TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 7 Arizona State’s late-game offensive surge proved to be too much for the FGCU softball team as it fell, 7-0, on Wednesday night at Farrington Stadium.
With the loss, FGCU drops to 9-13 on the season, while the Sun Devils improve to 19-1 and extend their winning streak to 15 games.
Sophomore Mariah Fernández (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) accounted for three of the Eagles’ six hits as she went 3-for-3 on the night.
Arizona State tallied its first run in the second inning when Kaylyn Castillo brought home pinch-runner Mary Spiel for a 1-0 lead. Spiel punch ran for Krista Donnenwirth who started the inning with a single to the pitcher.
The FGCU offense had three hits over the next two innings, but left each runner stranded. The Eagles’ biggest threat came in the fourth when redshirt sophomore Lindsey Green (Bowling Green, Ky./Greenwood) fired a double to right center, moving Fernández to third. With two outs, the ASU defense ended the Eagles’ scoring chance with an easy ground out to second.
Senior starting pitcher Kelci Breaux (Okeechobee, Fla./Brevard CC) and the FGCU defense held Arizona State hitless in the third and fourth before it posted three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-0 lead. With a runner on first, back-to-back singles scored the first run and a Lesley Rogers’ two-RBI single plated the other runners.
A solo shot from Castillo and a two-run home run from Talor Haro tacked on three more runs in the sixth to give the Sun Devils a 7-0 lead and the game.
Breaux (1-3) took the loss, giving up six hits, four earned runs and one walk in 4.2 innings of work. Arizona State starter Hillary Bach (4-0) got the win, surrendering five hits and two walks in four innings.
FGCU stays in Tempe, Ariz., to participate in the Diamond Devil Tournament. The Eagles open with Creighton at 4:30 p.m. before a second meeting with the Sun Devils at 9 p.m. on Thursday.