Escobedo struggled in the early going against the Spartans. She gave up two runs in the first inning due to a walk, a hit batter, and a two-run error. However, the ace put up a strong performance during the remaining innings, allowing just two walks and retiring the final 12 batters she faced. She threw the first postseason no-hitter in ASU softball history.
“I was a little shaken (after the first inning), but after the third inning I was just like, ‘I’m going to throw my game,’” Escobedo said.
ASU head coach Clint Myers had little doubt about his team’s ability to come back from a shaky start. “There was never a sense of panic. There was never a sense of ‘we got to do more than what we’re currently doing,’” Myers said. “I think that you saw glimpses of what Arizona State could be like. When they had to do things, they got it done.”
Arizona State (46-10) will face Georgia at 3 p.m. Saturday in its quest to advance to the final of the double-elimination regional. Georgia defeated San Diego State 9-3 in Friday’s early game.