#1 ASU 6, #13 UW 2

SEATTLE - Top-ranked Arizona State gave Mackenzie Popescue all the offensive support she needed with three runs in the top of the first inning, and went on to defeat #13 Washington 6-2 in the finale of a three-game Pac-10 series at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

The Sun Devils won their 11th straight game to sweep the Huskies and improve their Pac-10 leading record to 15-3 and overall mark to 48-5, while the Huskies dropped to 7-11 and 32-13.

Katelyn Boyd led off the game against Bryana Walker (3-5) with a line single to left. Lesley Rogers grounded a single to center and Kaylyn Castillo followed with another ground single to left to score Boyd and give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead. After Krista Donnenwirth advanced the runners with a sacrifice, Annie Lockwood lined a single to center to score Rogers and make it 2-0, with Castillo taking third. Castillo then scored the third run when Walker got called for an illegal pitch.

Arizona State added two runs in the fifth on a bases loaded two run single by Lockwood and made it 6-0 in the seventh on a run scoring single by Mandy Urfer.

In the circle Popescue (13-2) went the distance, allowing two runs on four hits. She walked one and struck out one. She faced a jam in the bottom of the first inning when the Huskies had runners on at second and third with two outs, but she got out of the inning unscathed when Shawna Wright grounded out to short.

From the final out in the first to the first out of the seventh, Popescue retired 17 batters in a row before Kaitlin Inglesby lined her second single of the game off the wall in left center field. Wright then broke a 17 inning scoreless streak by the Huskies when she hit her seventh home run of the season into the green padding beyond the wall in straightaway center field.

Walker got hammered in the circle despite pitching a complete game. She gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks. She did not strike out a batter. Most of the damage against her came courtesy of the top five batters in the Sun Devil lineup, who finished the game a combined 10 for 17 (.588) with five of the six runs scored and four runs batted in.

For the series the top five batters had excellent series, going 24 for 50 (.480) with 11 runs scored, a home run, and nine RBI.

The Huskies look to snap a four game losing streak when they conclude the regular season with a three game series at Oregon State from Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14. They then await their destination for the upcoming NCAA tournament beginning on Friday, May 20.


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