Arizona State pitcher Giselle Juarez shut down the South Carolina Gamecocks by almost throwing a no-hitter during Friday’s game. With eight strikeouts, Juarez helped keep the Gamecocks off the bases, leading to a 5-2 win over South Carolina.
Juarez held No. 11 South Carolina’s (49-16) offense in check by striking out hitters back to back while No. 6 Arizona State (44-11) scored three runs in the first two innings.
"Coach tells us to score early and score often. I think that when we score first, it's a good thing. It gives us momentum and it gets G [Juarez] fired up. It's awesome,” said Arizona State outfielder Morgan Howe.
The Sun Devils added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth after four hits and a Gamecocks fielding error.
“We had some great at bats. Jana [Johns] being one of them with a 14 pitch at bat. Mackenzie Boesel lined out hard to right, right fielder made a great diving play. So I thought we did hit some balls on the nose but who knows, maybe we were pressing too much,” said South Carolina head coach Beverly Smith.
In the top of the seventh, the Gamecocks registered their first hit, off a single up the middle by Alyssa VanDerveer. Kennedy Clark followed with a home run over the right field wall to put the Gamecocks on the scoreboard, 5-2.
Despite Clark’s late-game homerun, the Sun Devils’ offensive start dug a hole early in the game for the Gamecocks.
Mary Freda is a senior news journalism and Spanish major at Ball State University.
In 2018, Mary was one of 10 students selected to participate in Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship, where she was assigned to work at The Star Press as a general assignment, news reporter.
Currently, Mary works as a stringer reporter for The Commercial Review and The Star Press.