TEMPE, Ariz. – The No. 3 Arizona Sun Devils (20-0) scored six runs in the first two innings and six more in the fifth and went on to beat East Carolina (7-11), 13-0, on the second day of the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational on Saturday evening. The Pirates have now lost three-straight games, including two games to ranked team during that stretch.
Sophomore Courtney Smith (0-4) lost her fourth-straight game to start the season and surrendered six run in her one inning in the circle. She allowed six hits and also walked a batter in the contest. Fellow sophomore Sarah Christian came in relief for the Pirates and threw 3.0 innings, while surrendering four runs. Freshman Morgan Eisenga was tagged with three runs in one-third of an inning, while also walking a pair. Mary Beth Smith completed the rest of the game for ECU and threw the final two-thirds on an inning without allowing a run. ASU’s Morgan Popescue (9-0) earned the victory with four shutout innings. Jenna Makis threw the final inning for the Sun Devils and gave up a pair of hits, but was not scored upon.
Juniors Kristi Oshiro, Alex Fieldhouse and Jasmine Robbins plus freshman Kelsi Briggs had the four hits in the game for the Pirates.
The Sun Devils scored three in the opening inning. Alix Johnson led off the game with her first career home run. Cheyenne Coyle followed with a double. Amber Freeman drew a walk and both were driven in on Niki Girard’s double. Mary Spiel drove in the final run of the first with her infield base hit.
The Pirates attempted to counter in the first with Oshiro and Fieldhouse reaching on back-to-back singles. The next two ECU batters were retired though on an infield fly out and a strikeout to squander that chance.
Coyle’s second extra base hit of the game, a home run after a Johnson lead-off walk, in the second added two more to the lead for ASU.
ASU added a single tally in the third inning as a Johnson single plated Spiel, who had started the rally by being hit by a Christian pitch.
In the fourth, junior Jordan Lewis walked, but was quickly erased as senior Kai Clark lined into a double play to end the frame.
Johnson continued to torment the Pirate pitchers with her second home run and fourth hit of the game in the fifth inning with both Spiel and Wigness on base. Spiel started the frame by being hit by a pitch and Wigness followed with a bunt single. The home run drove in three of the six runs in the inning for ASU to make the final margin 13-0.
The Pirates complete play in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational and play against North Dakota on Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. (ET).