TEMPE - Dallas Escobedo does her best to not get flustered in the circle. But after giving up two runs in the first inning to San Jose State on Friday, thanks to a walk, a hit batter and a costly two-run error, the junior right-hander couldn't help but feel a little frustrated.
That frustration didn't knock her off her game, however, as Escobedo shut down San Jose State from there to throw the first postseason no-hitter in Arizona State softball history. No. 5 ASU came from behind to defeat San Jose State 5-2 at Farrington Stadium in the Sun Devils' first game of the NCAA tournament's Tempe Regional.
ASU (46-10) will face Georgia at 3 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to the final of the double-elimination regional. Georgia beat San Diego State 9-3 in the early game Friday.
San Jose State (42-16) got two unearned runs in the top of the first after ASU sophomore left fielder Elizabeth Caporuscio misplayed a fly ball with two outs. That, combined with being called for two illegal pitches in the first two innings for lifting her back foot on her delivery, rattled Escobedo early on before she was able to settle down.
"I was a little shaken, because I was so caught off guard with the illegal pitches," she said. "But after the third inning I was just like, 'I'm going to throw my game and if she calls it, oh well.'"
No more illegal pitches were called and Escobedo (26-4) was dominant over the final six innings, allowing just two walks the rest of the way and retiring the final 12 batters she faced.
"I don't think we got enough hits to win," San Jose State coach Peter Turner deadpanned to open his postgame news conference.
Sophomore catcher Amber Freeman hit her 17th homer in the bottom of the first inning and Caporuscio delivered a sacrifice fly in the second to tie the game at 2.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, when junior shortstop Cheyenne Coyle came up with two on and two outs. She hit a hard grounder to San Jose State shortstop BranDee Garcia, who threw high to first, allowing junior right fielder Bailey Wigness to score from second with the go-ahead run on the error.