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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:23 am | Updated: 6:03 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona State has received a commitment from 6-foot-3 shooting guard Ty Abbott of Phoenix Desert Vista High.

Abbott said late Tuesday night he expected to sign a letter of intent today. He’s the fifth member of a recruiting class that also includes top 100 prospects James Harden and Jamelle McMillan.

Abbott signed with New Mexico but was granted his release after the firing of coach Ritchie McKay in March. A big senior season helped raise his profile among Pac-10 programs.

“It’s exciting to be able to stay here and play in front of my family and everything,” said Abbott, who chose ASU over Washington and Washington State. “That was the biggest thing.”

WOMEN'S GOLF

• The No. 1-ranked Arizona State women’s golf team continued to hold onto the lead Tuesday through the second round of the Pac-10 championships in Seattle.

ASU shot 12-over for a two-round total of 21-over 597 (297-300). UCLA is in second place, seven strokes behind.

Also continuing to lead the individual standings was ASU freshman Anna Nordqvist, who shot even-par in the second round for a total of 4-under 140 (68-72). The tournament concludes today.

MEN’S GOLF

• Arizona State’s Niklas Lemke remained tied for second place after three rounds of the Pac-10 men’s golf championships in Eugene, Ore., but USC is running away with the team competition.

Lemke birdied three of the final six holes to shoot a 4-under 68 Tuesday to sit at 9-under 207, five shots behind USC’s Jamie Lovemark.

The Trojans are 35-under as a team heading into today’s final round, well ahead of UCLA (-12) and ASU (-4).

SOFTBALL

• Ariozna State crushed five home runs to set a single-season team record of 68, three in a stellar come-from-behind victory Tuesday afternoon as they swept the UNLV Rebels 9-0 and 10-9 in a doubleheader at Farrington Stadium. ASU is now 44-11 overall.

Katie Burkhart also made history as the first Sun Devil in history to reach the 1,000 career strikeout mark, a feat only 30 others in NCAA history have done.

Game one saw Megan Elliott pitch a two-hit shutout as she claimed her 17th win.

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