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No. 13 ASU softball unable to overcome slow start in loss to Stanford

The Sun Devils committed three errors in the game, allowing the Cardinal to score two unearned runs

ASU Softball vs UCLA Game

ASU now-fifth year outfielder Kindra Hackbarth (22) throws to second base during a game against UCLA on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Farrington Stadium in Tempe.

No. 13 ASU softball played sloppy defense and failed to adjust in a 6-2 loss against Stanford Friday night in Tempe.

The Sun Devils committed three errors in the game, which helped the Cardinal score two unearned runs.

Sophomore pitcher Lindsay Lopez started the game in the circle and allowed four earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings pitched.

Stanford scored its first run of the game by taking advantage of sloppy ASU defense in the first inning. The Sun Devils hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and committed an error to allow graduate student right fielder Teaghan Cowles to score.

The Cardinal proceeded to score four runs in the second inning, all coming with two outs. Lopez allowed five consecutive batters to reach safely with two outs in the inning.

"I felt like we didn't come ready to play at all today," head coach Trisha Ford said. "(There was) not a lot that we did well today. We have to bounce back and get back out there tomorrow."

ASU scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore right fielder Jazmine Hill hit an RBI double.  

Sophomore shortstop Alynah Torres drove in a run for ASU in the bottom of the third after Stanford committed an error to allow the score. Torres nearly scored a run herself the next play but was ruled out at home plate, a call that brought Ford out of the dugout to debate with the umpire.

The momentum ASU built the previous half-inning died quickly after graduate student second baseman Eleni Spirakis hit a home run in the top of the fourth inning.

"We weren't adjusting soon enough," fifth-year senior center fielder Kindra Hackbarth said. "Hopefully, we come back tomorrow and adjust."

Sophomore Alana Vawter pitched the entire game for Stanford, allowing only two runs and recording seven strikeouts. She helped Stanford win its first game against ASU in Tempe since 2011.

ASU and Stanford will play a doubleheader next on April 10, with the first game starting at 2 p.m. MST and the second starting at 5 p.m.

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