Round of 32
Region 3: "Individual Performances"
No. 3: "Dallas Escobedo No-Hits San Jose State" vs. No. 6 "Jacqueline Cako Upsets No. 1 Ranked Tennis Player"
The Case for Escobedo: A no-no by itself is impressive enough but a no-no in the postseason? Well, that's just Roy Halladay-esque.
The no-hitter was the second in Escobedo's illustrious career but it was the first in Arizona State softball postseason history (and that's a pretty stacked record book). The craziest part of it all though was how composed Escobedo was. After giving up two runs in the first inning thanks to a walk, a hit batter and an error, Escobedo straight silenced San Jose State. Overall, she finished the game with five strikeouts, three walks and, oh yeah, ZERO HITS ALLOWED.
Sure, ASU softball might not have made it as far as we all hoped but it certainly wasn't because Escobedo's lack of effort. In the end, May 17, 2013 was another memorable chapter in the book of the woman who could possibly be the greatest Arizona State athlete ever when things are all said and done.
The Case for Cako: In the world of college athletics, so many sports, teams, and athletes are overlooked in favor of more mainstream sports. While collegiate tennis certainly has its fair share of talent, let's be honest with ourselves. You've probably never heard of Jacqueline Cako. If you're a Sun Devil fan and that's the case, you've been missing out.
Cako is a full-fledged star on the NCAA tennis circuit and one of the best singles players in the country. She's an All-American on the court, and a scholar in the classroom. As a member of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State, Cako competes both athletically and academically on a daily basis. But her heavy workload doesn't slow her down. In fact, this year she accomplished something that many players can only dream of: taking down No. 1.
On May 24th, Cako started her NCAA singles tournament off with a tough matchup against top-ranked Lauren Embree of the University of Florida. Embree may have been the favorite, but Cako made quick work of the nation's best player. Cako defeated Embree 6-3 6-2 and moved on to the next round with shocking ease. The victory may have come as a surprise to tennis fans, but not to Cako, who provided many unforgettable moments during her career at Arizona State.