Steele's two-run homer seals deal for Arizona State to head to WCWS
TEMPE, Ariz. –- Arizona State will be making its 11th program trip to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City after beating Kentucky 5-2 on Sunday in the Tempe Super Regional.
The program’s 11th Women’s College World Series appearance in program history is the seventh under Clint Myers.
Sunday’s deciding game saw the score tie twice before Arizona State was able to take command in the top of the seventh on a two-run homer by Haley Steele. Dallas Escobedo improved to 30-4 with the 5-2 victory; she is now 5-0 (1.24 ERA) in the postseason this year.
Kentucky finished the season 41-21 overall while ace Kelsey Nunley took the loss for a final 27-11 record in the circle.
Cheyenne Coyle continued her dominance in the series with an RBI single to right in the top of the first that plated Alix Johnson from second base.
Kentucky tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the second with its fifth homer of the series, a solo shot to left center by Nikki Sagermann. It marked the third full-count long ball for the Wildcats during the weekend.
After ASU bounced back to make it 2-1 in the top of third, UK answered to tie it again in the bottom of the frame 2-2. Coyle reached via walk and then crossed home on a single to center by Haley Steele for the lead. Kentucky got its second run on an RBI single to center by Emily Jolly to make it 2-2.
It took until the top of the seventh for Arizona State to pull ahead, doing so on a two-run shot by Haley Steele to left. It was her 11th home run of the season and the team’s 94th. The Sun Devils held on for the 5-2 victory after Escobedo closed out the bottom of the frame three up, three down.