The No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils were able to defeat No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks, 5-2, by both pitching and hitting.
Through six innings, sophomore Giselle Juarez did not allow a hit to the Gamecocks. That was until senior catcher Alyssa VanDerveer singled up the middle in the top of the seventh Inning. VanDerveer broke up Juarez chance at a no-hitter, but Juarez finished the game with eight strikeouts, two hits and two walks. She only gave up two earned runs. The rest of the game was up to her teammates.
In the bottom of the first, the Sun Devils struck first as junior center fielder Morgan Howe doubled to left center, scoring junior third baseman Taylor Becerra from second. The Sun Devils continued scoring in the bottom of the second.
Freshman Danielle Gibson began the second with a single through the right side of the infield. Then, sophomore shortstop Jade Gortarez homered to right center, giving the Sun Devils the early 3-0 lead.
The Sun Devils would be scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning. With two runners on, junior left fielder Skylar McCarty dropped down a bunt and scored Gortarez from second. Three batters later, Howe singles to left field and scored McCarty from second. In the game, Howe went a perfect 3-3 and had two RBIs.
The Sun Devils will face the Gamecocks at 1 p.m. on May 27 at Alberta B. Farrington Softball Stadium.