Propelled by Katie Burkhart’s three-hit, 12-strikeout performance against Illinois and Megan Elliott’s all-around effort against Longwood, the No. 5 Arizona State softball team claimed two wins Saturday in the second day of the Diamond Devil Invite at Tempe.
ASU (33-7) defeated Illinois 6-2 and Longwood 12-1 in six innings.
In the first game, Burkhart gave up a home run to the first batter she faced, then fanned 12 Illini.
In the second game, Elliott held the Lancers to six hits and one run with seven strikeouts for her 15th win of the season
She also had a good day at the plate with a grand slam for the Sun Devils.
ASU will take on the winner of Illinois and Longwood in the championship game at noon today.
• Both Arizona State tennis squads picked up 6-1 victories Saturday against in-state rival Arizona with the women (9-6) beating the Wildcats in Tucson, and the Sun Devil men (9-6) topping their visitors at Whiteman Tennis Center.
• Sylvia Nieto had five hits, drove in two runs and scored twice in two games as Glendale Community College swept a doubleheader from host Paradise Valley Community College, 5-1 and 3-0.
The Pumas fell to 11-21 overall and 1-15 in Arizona Community College Athletic Conference play.
• No. 11 Arizona State opened a two-game road trip with a loss to host No. 3 USC, 15-8, in Los Angeles.
The Sun Devils slipped to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
• The Arizona Sting (7-2) lost 14-12 to the Calgary Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action at Calgary, Alberta.
• Arizona swept its doubleheader with Northern Colorado (7-12) by scores of 12-0 and 6-2. The Wildcats (20-6) extended their winning streak to six straight and picked up their 999th and 1,000th all-time wins at Sancet Stadium.
MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY
• Jason Tejchma tallied two goals and the Fresno Falcons erased a 3-1 deficit in the second period with three straight power-play goals to defeat the Phoenix RoadRunners 4-3 before 6,304 Saturday at US Airways Center in ECHL action.