Softball takes game 1 of series against Gators
In an offensive showing for the ages, the No. 1 Sun Devil softball team pasted 14 runs with five home runs in one of the most explosive game one of the WCWS in history as they ran off with a 14-4 win over the No. 4 Florida Gators. Dallas Escobedo moved to 36-3 overall on the year as ASU moved to 59-6 on the year and one win from a second NCAA Title. The seven home runs hit in the game tie a WCWS record.
To open the game the Sun Devils drew first blood yet again, but only barely as Lesley Rogers drew a four pitch walk only to be brought home by a Kaylyn Castillo single up the middle that was mis-handled by center fielder Michele Moultrie to give ASU the 1-0 lead after one complete.
The Sun Devils kept their usual storyline of slamming the scoreboard in the second again as they gave themselves a little more breathing room with a two RBI single from Kaylyn Castillo and another RBI from Ms. Annabelle Maye Lockwood to make it 4-0 before they decided to take a bite at the Gators as Krista Donnenwirth kissed her sixth home run of the season good-bye for a three run shot to make it 7-0 in ASU's favor.
That wasn't enough for A State though as they were well schooled on the power of Florida's offense, so they got down to work in the third inning adding three more runs to the score with RBIs from Kaylyn Castillo, Lesley Rogers and Talor Haro to make it a 10-0 lead to give Dallas some leeway in the circle.
Slamming Sam Parlich wanted in on the offensive melee as she might as well have signed ASU up with Geico as another insurance run left the park with a solo shot to left field pushing her season total to 13 on the year and making It 11-0 ASU after four complete.
The punishment didn't stop there as ASU came into the fifth full throttle as well with a two run shot to right center by WCWS MVP candidate Annie Lockwood only to be followed up by Krista Donnenwirth's second home run of the game to make it 14-0. Florida took a nibble into the score in the sixth inning though as a solo shot from Kelsey Bruder left the park to break the shutout 14-1.
Another solo shot followed with a two run shot by Michele Moultrie for the Gators showed a bit of life again in the seventh, but Dallas and the dynamic devil D were not to be stopped on Championship Monday finishing the win
The Sun Devils will tee off again with the Gators June 7 as game two of the Championship Series kicks-off at 7 p.m., CT on ESPN2.