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Softball advances in Kajikawa Classic

February 11, 2010

A stellar outing from Hillary Bach and Katelyn Boyd in a 13-0 win in five innings over Ole Miss was dulled Thursday night as the Sun Devils fell in the nightcap 5-2 to the Kentucky Wildcats as they opened up the Kajikawa Classic and their 2010 season 1-1 with Hillary Bach taking the first win and Megan Elliott taking the loss.

Game one proved to be traditional A State softball as Hillary Bach led the Sun Devils into their first match-up against the Ole Miss Rebels where she allowed only two hits while striking out three before being taking out in the fourth inning after being clipped by a line drive. Sam Parlich came in to finish the shutout, striking out the first batter she faced in her collegiate career.

The offense also proved it was a force to be reckoned with as they posted 13 runs off six hits, four of which were home runs, with two from Katelyn Boyd, a grand slam from Kaylyn Castillo and another long ball from Annie Lockwood to seal the deal.

While the Sun Devils looked and felt confident in the first game, the nightcap proved a different story as a different team dug in to face the Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats struck first as they utilized the small ball game, grabbing a lead-off single in the second followed with a sacrifice bunt and a single up the middle to plate and take the lead.

A two run home run in the third followed by solo shots in the fourth and sixth spelled the story in the end as the Wildcats came out swinging. The lackluster Sun Devil offense saw a slight spark of life in the sixth inning with a two run shot to left center from Ashley Muenz, but that was all ASU had left in the tank as Kentucky took off with a 5-2 win.

Up next, the Sun Devils will continue with Day Two of the Kajikawa Classic, where they’ll wrap up the night at Farrington Stadium again, facing Portland State at 4:30 p.m. and Auburn at 7 p.m. 

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