Softball Sun Devils defeat Stanford, securing third consecutive Pac-12 series win

Lindsay Lopez pitched a complete game on only 64 pitches

No. 13 ASU softball picked up the series win over Stanford with a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

After recording just one hit over the last two games, fifth year centerfielder Kindra Hackbarth immediately put ASU on the board with a leadoff home run to left field.

"It's definitely nice getting ahead in the first inning before the other team," Kindra Hackbarth said. "It's a good confidence booster, especially for our hitting."

In the third inning, sophomore right fielder Jazmine Hill continued her own hot hitting with a solo shot to centerfield. Senior infielder Bella Loomis recorded an RBI single in the fourth inning and fifth year catcher Maddi Hackbarth added on the third solo home run of the day for ASU in the fifth.

"I got back to just the simple things: See ball. Hit ball," Maddi Hackbarth said. "I took my walks when they gave them to me and got my hits when I needed them."

Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Lopez was on cruise control all day, not allowing a run until the seventh inning. Lopez pitched a complete game and allowed four hits on just 64 pitches.

According to ASU head coach Trisha Ford, she and Lopez had "a good talk today before the game" on what adjustments Lopez needed to make.

"Kind of spreading that plate out a little bit," Ford said. "I thought she did a much better job of commanding the inner half of the plate. She was very, very efficient today."

After losing their first Pac-12 series of the season to UCLA, ASU has now won three in a row. The Sun Devils will look to keep that momentum when going against their rivals, the UA Wildcats. The first game of the weekend series will take place April 16 at 6 p.m. MST.


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