As the first game of the 2018 Women’s College World Series went underway, the ASU team saw a total of 41-1 when scoring for the first time in the series.
Denae Chatman lead the team, managing a two-run home run in the first innings of the event, which was against the number 1 Oregon Ducks. The Sun Devils look to be ahead in the odds, especially thanks to their sophomore pitcher Giselle Juarez.
The beginner victories didn’t last too long, as the Ducks were quick to rebound, finally turning the tide in their favour and walking away victorious with a final score of 11-6 against ASU. This marks the second overall loss for the Sun Devils after scoring the first run of their game.
Trisha Ford, head coach of ASU told reporters that she believed that a team needs to be on point in every way in order to best a team like Oregon. She went on to say that some things didn’t go their way in terms of defence, and it ultimately cost them the game. Ford added lastly that the speed of the game got to the players, and they became overwhelmed in the end.
Spectators speculate that defence was the deciding factor for ASU, and the constant, mounting pressure from the Ducks caused ASU to buckle. This led to two errors on behalf of ASU that saw an unearned run of Juarez, and a few more mistakes in their defence.
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