Arizona State softball (48-10) will host 12-seed Kentucky (41-19) in a Tempe Super Regional series on Saturday and Sunday at Farrington Stadium. A surging Sun Devil squad hopes to make a return trip to the NCAA Tournament finals.
Arizona State had a successful run in the Tempe Regional thanks to the consistent play of ace pitcher Dallas Escobedo and a strong supporting defense. Escobedo is on a 31-consecutive inning streak without an earned run. During the Tempe Regional, she went 3-0 with two shutouts and posted ASU’s first postseason no-hitter.
Junior Mackenzie Popescue has also been a solid performer for the Sun Devils with a 2.03 ERA, 19-6 record, and five shutouts in 31 appearances.
Bailey Wigness has been a star at the plate during the post-season, recording a .667 batting average. In addition, Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman is 3-for-3 with a team-best two home runs, three RBI, and three runs scored.
Kentucky (41-19) won its own home NCAA Regional, defeating Virginia Tech 1-0 in an if-necessary game last Sunday to advance to the Tempe Super Regional. The Wildcats are making their fifth appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and their second Super Regional in school history. Freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley leads the team with a 0.83 post-season ERA.