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Arizona State Beats Florida To Win Softball National Title

By on June 8th, 2011

The Arizona State Sun Devils are the national champions in softball after beating Florida 7-2 Tuesday night in Oklahoma City to capture the best two of three game playoff by winning two straight games.

Florida scored first in the game as Michelle Moultrie came home on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Schutte in the first inning but that would be the only time the Gators would lead in the game.

Gator coach Tim Walton started senior Stephanie Brombacher in the circle and quickly lost the lead as ASU scored three times in the second to take a 3-1 lead. They made it 5-1 in the third on a two rbi bloop hit by Alix Johnson.

Freshman Hannah Rogers took over in the fourth and didn’t do badly but she did give up two more runs.

Meanwhile ASU freshman pitcher Dallas Escobedo held the powerful Gator lineup to just four hits, becoming the first freshman pitcher in 21 years to lead their team to a national softball title.

She allowed the run in the first and then an rbi hit by Tiffany DeFelice in the seventh but the game was pretty much sealed by that point.

The Gators finish 56-13 and as national runnerup for the second time in school history as the team made its fourth straight appearance in the College World Series.

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