Pitcher Dallas Escobedo (Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
A day after trouncing LIU Brooklyn to open 2012 NCAA Softball Tournament play, the defending national champion Sun Devil squad faced a tight battle from Syracuse, but another strong pitching performance helped seal the win for ASU.
Following Hillary Bach's shutout of the Blackbirds yesterday, Dallas Escobedo was brilliant, striking out 11 Orange batters and holding them to just one run on two hits, en route to her 21st win of the year.
The Sun Devil offense struggled for three innings before plating three in the fourth inning off Jenna Caira, thanks to RBI singles from Sam Parlich and Christina Zambrana.
ASU will face the winner of LIU Brooklyn and Long Beach State, who are playing later Saturday, at 3:00pm Sunday in this double-elimination regional. Should the Sun Devils fall in that game, the final game will take place at 7:00pm.
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