Bianca Cruz’s two-run home run and Katie Burkhart’s 11 strikeouts combined to give the No. 7 ASU softball team its second conference win as the Sun Devils topped No. 12 Washington 2-1 Saturday in Seattle.
The Sun Devils are now 36-7 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-10 play with another game against the Huskies today.
The game turned out to be a standard Pac-10 pitching duel, pitting aces Burkhart and Danielle Lawrie against one another. Lawrie retired the first nine batters in the game before hitting Jessica Mapes with a pitch to break the streak.
Burkhart cruised to her 18th win of the season, striking out 11 and allowing only five hits.
• No. 11 Arizona State rebounded from a tough loss one night earlier to score a pair of victories to win its side of the bracket on the first day of the ASU Invitational at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
With their 18-6 defeat of Redlands and 12-6 victory over No. 12 UC Santa Barbara, the Sun Devils improved to 7-10 overall on the season.
• Pima Community College swept a doubleheader from host Paradise Valley Community College Saturday by identical 10-0 scores. Pima, the defending National Junior College Athletic Association Division I champs, won the first game in five innings and the second game in six.
PVCC fell to 12-24 overall, 2-18 in the Arizona Community College Athletic Association.
In their final home dual match of the season, the Arizona State men opened the Pac-10 regular season 2-0 with a 6-1 victory over Stanford at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe.
At Palo Alto, Calif., the top-ranked Stanford women proved to be too much for the Sun Devils as ASU lost 5-2.
MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY
• Lance Monych scored two goals, including a late insurance tally with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, to lead the Phoenix Road-Runners to a 4-2 victory over the Fresno Falcons in ECHL action Saturday.
The RoadRunners (27-36-5) jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on an Olivier Latendresse power-play goal.
TRACK AND FIELD
• At the Arizona International in Tucson, Marquis Profit won the 400m hurdles in 51.49, the eight-fastest mark in school history and the first time a mark has made the ASU Top 10 list since 1988.
Domenik Peterson also had a hand in four regional qualifiers. Peterson placed second in the 200m (20.74) and 400m (46.55) events, and ran on the winning 4x400 and secondplace 4x100 relay teams.
In women’s sprints, Latosha Wallace won the 400m dash in 52.49, the seventh best mark in school history and the third fastest in the nation so far this season.
At the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., three Sun Devils earned regional qualifying marks, including two women (Amy Hastings and Corey Randall) in the 5,000m run and one man (Kyle Alcorn) in the 3,000m steeplechase.
• The Arizona Sting edged the San Jose Stealth 10-9 at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday, ending San Jose’s five game win streak. The Sting improved to 9-4.