ASU Honors Coach Beach; UNM goes 0-2 in First Day of Kajikawa
Feb. 7, 2013
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TEMPE, Ariz. -- At the games' beginning, the Arizona State Sun Devils and their fans were showing a lot of love for New Mexico Lobo Coach Erica Beach. And then the game's first pitch was thrown.
The Sun Devils did a quick turnabout.
Beach, a former ASU All-American pitcher, was trotted out to home plate right after the team introductions and honored as a recent inductee into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame. Beach was all smiles as she stood in the batter's box and waved to the crowd, mostly Sun Devils, which threw back a lot of love for their former diamond dandy.
The Sun Devils weren't as nice on the field as they handed Beach and her Lobos their second loss of the day, 3-0, to go along with UNM's 5-1 loss to Creighton earlier Wednesday on the same field in Farrington Stadium. The Lobos went 5-0 last year in ASU's Kajikawa Classic.
Beach helped the Sun Devils to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons with Women's College World Series appearances in 1999 and 2002. But Beach was a standout for ASU from the get-to.
As a freshman hurler, she was second team All-Pac 10 (now Pac 12). But Beach didn't just do it for the Sun Devils on the pitching plate. As an ASU rookie, she also led the team in batting average, hits, and total bases.
The Lobos could have used Beach at the plate on Thursday. The Lobos got one hit from senior Kaity Ingram in Thursday night's 3-0 loss to No. 4/4 Arizona State and one run in the Lobos' tourney opener with Creighton. Ingram spoiled a potential no-hitter by ASU ace Dallas Escobedo.
Ingram got a single in the top of the fourth, but UNM was unable to bring her home. ASU scattered five hits throughout the game and put up one run in the second inning and two in the fourth.
The Lobos' freshman lefty pitcher Lauren Soles threw six innings and took the loss. In 26 batters faced, she struck out four and walked two. Escobedo got the win for the Sun Devils. She struck out 15 batters and walked none.
The Lobos play a pair of games on Friday, beginning with Cal Poly at 10:00 a.m., followed by San Jose State at 12:30 p.m.
Creighton Uses Four-Run First Inning To Beat UNM 5-1
The Lobos dropped their season opener to Creighton Thursday afternoon, 5-1, in the opening day of the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
The Lobos got six hits from six different players: Mariah Rimmer, Kaity Ingram, Chelsea Anaya, Jordan Sjostrand, Jordyn Bledsoe and Cassandra Kalapsa. Rimmer, Ingram and Anaya also showed some speed in recording a stolen base apiece.
Creighton used four hits and a UNM miscue in the first inning to put up four runs. The Lobos put up a run in the bottom of the third as Rimmer reached on a single, stole second and was driven in by a single to left center by Ingram.
The Jays tacked on their fifth run in the top of the fifth frame, stringing together a single and a double on two outs.
"We need to come out of the gates strong in our next games," head coach Erica Beach said. "We finished the game strong but definitely need to keep runs off the board early.
"There were some nerves to start the game, so hopefully the team will settle in and we can come out stronger next game."
Senior Kaela DeBreock took the loss, tossing all seven innings. She gave up eight hits and five earned runs while striking out five batters and walking one.
Winning pitcher was Becca Changstrom who also pitched all seven innings, striking out six batters and walking just one.