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#13 Softball Hosts Stanford April 9-11

Apr 8, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 13 Sun Devil Softball team (22-9, 4-5) continues its nine-game home stand this weekend as host to conference opponent, the Stanford Cardinal (22-8, 3-3) on April 9-11. The action starts on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. MST and will continue with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon and conclude with a single-game Sunday matinee.

The Pac-12 Conference and participant softball programs agreed to play four-game series each weekend of conference play. Three of the games count toward the conference record, while the second game of Saturday's doubleheader goes down as a non-conference matchup. 

Arizona State is coming off a game for the record books, scoring 21 runs in a shutout against Grand Canyon on Tuesday night. It was the first meeting between the two programs in school history. Under head coach Trisha Ford, the team has scored 20+ runs four times - all since the 2019 season when Jeff Harger, assistant coach - hitting, joined the staff in a full-time role. 

Maddi Hackbarth extended her Pac-12 Conference home run lead as she went yard for the 15th time this season against the Lopes. Her 42 RBI also leads the conference. Maddi and her twin, Kindra, go back and forth in the team's leading batting average. This week, Maddi boasts a .416 average while Kindra is second on the team with a .415. Kindra is second in the Pac-12 in stolen bases with 16. 

Allison Royalty reached her 85th career strikeout versus the Lopes - a mark that places her fifth in the Pac-12. 



The Sun Devils are on a 12-game winning streak against the Cardinal that dates back to 2016. Since 1984, ASU's record against Stanford is 67-26.

SUN DEVIL REWIND
In the program's first meeting with Grand Canyon University on Tuesday night, the No. 13 Arizona State Softball team left its mark both on the field and in the record books. ASU absolutely dominated early as 18 of its 21 runs came in the first two innings and capitalized off of four early errors from the Lopes to defeat GCU 21-0 at Farrington Stadium. 

A 13-run second inning tied a program record and was just one run shy of the NCAA record books for most runs in an inning, which tops off at 14. The seven ASU doubles also tie a program record for most doubles in a game, last coming in 2015 against Indiana State. Lastly, with 21 runs tonight, ASU tied their season-high scored against the University of Texas, El Paso, on March 6. It was also just three short of the program record of 24 runs in a game. 

Allison Royalty threw her fourth collegiate complete game and third shutout on Tuesday night. She notched nine strikeouts in the one-hitter through five innings. 

Royalty faced just 15 batters and walked only two. Royalty was lights out as she held the Lopes to a 0.67 batting average. Her nine strikeouts tied for second-most in her career - she threw 11 against Incarnate Word on March 5.

STRAIGHT FACTS

  • Royalty now has 84 career strikeouts, and leads the pitching staff this season.
  • ASU tied a program record on Tuesday night against GCU with 13 runs in the second inning.
  • The seven ASU doubles in Tuesday's game tied a program record for most doubles in a game (last time was 2015 against Indiana State). Players who hit a double on Tuesday: Kindra Hackbarth, Emily Cazares, Makenna Harper, Maddi Hackbarth, Yanni Acuna (2), and Halle Harger. 
  • With 21 runs versus GCU, ASU tied their season high, and were just three short of the program record 24 runs in a game.
  • The team's .341 batting average is 10th in the nation and third in the Pac-12
  • Maddi Hackbarth - who leads the Pac-12 in home runs and RBIs - is on a team-high five-game hitting streak. 
  • Jazmine Hill and Maddi Hackbarth have both had multiple RBI games 11 times this season which leads the squad
  • Thanks to a whopping seven doubles against GCU, the Sun Devils are now seventh in the nation in doubles on the season with 53. That mark also leads the conference. 
  • ASU's 63 home runs on the season is first in the Pac-12 and third in the nation behind Arkansas (69) and Oklahoma (91)
  • ASU is the top-10 nationally in batting average (10th), doubles (seventh), home runs per game (second), on base percentage (eighth), slugging percentage (fourth), scoring (ninth)
  • Since 1984, ASU's record against Stanford is 67-26
  • The Sun Devils are on a 12-game winning streak against the Cardinal that dates back to 2016. The largest margin of victory during the streak occurred in 2017 when ASU defeated Stanford 10-0 on April 13.