ASU softball opens Judi Garmen Classic with win over Utah

<p><a href=""… Burkhart</a> pitched nearly perfect again Wednesday afternoon as the No. 1 Sun Devil Softball team opened the 2008 Judi Garmen Classic with a 3-0 win over Utah. Burkhart struck out 16 en route to her 10th shut-out of the season with a complete game no-hitter. The Sun Devils are now 31-1 overall and increase their winning streak to 28 as Utah falls to 14-13 overall.</p><separator></separator><p>The game proved to be a tough pitchers battle between Burkhart and Smuda with both hurlers keeping the  bats quiet until the fourth inning when ASU struck first blood as an error placed <a href=""… Vasquez</a> on first with <a href="… Cochran</a> digging in next to crush the first pitch she saw deep to right field to take the 2-0 lead off her eighth home run of the season. </p><separator></separator><p>The Sun Devils added another in the fifth inning as they pulled off a double steal with <a href=""… Vasquez</a> stealing second and <a href="">… Baca</a> snaking home to push ahead 3-0. Burkhart cruised the win home, pitching to near perfection...with the exception of three hit batters to take her 15th win of the season.</p><separator></separator><p>The Sun Devils will continue competition tomorrow morning in the Judi Garmen Classic with a doubleheader against Florida State and Illinois. First game versus Florida State kicks off at 9 a.m. followed with a 1:30 p.m. start for Illinois. Both times are PT.</p>