Arizona St. reaches another WCWS
Escobedo strikes out nine while picking up 32nd win this year
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Top-seeded Arizona State is once again Oklahoma City-bound as the No. 1-ranked Sun Devils defeated the No. 16 Texas A&M 4-2 in the NCAA Super Regional on Friday.
Not content to rest on her performance from the night before, senior Kaylyn Castillo once again showed her penchant for offensive flair, belting a two-run home run over the centerfield wall in the top of the first inning to put the Sun Devils (55-6) on the board. The home run was her ninth on the season and second in NCAA play.
Freshman pitcher Dallas Escobedo held the Aggies scoreless for six innings. Escobedo sealed the victory for the Sun Devils striking out the Texas A&M batter looking for the final out of the game. The freshman improved to 32-3 on the season while tallying nine strikeouts on the day.
The ASU offense took over once again in the fifth inning as the Sun Devils loaded the bases. With one out on the board, sophomore Sam Parlich hit a shallow shot near the pitcher's mound to send in run number three for Arizona State. Freshman Alix Johnson also scored an RBI off a sac fly to bring in the fourth run of the game.
In the sixth inning, Texas A&M (44-17) joined the Sun Devils on the scoreboard with a two-run homer by Aggie sophomore Meagan May.
Head coach Clint Myers has led the Sun Devils to five Women's College World Series appearances in his six years at the helm of the program. With the win Friday, Arizona State is now tied with rival Arizona for the most WCWS appearances by any team in the past six seasons (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011). The Sun Devils won the national title in 2008.