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ASU Closes Out Tourney With Sunday Sweep

2018-03-02T11:51:27+00:00 February 12th, 2018|, , |0 Comments

By Maren Angus

When the final out was made between Arizona State and Saint Mary’s (CA) Sunday evening, the 2018 Kajikawa Classic came to an end.

ASU closes tournament with a Sunday sweep
The Sun Devils pulled out a gutsy performance in a 2-1 win over Indiana in their first game on Sunday. ASU took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Morgan Howe singled in Kindra Hackbarth. Howe pushed the lead to 2-0 with an RBI double in the fifth. Makayla Ferrari tried to rally the Hoosiers in the sixth with a solo homer but ASU was able to shut the door.

In the 76th and final game of the tournament, ASU held off a scrappy Saint Mary’s 8-4 in a drop-dead six-inning game.  The Sun Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning only to see it disappear in the top of the second.  ASU regained the lead 5-3 in the bottom half of the second and never looked back. Howe finished 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Maddi Hackbarth was 2-for-3 and also had three RBIs.

Northwestern off to best start in 10 years
Northwestern’s 4-1 record over the weekend is the best start to a season since it went 4-0 at Kajikawa in 2008. The Wildcats scored in the first inning in four of their five games and run-ruled two opponents.

Senior Sabrina Rabin scored seven runs over the weekend, giving here 158 in her career.  She sits in third on NU’s all-time runs scored list. She also eclipsed the 200 hits mark.

In the final game of the weekend, Northwestern run ruled South Dakota 13-5 in five innings. NU scored five in the first and three in the second before USD closed the lead to 8-5. Two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth was enough to end the game in favor of Northwester.

Utah finishes strong
After putting up 17 in their opening game of Kajikawa, the Utah Utes dropped three to straight to Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee before getting a win against Saint Mary’s (CA) on Sunday afternoon.

Hailey Hilburn got her second win of the weekend, allowing one run on two hits in 5.1 innings.  Katie Donovan got her first save of the season. BreOnna Castaneda and Heather Bowen finished the weekend with seven hits a piece and drove in five runs. 

No-no for McQuillin, homers for Harper
Taylor McQuillin threw her first career no-hitter against New Mexico Sunday in a 8-0 run-rule victory in Tempe.  The junior struck out 11 of 16 batters she faced and had a perfection game broken up with a one-out walk in the fifth. It was the 91st no-hitter in program history.

Jessie Harper launched two more home runs in the game to give her four in two games. She drove in five of UA’s eight runs. Aleah Craighton also hit a home run, her second of the season.

Oregon State ends Arizona trip on high note
A win over Missouri on Sunday sent the Beavers back to Corvallis with a 4-1 record. Meehra Nelson pitch five innings of two-hit ball in a 3-1 win over the Tigers.  Mariah Mazon earned her first career save with two innings of work.

Camryn Ybarra secured some insurance when she lined one to center and scored two. Shelby Weeks finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two walked.

Grand Canyon hosts successful first tournament at new stadium
GCU hosted the Grand Canyon Kickoff Tournament in Phoenix over the weekend. Teams that attended were defending back-to-back National Champion Oklahoma, Pacific, Weber State and Montana.

The Lopes downed Weber State to close out the tournament on Sunday afternoon 7-4 in eight innings.  Niki Gonzalez opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning.  Five other players recorded at least one RBI in the contest. Kendsey Hill finished with two.

Brianna Aguilar-Beaucage pitched a complete game. She allowed five hits, four runs, two earned runs, two walks and struck out two.

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