ASU softball secured their first two wins of the season defeating Purdue and Nebraska on Day Two of the Kajikawa Classic.
After a rare Opening Day loss for ASU softball, the Sun Devils bounced back on Day Two of the Kajikawa Classic defeating Purdue 9-1 in six innings and Nebraska 6-4.
In the first game against the Boilermakers, pitcher Dale Ryndak made her first start of the season throwing 5.2 innings allowing one earned run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The only blemish Ryndak had Friday afternoon was a solo home run from Purdue designated player Alexa Binckes in the fourth inning tying the game at one after first baseman Danielle Gibson homered in the second inning.
Arizona State ended the game strong recording four runs each in the fifth and sixth inning to secure the run-rule win.
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Catcher Maddi Hackbarth continued her hot start to her ASU career driving in five runs with an RBI double in the fifth inning and the game-ending grand slam in the sixth inning.
Gibson finished the game with three RBIs after hitting a two-run single to go along with her solo home run.
Center fielder Morgan Howe led the team with three hits in the game with three other players recording two hits.
The second game versus Nebraska Friday night looked like another comfortable win for the Sun Devils as they led 5-0 after three innings.
Howe began the game with a solo home run in the first inning followed by the Sun Devils scoring four in the second inning due to Cornhusker errors, a fielder’s choice and a sac fly.
Nebraska wouldn’t go down easily though as they scored four runs of their own in the following half-inning versus pitcher Breanna Macha.
Cornhusker third baseman Alex Perry drove in a run on a double play with catcher Bri Cassidy hitting a three-run homer to make it 5-4.
Macha’s night would end there after four innings allowing four earned runs on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Giselle Juarez, who started Thursday’s game versus Tennessee, came on in relief and picked up the save throwing three hitless innings and two strikeouts.
The Sun Devils added an insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI double from right fielder Nichole Chilson to make it 6-4, which would end up being the final score.
Arizona State improved to 2-1 on the season and will play Notre Dame Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. MT as the game can be seen on Pac-12 Arizona.