For the third time this season, Kaitlin Cochran and Katelyn Boyd hit back-to-back home runs as the sixth-ranked Arizona State softball team picked up its second conference victory over Oregon State Saturday at Farrington Stadium with an 11-3, five inning win.
ASU’s record now goes to 2-0 in the Pac-10 and 30-5 overall while the Beavers fall to 1-2 in the conference and 16-15 on the season.
Giving up three runs to the Beavers in the first, the ASU offense came back hard with a three home runs in the bottom of the inning. Going yard first was Kaitlin Cochran, landing a three run shot to center field scoring Jessica Mapes and Lesley Rogers.
Directly following was a solo shot by Katelyn Boyd touching down over the right center fence. Wrapping up the seven run inning was another three run homer by Caylyn Carlson to plate Katie Crabb and Renee Welty.
• The Arizona State men’s swimming and diving team closed out their time at the NCAA Championships with a 31st placing. The Sun Devils scored 14 points.
Micky Benedetti led the way for the team for the second straight day. The senior diver closed out his Sun Devil career with a 12th place finish on the platform. Benedetti scored 381 points in the effort.
Vinicius Waked also competed for the Sun Devils. The senior finished out his collegiate career clocking in at 44.13 in the 100 freestyle.
• A late race charge by former dirt modified champion Ricky Thornton, Jr. propelled him by three time champion Anthony Madrid on the final lap of the 20 lap main event Friday night at Manzanita Speedway. Madrid, who was seeking his 124th career win, took the lead at the drop of the green flag but Thornton, who started eighth, got his nose in front as they completed the 18th lap and completed the pass of the final lap.
Jay Foster finished third ahead of Tim Ward and Chuck Kuehl.
• Scott Burt scored two goals as he lifted the Alaska Aces over the Phoenix RoadRunners 3-1 Saturday night in front of a season-high 6,465 fans at US Airways Center.
With the loss, Phoenix remained seven points behind Utah four the fourth and final playoff spot in the West Division. Utah’s magic number for clinching the spot is one.