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No. 22 Sun Devils Bust No. 24 Oregon State's Dam, Secure Series Win

Mar 19, 2022

Tempe, Ariz.– On alumni day, No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils (21-5) secured their first Pac-12 series win, 9-1 over the No. 24 Oregon State Beavers (22-6) in front of 1500 fans at Farrington. Designated hitter Jazmyn Rollin launched a solo home run in the sixth inning to finalize today's run-rule victory. In the circle, Marissa Schuld pitched six innings, allowing two hits, one run and struck out six to earn her seventh win of the season. 
Including Rollin's walk-off, the Sun Devils launched four home runs in a game for the fourth time this season. Sophomore Emily Cazares hit a three-run home run in the first inning. Two home runs in the fourth inning by Alynah Torres and Cydney Sanders added three more runs to the Sun Devil lead. 

For the ceremonial first pitch, Erica Beach represented the alumnae. Erica Beach recorded the first ever perfect game in ASU softball history, ranks fifth in career wins in ASU softball history, sixth in career strikeouts. Beach ranked fourth with 34 wins in a single season in program history. Beach was a First team all-American in 1999, and 1st team all-academic all-American in 2001. She was inducted into the Sun Devil Athletics hall of fame in 2012.
How It Happened:
ASU 9, OSU 1

  • Yannira Acuña walked with one out in the first to on base for the Sun Devils. This was followed by a walk drawn by Cydney Sanders to put Acuña in scoring position. Jazmine Hill singled to score Acuña while Sanders and herself advanced on the throw putting two in scoring position and ASU leading 1-0. Emily Cazares homered into right field extending the Sun Devil lead 4-0.
  • OSU hit a solo homer in the top of the second to cut into the Sun Devil lead 4-1. Catcher Jessica Puk led of our half of the second with a bunt and beat out the throw to get onto first. Junior Alynah Torres drew a walk followed by Acuña getting hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. All of the Sun Devil base runners were stranded to end the inning.
  • In the bottom of the third inning, senior Halle Harger hit a single into left field with two outs. She was left at first to end the inning and the score was 4-1 ASU going into the fourth.
  • Bella Loomis, who replaced Savannah Price at third base, led off our half of the fifth by drawing a walk. Back to the top of the order, Torres hit a home run into left field to extend the ASU lead 6-1. Acuña followed with a single into right field. Next in the box Sanders homered into dead center field adding two runs, the Sun Devil grew to 8-1.
  • Makenna Harper, pinch-hitting for Puk, drew a walk to start ASU off in the fifth. This was followed by a bunt by Loomis, but no one was covering first base for the Beavers allowing Loomis to take the base. Next up to bat Acuña drew a walk loading up the bases with two outs. All base runners were stranded to end the inning, the Sun Devil lead was still 8-1.
  • With two outs in the sixth, Jazmyn Rollin came up to bat and hit a solo home run to end the game in six innings with a final score of 9-1.

Up Next:
Sun Devil Softball is back tomorrow, Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. at Farrington Stadium in game three of the weekend series. All games this weekend will be broadcasted via ASU Live Stream.
Sophomore Emily Cazares:

On her home run
"I had a 3-2 count, so I was protecting myself and I saw it was my money pitch, so I was about to hit it out, so I think it's only 91 more home runs to go to beat the record!"
On what she's done to be more effective
"I try to get myself in the best position to hit, I don't like getting behind in the count and I try to think what the pitcher is thinking on the mound so that helps me prepare what to hit."
Senior Marissa Schuld
On keeping her composure:
"I never get too high or too low, I gave up that home run early and I just let it go."
On her first Pac-12 win:
"It felt great, but like I said I was out attacking like any other game but having runs scored on my back felt great as well to give me some leeway."
Coach Trisha Ford
On team's success at the plate
"We've had different people come through for us in our lineup and we still have a few more that we're going to get going tomorrow. We have a couple that are right there. Jaz [Rollins] had some struggles early in the game, but she kept her mind right. She told me, 'Coach, I'm seeing the ball well,' and I told her I have faith in you. Sure enough, there she was. That's what JR does."
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Straight Facts

• The Sun Devils are on an ten-game winning streak that includes both home and away games.

• In their last ten games the Sun Devils have hit 24 home runs.

• In their last ten games ASU has outscored their opponents 75-9.

• Historically, ASU is 31-18 against the Beavers. The Sun Devils seek to avenge the 1-2 series lost from last season.

• Five out of the seven recent wins for the Sun Devils have ended in six innings or less.

• After hitting five home runs during the Sun Devil Classic, Yanni Acuña leads the team in home runs with eight, tied with Sanders. The senior has also made it on base her last 10 at bats.

• Junior pitcher Lindsay Lopez not only leads the team with a sub-one ERA but also only has one loss on the season.

• Freshman Cyd Sanders leads the Sun Devils in RBIs with 28 on the season. She is tied for first on the team for home runs with eight.. The freshman has also made it on base consecutively her last 14 at bats.

• On the season senior pitcher Marissa Schuld has struck out 71 batters and has only walked three.
Game 1: Friday 3/18 6:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream (Won, 5-3)
Game 2: Saturday 3/19 4:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream (Won 9-1)
Game 3: Sunday 3/20 1:00 p.m. MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream