Lack of runs and a shortage of wins has been the headlines for Arizona State (26-17, 6-10 Pac-12) over the past month. On a nine-game losing streak, the Sun Devils needed to find answers quickly on their road trip in a crucial series versus Stanford (31-11, 7-6) with postseason implications.
On Friday, the plan was simply, get back to the forumla from earlier this season. Hit the ball hard and hit the ball far was the roots of most ASU victories before their sour skid started. Home runs from three different players carried the Sun Devils to a 10-4 win.
Sophomore first baseman DeNae Chatman led the way against the Cardinal with a four-RBI night. Stanford took an early lead in the second, Chatman answered back with her ninth homer of the season to tie it up. A RBI-single in the sixth by the first baseman gave ASU its first lead since March 24 against Utah.
Chatman started the offense, but head coach Trisha Ford helped blow the contest open. With the bases loaded a few batters later, Ford decided to turn to her powerful freshman, Yannira Acuna. In her pinch hit appearance for Taylor Becerra, Acuna scorched one out of the park for a grand slam to make it 6-1.
Sophomore second baseman Bella Loomis and Chatman each sent a long ball out in the seventh when the Devis scored four insurance runs.
Stanford battled back with three runs in the sixth after ASU’s big inning, but thanks to Chatman and Loomis, right-handed pitcher Samantha Mejia closed the game with comfort.