Softball drops spring break final at Arizona’s 23rd state


TEMPE, Ariz. — For four and a half innings, the Ball State softball team looked set to upset 23rd-ranked Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Farrington Stadium.

freshman pitcher Angelina Russo had the Sun Devils (18-5) on the ropes, allowing no runs and five hits over the first 4.0 innings.

Offensively, the Cardinals (6-13) used another two-out trade to score a pair of runs in the top of the third. Junior third baseman haley wynn started the rally with a double right and second-year transfer receiver McKayla Timmons opened the scoring with an RBI single to the left.

Two batters later, second shortstop Kayla Lissy added an RBI double in the middle, giving Ball State a 2-0 advantage.

Unfortunately, one of the nation’s best offenses came to life in the bottom of the fifth when they used a three-point outburst to take their first lead of the game.

Then, after knocking BSU off the board in the top of the sixth, ASU added six more points in the bottom of the sixth to give the game its final score of 9-2. The game ended before the seventh due to a timeout for Ball State to reach the airport in time for its flight home to Muncie.

The Ball State softball team returns to action on Friday, March 18, when it opens play in the Mizzou Classic with games against No. 16 Northwestern (12:30 p.m. ET / 11:30 a.m. CT) and the tournament host No. 14 Missouri (5:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. CT).


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