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Jones and Denby lead softball to Pac-12 quarterfinals

STANFORD, California – Three early runs would be all Deborah Jones needed to power Sun Devil softball past Oregon State 3-1 in the first round of the 2024 Pac-12 Softball Tournament.

Arizona State (20-30) took a 1-0 lead with two outs in the top of the second inning when Samantha Swan singled and then scored on a double by Libby Walsh. ASU opened the third inning with back-to-back doubles of Tanya Windel And Alesia Denby to take a 2-0 lead. Denby then scored on a double steal to give the Sun Devils a 3-0 lead.

Jones then took over in the circle and dominated the game. After walking two in the first inning, she went on a rampage, retiring 12 Oregon State batters (21-29) before allowing her first hit in the fifth. The Beavers broke through with a run in the sixth inning, but it was too little too late as Jones retired the last four batters she faced to secure the win.

Jones completed the entire game, allowing three hits and striking out five. Denby recorded a season-high three hits at the plate, while Walsh added two.

The win advances the Sun Devils to the quarterfinals, where they will meet top- and sixth-seeded UCLA at 4 p.m.

COMMENTS

  • This was the fourth time this season that ASU hit multiple triples in the same game.
  • The 17 triples this season are the most since 18 in 1994 and rank ninth in program history.
  • This is the Sun Devils’ first win at the Pac-12 Tournament, which began in 2023.
  • Denby recorded her first three-hit game since April 22, 2023 for Fresno State against Nevada. It was her eighth multi-hit game of the season.
  • Walsh’s multi-hit game is her seventh of the season. She added her sixth RBI against Oregon State.