ASU Moment of the Year quarterfinals: No. 2 Basketball beats Arizona vs. No. 10 Dallas Escobedo no-hitter

Ralph Freso

These two moments happened less than a month apart and just across Rural Road from each other.

On Tuesday, football winning the Pac-12 south (86 percent) beat the Territorial Cup series victory (14 percent).

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Today Dallas Escobedo takes on the Arizona State men's basketball team for a spot in the semifinals.

Seed No. 2 basketball beats Arizona

It is no surprise that the biggest victory in the Herb Sendek era makes it on our list of the best moments from this past athletic season. What makes it a little sweeter is that the victory came against arch rival Arizona.

The odds were certainly stacked against the Sun Devils. Arizona came into the contest ranked No. 2 in the nation, had only one loss on the season and throttled the Sun Devils 91-68 just a month prior. However, when the dust settled it was Arizona State pulling out the 69-66 victory in overtime, causing pandemonium in Wells Fargo Arena (see picture).

Arizona State held the Wildcats to just 36-percent shooting and a meager 4-16 from 3-point territory. Arizona shot 16-30 from the free throw line, helping the Sun Devils erase a five-point halftime deficit.

It was Jermaine Marshall leading the charge for Arizona State, as the senior finished with 29 points on 11-23 shooting. Jahii Carson added 17 points and six assists with Jordan Bachynski putting up 13 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks. None of which was more important then his block of TJ McConnell in the final seconds of overtime to preserve the victory.

Seed No. 10 Dallas Escobedo no-hitter

Ever since Dallas Escobedo first brought a Women's College World Series title to Tempe during her freshman year in 2011, expectations have been exponentially higher for the program. Although the team only made the Super Regionals in Escobedo's senior campaign, one of the top highlights of the season was her no-hitter vs. Longwood on Mar. 5.

It also happened to be a very rare walk-off no-hitter for the Sun Devils. Escobedo had already faced her last batter in the top of the seventh inning but still wasn't sure if she had a "no-no" because the game was still tied at zero thanks to the almost equally impressive work of Lancer pitcher Elizabeth McCarthy.

In the bottom half of the seventh inning Bethany Kemp singled and then found herself at third base after a single by Elizabeth Caporuscio. Nikki Girard came to the plate and grounded a ball to the second baseman, who attempted to throw Kemp out at the plate but she avoided the tag and Escobedo had herself a no-hitter as well.

Escobedo walked three and hit one batter while striking out 13. It was the third no-hitter of her career.

Basketball wins over the Escobedo no hitter.


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