No. 17 Arizona State (11-2) rebounded Friday afternoon with a 9-5 victory over LIU Brooklyn (3-8) in Palm Springs, Calif., as they continued the Mary Nutter Tournament.
After having their 10-game winning streak snapped by two-time defending national champions No. 4 Oklahoma Thursday night, the Devils wasted no time getting back to their winning ways.
New additions continued to fuel the Arizona State offense. Freshman infielder Bella Loomis got the start at third base over junior Taylor Becerra on Friday and the she took advantage of the opportunity.
Loomis got the scoring started for the Sun Devils in the second inning, as fellow freshman first baseman Danielle Gibson led off the inning with a double. After a walk by senior second baseman Marisa Stankiewicz, Loomis singled up the middle to bring home Gibson.
Sophomore right fielder Kinda Hackbarth kept the inning going with a single of her own, delivering another Sun Devil run. Sophomore shortstop Jade Gortarez completed the four-run inning with a two-run single scoring Loomis and Hackbarth.
Gibson started the third inning with another hit and later scored on junior designated player Fa Leilua’s double, extending the Sun Devils’ lead to 5-0. Stankiewicz singled to give Loomis another chance with runners on the corners. The freshman collected another RBI as Leilua scored on a ground ball fielder’s choice to the Blackbirds’ second baseman Evie Claussell.
Sophomore catcher Maddi Hackbarth took sole possession as the team’s home run leader with a three-run shot to center field in the fourth inning. Gortarez reached base to start the inning after getting hit by a pitch. Junior outfielder Skylar McCarty pinch hit for junior Morgan Howe collecting a single before scoring on the home run to make the Devils lead 9-0.
In the circle senior pitcher Dale Ryndak enjoyed the surplus of run support on Friday. Ryndak didn’t get into trouble until late in the game, allowing her only earned run in the fourth inning to LIU Brooklyn’s designated player Nereyda Gutierrez’s solo home run.
Ryndak allowed four runs in the fifth, but all were unearned. Arizona State committed three errors in the inning, two by Gortarez and one by Ryndak herself. The Blackbirds’ Gutierrez, Claussell, and Alina Castillo all followed the errors with singles bringing the score to 9-5.
The senior pitched a scoreless sixth inning before handing the ball over to fellow senior Breanna Macha to close out the game. Macha retired all three batters she faced sealing the Sun Devil win.
The Sun Devils continue the Mary Nutter Tournament on Saturday night when they take on Liberty. First pitch is scheduled for 8:30 MST.