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WCWS: Arizona State Offense Downs Missouri

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Arizona State offense pounded out 13 hits en route to a 7-3 victory over Missouri on Saturday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. 

With the victory, Arizona State (47-17) advances to face Pac-10 rival Washington at 6 pm CT on Friday evening while Missouri (50-11) falls to the losers bracket and will face Georgia in an elimination game at 11 am CT on Saturday. 

Arizona State scored early and often, particularly in the first two innings of the game. After pitcher Hillary Bach retired the tigers in order in the top of the first inning. Each of the first five Sun Devils to walk to the plate ran the bases with four reaching via singles and one with a walk. That stretch plated three runs for ASU, giving them the early lead. 

It was more of the same in the second inning for the Sun Devils. Ashley Muenz led off the inning with a walk before Jessica Mapes singled and Kaitlin Cochran walked to load the bases early. A ground out from Kaylyn Castillo plated Muenz and advanced the next two runners. Krista Donnenwirth reached on a fielders choice with no out recorded, and a Taylor Haro single scored Mapes. A third runner, Cochran, would score on a fielders choice off the bat of Katie Crabb to make the score 6-0 after two innings of play. 

The Tigers got one run back in the third inning. Right fielder Marla Schweisberger led off the frame with a single, scoring on a two-out double from Rhea Taylor. A second run would come across in the sixth inning thanks to a Sun Devil error and a Schweisberger solo home run in the seventh completed the scoring. 

Four Sun Devils had multiple hits in the game, led by Jessica Mapes who was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and Taylor Haro who was 4-for-4 with three RBI. 

Winning pitcher Hillary Bach improves to 31-9 on the season. She struck out two and walked one over seven innings. Chelsea Thomas took the loss for Missouri and falls to 16-6 on the year. She pitched two innings, allowing six runs before being relieved by Stacy Delaney. Delaney pitched four innings, striking out two.