Photo courtesy of Steve Rodriguez.
It can be summed up in paragraphs, but a single word can suffice: destiny.
The Arizona State Sun Devils softball team achieved the ultimate goal on Tuesday night, defeating the Florida Gators 7-2 to claim ASU's second NCAA softball title in the past four years.
Freshman pitcher Dallas Escobedo capped off an incredible campaign by going seven strong innings, giving up only two earned runs on 131 pitches.
While Escobedo walked five Gators, she didn't allow them to claw back into the WCWS through clutch hitting: Florida only amassed four hits over seven innings of play.
Shortstop Katelyn Boyd played a big role in the victory tonight, collecting three RBI and stroking two key hits. Annie Lockwood delivered a solo home run and Alix Johnson added three RBI for the victorious Devils.
Florida drew first blood when rightfielder Brittany Shutte hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. Just like that, the Gators had their first lead of the WCWS final.
The Sun Devils wouldn't lay dormant for long, however. ASU rattled off five runs in the next two innings, taking a 5-1 lead into the fourth.
ASU tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth innings to solidify their first national championship since 2008.
A huge congratulations goes out to the team, who worked so hard and compiled an epic 59-6 record en route to winning the NCAA title. GO DEVILS!