Escobedo

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Fourth ranked and fifth-seeded Arizona State (48-10) advanced to the super regionals of the NCAA softball tournament next weekend, after eliminating Georgia in a 2-0 decision in the NCAA Tempe Regional at Farrington Stadium on Sunday.

Dallas Escobedo (28-4) put forth yet another admirable effort, improving to 3-0 on the weekend behind another complete game, holding Georgia (40-21) scoreless for the second consecutive game. Escobedo gave up just three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of play.

Starting pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson (8-6) took the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up two runs in one inning of play. Georgia brought in Morgan Montemayor who finished off the final six innings with no runs scored.

The Sun Devils put two runs on the board in the first inning and that would prove to be the only offense they needed as Escobedo put the team on her back and carried them to an unblemished run through the Tempe Regional.

ASU drew first blood in the first as Alix Johnson reached on a walk and advanced on a stolen base. After a fly out by Cheyenne Coyle, Amber Freeman continued her torrid postseason with a high fly ball that dropped squarely in between the Georgia shortstop and center fielder and scored Johnson in the process.

Haley Steele followed that with a line drive double down the left field line that plated Freeman to give ASU the early 2-0 lead.

That would prove to be it for the scoring as Georgia replaced Wilkinson with Montemayor to start the second inning and the junior totally shut down the Sun Devils for the remainder of the game. Montemayor gave up just four hits with no walks and no runs in six inning of action.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Escobedo threw her best again, dominating the strike zone and controlling the game. The junior has now pitched 31 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run, the last coming in the third inning of ASU's May 9 victory over Oregon. In three games this weekend, Escobedo gave up just five hits.