softball-d1 flag

Arizona State Athletics | May 9, 2014

Escobedo throws two-hit shutout as No. 3 ASU downs No. 2 UCLA

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dallas Escobedo threw a two-hit shutout and Amber Freeman connected on her team-high-tying 11th home run of the season to lead third-ranked Arizona State to a 2-0 win against second-ranked UCLA on Thursday at Farrington Stadium.

While the Sun Devils (44-8-1, 15-5-1 Pac-12) went 1-1-1 in last week’s series at top-ranked Oregon, they were not able to make up enough ground on the Ducks to stay in the hunt for the Pac-12 title. The Bruins came into tonight’s game still with a chance at the title, however their loss to the Sun Devils combined with Oregon’s 7-3 win against Arizona earlier in the day officially clinched the title for the Ducks.

The Sun Devils wasted no time jumping on top of the Bruins. A tough at bat by Cheyenne Coyle, ASU’s second batter of the game, culminated with a one-out single. Freeman would follow with a two-run blast to center to put ASU up 2-0.

The two runs proved to be all Escobedo would need as the senior standout struck out seven Bruins to reach 300 or more strikeouts in a season for the third time in her career.

Four walks from Escobedo and a Sun Devil error provided the Bruins with their only base runners through the first six innings.

Escobedo entered the seventh inning with a chance at her fourth-career no-hitter, but a one-out single by Gracie Goulder ended the bid. Although the no-hitter was gone, the drama was not as Bruin pinch hitter Jessica Hall followed Goulder’s hit with a single to move runners to first and second with only one out.

Escobedo would not flinch as she worked each of UCLA’s next two hitters to 0-2 counts before getting both of them to fly out to left field to give the Sun Devils the win.

College wrestling: Penn State tops Michigan and other headlines from last weekend

The Penn State Nittany Lions returned to the mat and looked as close to championship form as this team has looked all season, Michigan pulled out a narrow rivalry win against the Buckeyes and Navy topped Army 20-13 in another historic dual. Here's what else you need to know from this weekend's wrestling results.
READ MORE

Arizona State's Turner Washington breaks NCAA indoor shot put record

Arizona State's Turner Washington broke the NCAA indoor shot put record at the Texas Tech Shootout, highlighting a record setting weekend for the Sun Devils.
READ MORE

How Michigan will look against Ohio State and 4 more college wrestling questions to ponder

Michigan is back, Penn State is looking for matches and the Big 12 is heating up. Here are some of the big questions we have leading into one of the last dual weekends of the year.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners