Katelyn Boyd's Bat Leads No. 8 Softball Past Cal Poly In Double-Header
March 28, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. – Hillary Bach and Megan Ellliott led in the circle for the Sun Devils as Katelyn Boyd hit .684 on the day with two doubles and a home run to lead the eighth-ranked Sun Devils over Cal Poly in a double-header with 5-1 and 3-2 (8) final scores. The Sun Devils are now 30-4 overall with one last game remaining in the weekend.
Game one saw Hillary Bach take to the circle looking to better her 14-1 record as she fired up the engines to lead as she opened the game with two perfect innings and tossed a no-hitter into the fourth inning as well.
Her Sun Devil offense had her back as well as they came out looking to defend their current NCAA team scoring title with two runs in the first inning off four hits, with RBIs from Katelyn Boyd and Caylyn Carlson to lead the attack.
The fireworks weren’t over for the Sun Devils though, Katelyn Boyd led-off the third inning, taking a 2-1 pitch for a ride over the right center wall for her 13th home run of the season. Feisty Krista Donnenwirth wasn’t one to be out done though as she dug in next to match the feat with a solo shot to left field for her fourth of the year.
Another run for ASU in the fourth gave ASU the cushion they needed as Bach took some rest with Sam Parlich coming in for relief. The Mustangs showed some horsepower in the top of the seventh though, tabbing the freshman with a run before she shut it down.
Game Two sent Megan Elliott to the circle looking to enter double-digits in the wins category. Elliott domesticated the Mustangs to lead the Sun Devil D before ASU jumped on the board in the second inning after an error by Cal Poly helped to drive in a run for the Sun Devils.
Cal Poly answered in the fourth inning with two runs of their own as Trista Thomas hit her first career home run off a 1-0 pitch to bring home two and take the lead. ASU wasn’t vexed though as they tied it up in the fourth inning as Katelyn Boyd came in clutch again with an RBI-single up the middle.
The pitcher’s duel then continued on through the next few innings as neither offense could push one across sending the game to extras. Megan Elliott kept her composure in the circle shutting down Cal Poly with the full confidence that her offense could turn it around and show ASU’s esemplastic nature. The offense did just that in the bottom of the eighth as a single up the middle from Caylyn Carlson was brought home with another single from Talor Haro to end it in walk-off fashion.
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The Sun Devils will wrap their non-conference slate tomorrow as they face the Cal Poly Mustangs one last time in Tempe at Farrington Stadium.