The fifth-ranked Arizona State softball team hit six home runs en route to topping No. 10 California in five innings, 10-2. Saturday's game will be at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.
The Sun Devils improve to 40-7, 12-5 in conference, marking the eighth time that Clint Myers has led Arizona State to a 40+ win season under his watch. California falls to 35-10 overall and 9-7 in the Pac-12 in its first mercy rule loss of the year.
Both Cheyenne Coyle and Amber Freeman went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. Coyle had two homers and Freeman had one. Dallas Escobedo struck out nine for her 23rd win of the season (23-4). Cal's Nisa Ontiveros falls to 4-2 after leaving the circle following seven batters faced. ASU's six runs in the bottom of the first commenced the hitting spree in what would lead to 10 runs on 11 hits during the game.
Sun Devil softball returns on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT. It will be on the Pac-12 Network. The series will also conclude on TV on the conference network with a 3 p.m. PT first pitch Sunday.
Parlich's grand slam is ASU's fifth of the season.
ASU is 35-2 when scoring first, 17-2 when scoring in first inning.
Clint Myers has won at least 40 games in each of his eight years at ASU (2006-present).
ASU is 11-5 against ranked teams in 2013.
ASU has 15 mercy rule wins on the year, three in the Pac-12 (No. 23 Oregon State, No. 14 Stanford, No. 10 California).
The six homers from ASU against California is a new season best for single game homers. Previously the team had hit five homers in a single game on two occasions.
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