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ASU Softball: Offense scores combined 29 runs in doubleheader sweep against San Diego and New Mexico

A lot of runs

Brady Vernon

Game One vs. San Diego

The offense stayed hot in California. It was double and home run galore for Arizona State (11-2) in its 14-2 win over San Diego (5-6) on Friday night.

The Sun Devils broke things open in the seventh featured by three home runs. Maddi Hackbarth blasted a grand slam. Alynah Torres and Jazmine Hill hit home runs after to hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. Arizona State ended up scoring eight runs in the seventh.

The bats didn’t go that deep in the fifth inning, instead it was doubles. MaKenna Harper, Alli Tatnall, Kindra Hackbarth and Maddi Hackbarth all had doubles that led to a four-run inning. The offense had plenty of contributors along with Mailey McLemore adding a RBI.

Maddi Hackbarth ended up with six RBIs, Torres and Tatnall had two apiece.

Cielo Meza had most of the work in the circle for the Sun Devils. She allowed seven hits in six innings that led to a few jams, but managed to get out of them. Meza gave up one run and struck out six. Samantha Mejia tossed the final frame and allowed a run.

Game Two vs. New Mexico

The Sun Devils just kept it rolling in the second game. Hot was no longer the right word to describe Arizona State (12-2) as they were up 11 runs in the second inning before winning 15-0 over New Mexico (6-5).

Four more home runs came from the Sun Devils. Team leader Alynah Torres started it off in the first in the form of a three-run bomb for her seventh of the season. DeNae Chatman, Jazmine Hill, Kiara Kennedy and Halle Harger, her first of the season, all joined in on the fun as well. Kindra Hackbarth added a two-run single and the Sun Devils added two runs via wild pitches.

Samantha Mejia continued to pitch after finishing the first game. In her four innings of work she surrendered only two hits, no runs and had eight strikeouts. Trisha Ford also got freshman Lindsay Lopez to pitch one scoreless inning.

The Sun Devils will have arguably their toughest matchups of the Mary Nutter on Saturday against No. 7 Florida (3:30 p.m. MT) and Notre Dame (6:00 p.m.).