Annie Lockwood strokes the ball during ASU's Regional on May 20, 2011. Photo courtesy of Steve Rodriguez.
The Sun Devils softball team has stormed through the postseason, winning all nine games they've played in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship. In defeating Baylor today to the tune of 4-0, ASU reached the championship series, a three-game battle against the winner of the Florida/Alabama game that just began.
Dallas Escobedo was absolutely dominant, holding the Bears hostage all afternoon. Baylor only scattered five hits off the freshman superstar pitcher who threw 119 pitches in the game.
Mandy Urfer had the game-winning RBI in the second inning, stroking a two-run home run that scored pinch runner Kayla Ketchum. This shot was Urfer's 12th home run on the season, and it came at a perfect time.
Annie Lockwood and Lesley Rogers also picked up RBI for the Sun Devils, who continue their dominance in the sport of softball.
Regardless of who advances to face ASU, an SEC team will be gunning for the conference's first ever softball title. Will they be able to handle the Sun Devils? So far, no one has been able to.
The championship series begins tomorrow at 5:00 PM Pacific time. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.