Arizona third baseman Brigette Del Ponte said earlier this week she would be giving her teammates some advice on how to hit against her best friend, ASU freshman Dallas Escobedo.
Escobedo retired the first 16 batters and finished with a one-hitter, keeping the Wildcats at bay until the Sun Devils could break through against Arizona freshman Shelby Babcock. They finally did with two outs in the seventh as Katelyn Boyd hit a grand slam, powering ASU to a 4-0 victory in front of 2,704 at Hillenbrand Stadium.
“She was tough,” Del Ponte said of Escobedo, her childhood friend from the Phoenix area. “She hit her spots well.”
Babcock, filling in for Arizona ace Kenzie Fowler — who is still suffering from concussion symptoms after being stuck in the forehead Sunday by a foul ball — nearly matched Escobedo.