SOFTBALL RECAP: Arizona State 3, Oregon 1

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


OKLAHOMA CITY - Dallas Escobedo tossed a five-hitter and worked out of a difficult jam in the top of the seventh inning Thursday night as two-time national champion Arizona State subdued Oregon 3-1 in a battle of Pac-12 Conference powers at the Women's College World Series.
Escobedo struck out five and walked one, throwing just 96 pitches for the complete-game effort in the opening-round victory. She gave up her only run in the seventh after an error by second baseman Sam Parlich put runners at first and third with no outs.
But Sara Goodrum lined into a double play as third baseman Haley Steele caught the ball and doubled Alexa Peterson off third. Escobedo then struck out pinch-hitter Hannah Melick.
No. 3 Arizona State took a 1-0 lead in the first on Amber Freeman's RBI double, then tacked on two runs in the third on an error by shortstop Kelsey Chambers.
The No. 11 Ducks lost a run in the first when Samantha Pappas was called out for leaving third base early on Chambers' fly ball to right field. Replays appeared to show the call was incorrect.
Arizona State plays Alabama Friday night, while Oregon meets Tennessee Saturday in an elimination game.