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ASU softball: Sun Devils win ninth straight with 7-0 win over San Diego

The Sun Devils explode for seven runs and shutout San Diego to complete their tournament sweep.

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Arizona State (9-1) has made quick work of teams in the Littlewood Classic. Today was no exception.

The Sun Devils scored early to rout the San Diego Toreros (6-5) by a score 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore pitcher Giselle Juarez shut down the Torero offense, limiting USD to six base runners in the 3-hit shutout.

“My teammates having my back today really picked me up,” Juarez said. “I thought all my pitches were working. That’s all I can really ask for.”

Juarez continued her second season dominance with her second win of the season. She struck out nine batters on 100 pitches. Her ERA has dropped to 2.42.

While head coach Trisha Ford made substitutions throughout the lineup, Juarez was one of two exceptions to play the full game.

“I told her last night in our postgame speech she was getting back on the hump,” Ford said. “I thought it was important for her to get back out there. She’s a sophomore and this is a great learning opportunity for her.”

The offense for ASU made it difficult for Toreros starter Hannah Boos to get outs. The Devils scored three in the first, and four in the second; in large part from a Nichole Chilson three-run home run.

“It was a changeup and I’ve been working on [hitting those] in practice,” the senior outfielder said. “Just finally driving a changeup felt really good.”

Chilson’s continued hitting has kept her in the starting lineup, while Skylar McCarty has been coming from off the bench in the past few games.

“There’s competition this year,” Ford said. “We’re going to play our best nine.

“Chilly (Chilson) and Sky (McCarty) are battling for that left field spot and [Chilson] right now is taking a hold of it and she’s playing great out there.”

Arizona State extended its winning streak to nine games, outscoring opponents 62-15 amidst that streak.

The Sun Devils begin the Mary Nutter Tournament in Palm Springs on Thursday when they matchup with the Mississippi State Bulldogs.