Arizona St. wins with late rally
Two-out single leads Sun Devils to win and series lead
TEMPE, Ariz. -- With the bases loaded and two outs on the board, senior Kaylyn Castillo belted a walk-off single to send top-ranked Arizona State one game closer to a Women’s College World Series reprise with a 3-2 victory against Texas A&M in game one of the NCAA Super Regional.
The energy was palatable in Farrington Stadium as Castillo took the plate. The Sun Devils (54-6) loaded the bases on a now-scrutinized decision to walk senior Katelyn Boyd and a hit-by-pitch for Leslie Rodgers, which sent the senior to first. With two outs and Castillo shouldering the Sun Devils last-ditch efforts for a victory, the senior smacked a double between the Texas A&M third baseman and short stop to send in the two winning runs for ASU.
A late bomb over the centerfield wall by Texas A&M sophomore pitcher Melissa Dumezich in the top of the seventh inning helped the 18th-ranked Aggies (44-14) take a 2-1 lead in what had been a 1-1 stalemate since the fourth inning.
The slam by Dumezich was only the 16th home run Escobedo has allowed all season. The freshman ace, who is now 31-3 on the season, recorded 15 strikeouts in only 22 at bats in the matchup.
The Sun Devils were the first to put a run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with sophomore Sam Parlich belting a double in between the Texas A&M third baseman and shortstop to advance Krista Donnenwirth home for the score.
The Aggies came back in the top of the fourth inning off a solo home run by Amber Garza over the right field wall.
It was just three seasons ago the Sun Devils defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 11-0 in Oklahoma City en route to ASU’s first NCAA softball championship. The Sun Devils have advanced to the Women’s College World Series in four of coach Clint Meyers previous five years at the helm.
Farrington Stadium, no stranger to packed houses, hosted a sell-out crowd of 2,037 plus with standing room only seating the only tickets left for sale the morning of the first match up.