The No. 1 Washington Huskies (29-1) got revenge after having their perfect season streak snapped Saturday evening by silencing the No. 13 Sun Devils (23-4) Sunday afternoon.
The Huskies struck an early lead and tagged ASU senior starter Breanna Macha for seven runs in their 7-0 victory.
Macha fell behind early, allowing four runs in the second inning: three of which scored on a double by Washington senior first basemen Kirstyn Thomas. Macha made it to the seventh inning but a two-run home run by Huskies’ senior left fielder Julia DePonte ended her outing.
“That’s a good hitting team and sometimes you gotta tip your cap to them,” Macha said. “They’re gonna hit your mistakes and I need to work on limiting those.”
The Devils defense accumulated four errors on the afternoon, one of which was by Macha. In addition, they were unsuccessful in three attempts to turn double plays, which led to extra base runners for the Huskies.
“They capitalized on our mistakes,” coach Trisha Ford said. “For us to clean up those mistakes is going to be huge. We are very capable of that and that’s the frustrating thing.”
ASU also struggled offensively, bringing forth a different approach to the plate than they normally do. There was a lot of early count swinging, reaching for pitches and overall poor discipline.
“I’m more excited to see how we respond,” Ford said. “It’s more important to see how we come out an play tomorrow. We took a punch. We’re going to get back up and get after it.”
This is the Sun Devils’ first shutout loss of the season in addition to it being their first loss against the competitive Pac-12 Conference. The rubber match will start tomorrow and the win will give either team the morale boost in the conference. First pitch is at 2 p.m.