Escobedo no-hits San Jose State as Arizona State scores 5-2 regional win
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dallas Escobedo threw the first no-hitter in Arizona State postseason history and the No. 5 Sun Devils knocked off San Jose State 5-2 in the opener of the Tempe Regional on Friday.
Escobedo (26-4) had five strikeouts, giving up three walks and one hit by pitch while allowing zero earned runs for her second career solo no-hitter.
San Jose State's Amanda Pridmore (29-10) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings of action.
Arizona State's Amber Freeman and Haley Steele each had solo home runs while the latter had in impressing leaping grab in the seventh inning to preserve the no-hitter.
Things didn't start out so hot for the Sun Devils (46-10) as Escobedo gave up a walk to Devin Caldwell and followed that by hitting Markesha Collins to put both on base in the top of the first. An error with two outs allowed both to come home uncontested to give the Spartans (42-16) an early 2-0 lead.
Recently anointed as the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Freeman answered for the Sun Devils in the bottom of the first with her 17th homer of the season on a two-out solo shot to left to bring ASU within one.
A sacrifice fly RBI from Elizabeth Caporuscio in the bottom of the second plated Bethany Kemp and evened the score at 2.
SJSU's first error of the game was a costly one as a tough infield hit from Cheyenne Coyle led to a throwing error that allowed Bailey Wigness to reach home to put ASU up 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth.
Steele helped stretch the lead bottom of the sixth with her 10th home run of the season, a solo shot to left. A couple batters later, Nikki Girard's double to the left-field gap allowed Sam Parlich to score from first, giving ASU the final 5-2 advantage.
The Sun Devils performed well as a team, with seven of 10 batters all picking up hits to help provide the batting support behind Escobedo.