Devils Strike First
TEMPE, Ariz. – California got on the board first, but a big second inning led No. 14 Arizona State to a 10-3 victory in game one of the series in front of 1,791 at Farrington Stadium on Friday night.
Makena Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI to lead the Bears (26-21-1, 6-10 Pac-12). Yanni Acuna had two hits for the Sun Devils (33-7, 14-2 Pac-12).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cal got on the board quickly in the first behind back-to-back hits, starting with a Tatum Anzaldo double into the gap. Acacia Anders quickly made it count as she lined one up the middle and Anzaldo beat the throw home for a 1-0 lead after the visitor first.
Arizona State got a rally going in the second as Cal had trouble finding the strike zone from the circle. The Devils scored seven runs on just two hits, with five walks leading to ASU runs as it was 8-1 through four.
The Bears tried to start chipping away in the fifth as Amani Bradley led off with a base hit and Sophie Medellin walked to put two on with nobody out. Smith followed with a base hit, her second of the day, to make it 8-2, ASU. Cal added one more on a fielder's choice and it was 8-3 heading to the home half.
ASU got one back on a solo home run in the fifth and the Bears couldn't get anything going in the final two innings.
The Bears and Sun Devils continue the series on Saturday, April 30 with a 6 pm PT first pitch on the Pac-12 Networks.