TEMPE, Az.— McNeese State's softball team recorded the program's biggest win here Friday night at the Kajikawa Classic with a 3-1 win over Arizona State, the defending champs and the nation's top ranked team. The win improves the Cowgirls to 2-1 overall.
"I'm so happy for our program, the university and the city. Our team motto for the season was "Competitively Great" and today we were Competitively Great with two wins over Pac-12 schools including the defending national champs," said head coach Mike Smith.
McNeese picked up six hits in the game with one hit coming from Claire Terracina, Dani Price, Ashley Modzelewski, Marissa Koetting and Katie Roux. Senior Tiffany Denham picked up her first victory of the season by going the distance and striking out four and giving up only three hits.
Cowgirls took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fist when Alanna DiVittorio advanced to first on a walk. Stacey Conley then reached on an error that sent DiVittoiro to second. Both players advanced one base on a ground out by Ashley Modzelewski. A single by Dani Price scored DiVittorio to give the Cowgirls a 1-0 lead.
The Sun Devils tied the game in the top of the third on a RBI single to left by A. Lockwood that scored Christina Zmabrana. Zambrana reached base on a Cowgirl error to begin the Arizona State at bat.
McNeese retook the lead in the fourth on two runs on three hits for a 3-1 Cowgirl lead. Following a ground out by Price, Marissa Koetting walked then advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Roux singled to right center, scoring Koetting to give McNeese a 2-1 lead. Lindsey Langner singled to advance Roux to second. Following a Sun Devil pitching change, Terracina single to left center to score Roux for a 3-1 Cowgirl lead.
McNeese was held scoreless for the next two innings but so were the Sun Devils. Bailey Wigness led the inning off with a walk then Talor Haro reached on a fielder's choice and Wigness was out at second on the play. After a single to right by K. Boyd, Cowgir pitcher Tiffany Denham struck out Zambrane and then Annie Lockwood grounded out two Denham to end the game.
"Our girls just battled. When we needed the big hits, we got them and when we needed the big plays, we made them. I'm proud to see that all the hard work they did in the Fall is paying off. All I wanted them to do it to buy into my philosophy and they would see results," said Smith.