Bach came out slightly shaky as she gave up four runs off three hits in the first inning to the Wildcats, including a three-RBI longball.
The Sun Devils kept calm though and showed that patience is a virtue as the Wildcats kicked off the fifth inning by booting two balls for errors to give ASU base runners with a blank slate in the outs category. A walk and an RBI ground out kept two on base and ASU only a couple runs from tying the score. Krista Donnenwirth did one better though as she took a look a one pitch before making the next work hard for it’s money as it took a ride out of the park over the left field wall to give ASU the lead they never let go of.
In the nightcap against the sixth-ranked Sooners, ASU came out swinging as a bloop single from Kaitlin Cochran was brought home by freshman Katelyn Boyd taking a 1-0 pitch deep over the left field wall to plate two and take the lead. The Sooners didn’t rest on their laurels however as two hits and a walk loaded them up before Lindsey Vandever cleared them with a grand slam to take a 4-2 lead. OU wasn’t done yet, posting four more before the inning was out with an 8-2 final after one complete.
While the Sun Devils shut down the Sooner offense for the rest of the game, and started to mount a comeback in the seventh inning rattling off four hits and plating three before the Sooners buckled down to finish the inning and take the W.
The Sun Devils are now 12-3 headed into Day Three of the Palm Springs Classic where they’ll face Texas at 3 p.m.