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Club Farrington Going Up on Tuesday

Apr 5, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The club is going up on a Tuesday as No. 14 Sun Devil Softball (21-9, 4-5) hosts crosstown non-conference opponent, Grand Canyon (15-18, 4-2) tomorrow night at Club Farrington. Tuesday's contest is the first meeting of both teams in program history. 

Arizona State is coming off its second-straight conference series win at Utah last weekend. ASU's 60 home runs are ranked third in the nation and first in the Pac-12 Conference. 

More than halfway through the team's 2021 schedule, seven Sun Devil players are batting over .300 with at least 36 at-bats: Kindra Hackbarth (.413), Maddi Hackbarth (.412), Makenna Harper (.389), Alli Tatnall (.359), Brittany Holland (.342), Jazmine Hill (.337), and Bella Loomis (.308). 

Yannira Acuña has popped off the last handful of games, hitting a .333 on the season with 27 at-bats. She went yard twice against Washington and started as the designated player at Utah last weekend. 

Last weekend, sophomore leftie Lindsay Lopez threw nine strikeouts to only two walks, pushing her record to 9-3 this season. She's thrown a team-high 79.0 innings pitched with the team-low 13 walks in 2021. Her 2.39 ERA also leads the pitching staff.

Maddi Hackbarth's 14 home runs and 39 RBI still leads the conference.

GCU head coach Ann Pierson, formerly Ann Rowan, is an Arizona State Hall of Famer. She played on the Sun Devil Softball squad from 1998-91 as a shortstop. She still holds marks in the single-season record book - 86 hits in 1990 is third and 16 stolen bases in 1991 is tied for 18th. Over her career, Pierson notched 245 hits - eighth all-time in program history, 11 triples - tied for third, and 37 stolen bases - tied for 12th. On April 3, 1990, Pierson became the first Sun Devil player to win the Pac-12 Player of the Win nomination. She is a 1990 Second-Team All-American who entered the Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.

Last Thursday, ASU collected its ninth-straight win over Pac-12 Conference competitor, Utah (11-14, 0-7), in run-rule fashion. ASU scored nine runs while sophomore pitcher Lindsay Lopez held the Utes to one to secure ASU's 11th run-rule this season.  

Maddi Hackbarth hit her 13th home run on the season to extend her Pac-12 lead. Halle Harger hit her first two doubles of the season in back-to-back at-bats, notching three RBI - a single-game high for the redshirt junior as a Sun Devil. 

On Friday, despite scoring four runs and outhitting the Utes, ASU dropped the second game against Utah, 6-4. Kindra Hackbarth hit a solo home run, her eighth of the season, to open the Sun Devil scoring in the fifth. 

Sophomore left-hander Lindsay Lopez led the team to the series win on Saturday afternoon. Lopez and the Arizona State defense combined to hold the Utes scoreless through six innings while Maddi Hackbarth did her thing - hit home runs against Utah.

The Sun Devils have won 10 of the last 11 meetings against Utah. Hackbarth's solo shot in the fourth inning is her 14th on the season and 10th against Utah since she joined the Sun Devil squad in 2018. 

ASU is on a clinching streak after collecting the win against Washington last weekend and the two dubs versus the Utes over the Easter weekend. The Sun Devils look to continue its current trajectory while hosting Stanford this upcoming weekend in Tempe. 


All games are available to stream on the ASU Live Stream.