Pac-12 Champs drop game one in Tempe
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 2 University of Oregon softball team (45-8, 18-4) opened its final series of the regular season with a 3-2 loss to No. 5 Arizona State (44-9, 15-7) Thursday afternoon.
Seeing its six-game winning streak come to a close, the Ducks succumbed to a three-run, third inning by the fellow returning World Series advancers.
Oregon scored its pair of runs in the third inning on a two-run homer by sophomore center fielder Janie Takeda after senior left fielder Allie Burger had singled.
The Placentia, Calif., native's shot to right center field was her fifth homer of the season, and her 3-for-3 day raised her season hit total to 83 - second-best all-time for UO. She passed former great Sari-Jane Jenkins (82, 2007) and is now four hits behind the school record of Lisa Wangler (87, 2001).
Takeda also lined her 11th double of the season to start the game, but was called out the next play on a double play line-out.
In her final at-bat, she singled to lead off the sixth inning.
Oregon's other hit in the game came from senior second baseman Kaylan Howard - a two-out single in the first inning.
Collecting five of its six hits in the game in the third inning, ASU opened the stanza with a double and single, then scored on three straight, two-out, RBI singles.
Overall, Duck senior Jessica Moore (24-4) pitched her 11th complete game, struck out five, walked three, yielded six hits, and all three of her runs allowed were earned.
ASU starter Dallas Escobedo (25-4) pitched her 20th complete game of the campaign, struck out 10, walked none, and allowed five hits and two earned runs.
Ranked second nationally as a team in slugging, the Sun Devils had six players hit safely once Friday, but only one rapped an extra-base hit - DP Nikki Girard with her third-inning double.
Looking ahead, the two teams return to action at Farrington Stadium for 5 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday, and both contests will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.