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ASU Softball: Coach Trisha Ford reaches milestone in victory over California

200 victories in a six-year career for the second-year head coach.

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Head coach Trisha Ford has made an impressive impact to start her Sun Devil career, but this afternoon she reached a milestone that will go down in her personal record book.

No. 12 ASU's (26-4) 3-1 victory over No. 20 California (24-7) notched Ford her 200th victory in her coaching career.

After four seasons with Fresno State, Ford continues to boost her status in her second season at ASU. Her overall head coaching record is now 200-99-1 in the six seasons.

This game took an extra three innings to credit a victor. ASU and Cal were held scoreless for five innings before each scoring a run in the sixth. ASU senior Breanna Macha completed seven innings allowing the one unearned run, six hits, one walk, and struck out nine. Sophomore Giselle ‘G’ Juarez pitched the three extra innings and was credited the victory; one day after a career-best 17 strikeout performance Friday. She pitched perfect softball and struck out eight.

Shortstop Jade Gortarez led the Devils offensively with three hits — two of them doubles — and scored the winning run in the 10th inning. Junior center fielder Morgan Howe doubled Gortarez in and freshman first basemen Danielle Gibson drove Howe in one batter later to secure the victory.

Gibson continues to show offensive prowess. She has now hit safely in six-straight games. During the stretch, she has totaled nine hits, three of them for extra bases, and driven in eight runs. As of yesterday, she leads the team in average, doubles, home runs, RBIs, slugging and on base percentage.

ASU and Cal will finish their series tomorrow at 3 p.m.