Red Hot Offense From Rogers and Urfer Lift No. 10 Softball Over No. 1 Washington
May 14, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. – An authoritative performance at the plate from Lesley Rogers and Mandy Urfer, combined with Hillary Bach’s command of the strike zone led the No. 10 ASU Sun Devil Softball team to a 6-5 win over the No. 1 Washington Huskies Friday night. Bach moves to 23-4 on the year while ASU improves to 41-13 overall and 10-9 in conference play. The loss moves the top-ranked Huskies to 43-6 overall and 15-4 in Pac-10 play with Baily Harris taking the loss to fall to 9-4.
In the first match-up of the ’08 NCAA Champions versus the ’09 NCAA Champions Hillary Bach took on the pitching duties, entering with a 22-4 record to face Baily Harris entering the game with a 9-3 record.
The Sun Devils came out with pitchforks sharpened as they took to the scoreboard first right out of the gate as Talor Haro started off the Sun Devil offense on the right foot with a single which was brought around by RBI machine, Kaylyn Castillo who placed one up the middle to give ASU the 1-0 lead.
ASU wasn’t going to settle for just one run though as Mandy Urfer came out in the third inning to add to her red-hot .387 average to send a 3-0 pitch straight packing to right center to plate two runs and send her total to six four-baggers on the season.
Junior teammate Lesley Rogers wasn’t about to be outdone though as she made the Huskies pay for plunking Katelyn Boyd as she dug in to take a 2-2 pitch on a fantastic voyage far over the right field wall for her fourth home run of the season as ASU took off with a 5-0 lead.
The Huskies weren’t to be counted out though with Taylor Smith knocking a two-run shot in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 5-2. Mandy Urfer came out to come through again in the clutch as she smacked a triple to right field where Annie Lockwood brought her home with a single to right center to edge up 6-2.
Washington’s Hooch Fagaly added to the attack with an RBI single with ASU only holding a 6-3 lead after six innings before a seventh inning two-run home run from designated player Danielle Lawrie pushed the score to 6-5. But the runs proved to be picayune though with Hillary Bach taking the reigns again to shut the door for her 23rd win on the year.
Video highlights and interviews to come!
The Sun Devils will take to their home field again tomorrow as they set to face the Washington Huskies again at 7 p.m. in Tempe at Farrington Stadium.