Game 4: Arizona State 3, Oregon 1
- The third-seeded Arizona State Sun Devils (52-9) closed day one of the WCWS with a 3-1 win over Oregon (44-17). Tonight’s attendance of 8,235 set a WCWS Session 2 record.
- ASU’s win moves it to 53-36 all-time against Oregon (the Sun Devils hold a 2-1 advantage this season).
- The Sun Devils improved to 17-14 all-time in the WCWS. This is their 10th appearance in the event.
- Oregon, making its second WCWS appearance and first since 1989, dropped to 1-3 all-time in the event.
- Arizona State freshman Amber Freeman produced her 41st RBI of the year, driving home fellow freshman Haley Steele in the first inning to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead.
- ASU sophomore pitcher Dallas Escobedo improved to 24-6 on the year and is now tied with three Sun Devils for ninth on the program’s single-season wins list. She is also tied with Desiree Serrano (2003-06) for sixth in ASU career wins (63).
- Escobedo earned the complete-game victory, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out five. Oregon’s run was unearned.
- With the victory, ASU improved to 3-7 in the WCWS versus Pac-12 opponents. The Sun Devils’ last conference victory in the WCWS came against UCLA in 2008 (4-0).
- Junior pitcher Jessica Moore (32-14) threw a complete game in defeat for Oregon, allowing just three hits in 6.0 innings. Only one of ASU’s three runs was earned. In postseason play, Moore has pitched 47 of the team’s 48 innings. She fell to 8-6 in her postseason career.
- Ducks junior Samantha Pappas hit her 17th double of the season in the first inning, moving her into second place in school single-season history (one behind the school record set by Missy Coe in 1999).
- Oregon senior Christie Nieto extended her consecutive on-base streak to 18 games (longest streak by a Duck this year) by hitting a double in the seventh inning. Nieto had been tied with junior Kaylan Howard, who had reached base in 17 straight games earlier this season.
- Arizona State will face No. 2 seed Alabama Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT, while Oregon will face Tennessee Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT in an elimination game.
- Arizona State and Alabama last squared off at the WCWS in 2009, with Alabama winning 6-2. Alabama leads the all-time series 5-4, while Arizona State holds a 2-1 advantage in contests at the WCWS.
- Tennessee leads Oregon 2-1 in the overall series. The last meeting came back in 2008, which UT won 5-0. Oregon’s only win came in 1998 by a 4-2 count.