Sun Devil Softball Comes Up Short Against Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – It was a rubber match in the series finale in the Bay Area as No. 10 Arizona State softball (32-7, 13-2 Pac-12) came up short 4-2 in the final game of the three-game series against the Stanford Cardinal (31-13, 8-7 Pac-12) on Sunday.
The Sun Devils got off to a hot start with hitting back-to-back home runs from Alynah Torres and Yannira Acuña, the first time this has happened for ASU since March 27 against Arizona. This is Torres fifth home run in the last five games to add to her season total of 11, while Acuña homered for the 10th time this season.
Bella Loomis had two hits in the game, along with Cydney Sanders and Jazmine Hill with one hit apiece.
Marissa Schuld got the start and pitched the first three innings for the Sun Devils in her first appearance since April 14th. Allison Royalty came in for relief in the bottom of the fourth inning where she got out the three batters she faced. Lindsay Lopez replaced Royalty bottom of the fifth where she pitched the rest of the game and led the pitching staff with three strikeouts.
Arizona State will return to Farrington for its last two home conference series of the season as the Sun Devils will take on California in a three game-series beginning on Friday as they look to bounce back.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Arizona State 2, Stanford 4
- Things for the Sun Devils in their half of the first inning got off to a hot start as Torres had a leadoff homer to left field. Next up to bat was Acuña who had a home run to right field to give ASU the early 2-0 lead. Cydney Sanders singled to the pitcher, but was left stranded.
- Both teams were scoreless in the second inning, as Schuld had a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second.
- With two outs in the top of the third, Jasmine Hill reached base on a single and advanced to second on a passed ball, but ended up being left on base. Stanford remained scoreless in its half of the third inning.
- A line drive to left field by the Cardinal put them on the board in the bottom of the fourth with the Sun Devils still ahead, 2-1. Royalty came into pitch in the bottom of the fourth with no one out for Stanford, and she ended the inning with a strikeout to keep the Sun Devils in front.
- Torres doubled to right field in the top of the fifth frame and advanced to third after Acuña has a single down the right field and she advanced to second on a throw. On a double play, Torres got out at home to keep the score 2-1 for ASU.
- Stanford took the lead in the bottom of the fifth off a two-run RBI single to right center to take a one-run lead. A single to center field off the Cardinal gave them the 4-2 lead. The Sun Devil defense got the next three batters out going into the sixth inning.
- Hill was walked to open the sixth inning followed by Jazmyn Rollin being walked to put runners on first and second with zero outs. Hill got out on a double play, while Rollin was stranded on base from a strikeout. Lopez had a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the sixth.
- Loomis had a double with one out in the top of the seventh inning, but was left stranded to give Stanford the 4-2 win.
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Game 1: Friday 4/22 6:00 p.m. MST Stanford 4, ASU 1
Game 2: Saturday 4/23 2:00 p.m. MST ASU 3, Stanford 1
Game 3: Sunday 4/24 12:00 p.m. MST Stanford 4, ASU 2
USA Softball/ESPN.com - 10
NFCA/USA Today - 13
Softball America - 10
D1 Softball - 11