ASU softball was swept by No. 4 Washington through a powerful display of offense and defense for the Huskies, who outscored the Sun Devils 23-6.
The Sun Devils entered into the weekend losing six in row getting swept by No. 8 Arizona and No. 1 UCLA. They were looking for their first win since March 24 where they made an eight-run comeback versus Utah.
They looked to get back in the winning column on Friday to hopefully pull off an upset win versus the Huskies and be in a good situation to win the series. One thing that was clear is things did not go to plan.
Huskies went up early 4-0 in the second inning of the game. They would add one more in fourth to create a solid lead for Washington.
Sun Devils would respond with a junior catcher Maddi Hackbarth home run in fifth and three more runs in the sixth. Washington would respond with three of their own which would give them a win on Friday 8-4.
Washington would start game two on the same note as the first with a strong start scoring one in the first inning. They added one more in the third giving them a 2-0 lead heading to top of the fourth.
The Sun Devils offense would tie the game through a junior shortstop Jade Gortarez two-run home run. Huskies offense would explode the game open responding in the same inning with five runs of their own.
They would go on and add two more runs in the next two innings giving them a 9-2 win. The momentum would not stop there for Washington as they shout out ASU and got a 6-0 win plus the sweep over the Sun Devils.
The Sun Devils now have lost nine in a row and have a record of 25-17 on the year.
The positives of the weekend for the Sun Devils is Maddi Hackbarth. With her home run, she is now tied for ninth-place in program history on the single season home run list with 17. She is three home runs away from tying first place at 20 home runs.
Another interesting stat of the weekend is Hackbarth threw out junior Sis Bates when she tried to steal on Saturday. Bates was nine for nine on stolen base attempts before then.
The Sun Devils will now have time to reset as they have a bye week. They will face Stanford on the road in a three game series that starts on April 26.