ASU softball wins NCAA Tournament opener behind Escobedo no-hitterPosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- As folks around Arizona State like to say, the road to the Women's College World Series goes through Dallas. During the Sun Devils' NCAA Tournament opener, it was proved to be correct in historic fashion.
Junior pitcher Dallas Escobedo tossed the first no-hitter in ASU postseason history in leading the fifth-seeded Sun Devils to a 5-2 victory over San Jose State in Tempe. The Spartans scored two runs in the first inning thanks to a walk, a hit-by-pitch and an ASU error, but could not manage a single hit off of a dominant Escobedo, who struck out five on the day.
Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman got ASU on the board in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run, her 17th of the year. The Sun Devils took the lead in the 5th inning on an SJSU error, and added the game's final two runs in the next inning off of a Haley Steele home run and an RBI double by Nikki Girard.
In game one of the Tempe regional, Georgia beat San Diego State 9-3, allowing the Bulldogs to advance to face ASU on Saturday afternoon. First pitch will come at Farrington Stadium in Tempe at 3 p.m.