UW softball loses two to top-ranked ASU

SEATTLE - In the completion of Friday's rain-suspended opener, Annie Lockwood led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo homer to break a 4-4 tie and a sacrifice fly by Boyd plated pinch runner Bailey Wigness with another run as the No. 1 Arizona State Sun Devils beat the Washington Huskies 6-4.

And Dallas Escobedo threw a three-hit shutout as ASU blanked 13th-ranked Washington 2-0 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.

#1 ASU 6, #13 UW 4 (Completion of rain-suspended game)

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Kimi Pohlman walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Jenn Salling, and scored on a double to right center by Inglesby.

Washington then scored twice in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Wright led off with a walk and Clifton singled to center. After the runners moved up on a sacrifice by Maggie Wagner, Pohlman drove them both in with a line single to right.

Arizona State tied the game with three runs in the top of the third. Haro led off with an infield single and after Boyd grounded into a fielder's choice, Rogers singled to right and Castillo singled to center to score Boyd. Donnenwirth then walked to load the bases and Lockwood followed with a single to center to score Boyd and Rogers.

The Huskies answered the Sun Devils with a run in the bottom of the third on Williams's 15th home run of the season, a shot that just landed in the first row in the right center field bleachers.

The Sun Devils tied the game again at 4 in the top of the fourth. With one out, Haro reached on an error by Williams, and took second on a groundout by Boyd. Rogers reached on an infield single. Then Castillo hit a grounder to Williams that should have ended the inning but she booted it for an error, allowing Haro to score the tying run.

In the pitching matchup, Escobedo also got the better of Inglesby in this game. She went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Inglesby also got a complete game, allowing 10 hits and six runs, five earned. She also walked three and struck out five.

#1 ASU 2, #13 UW 0 (Regularly scheduled game)

The surging Sun Devils won their tenth game in a row and improved their Pac-10 leading record to 14-3 and 47-5 overall while the Huskies dropped their third straight and now stand at 7-10 and 32-12.

Arizona State got the only run it would need in the top of the first inning. With one out Lesley Rogers grounded a single to right and Kaylyn Castillo followed with a line single to right center. Krista Donnenwirth lined out to right for the second out and Annie Lockwood hit an apparent inning grounder to third base but Morgan Stuart's throw pulled Niki Williams off the base for an error, allowing Rogers to score for a 1-0 lead.

The Sun Devils added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Katelyn Boyd led off with a walk, took second on a sacrifice by Rogers, and moved to third on a ball four wild pitch to Castillo. Donnenwirth then plated Boyd with a line single to right.

Escobedo (24-3) did the rest in the circle. While she did not put up gaudy strikeout numbers, finishing with only three, she efficiently kept the Huskies off the scoreboard. She threw only 74 pitches en route to the complete game and at one point retired 14 batters in a row, between singles by Williams in the first and Whitney Jones in the sixth. The only other hit came on a two out single by Shawna Wright in the seventh.

Escobedo went to a three ball count on only two batters, Williams in the fourth and Jenna Clifton in the fifth. The closest she came to allowing a run were on two fly balls, one by Williams in the fourth that sent Lockwood to the wall in right field and the other by Clifton that Talor Haro caught at the wall in left for the final out of the game.

Kaitlin Inglesby (20-8) suffered the tough luck loss for the Huskies. She gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits and three walks. She struck out six.

The teams conclude the series on Sunday, May 8 at noon. The game marks the home finale for the Huskies and seniors Jenn Salling, Morgan Stuart and Ashley Tuiasosopo. The Huskies then finish the regular season with a three game series at Oregon State from Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14.

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