Sierra Romero hit a two-run shot for her 23rd home run of the season, Sara Driesenga threw a seven-hit shutout and eighth-seeded Michigan beat Arizona State 2-0 early Sunday in a Women's College World Series elimination game.
Romero's third-inning smash against starter Dallas Escobedo (30-6) landed on a walkway at the front of the right-field bleachers. Arizona State, the 2008 and 2011 national champions, was shut out for the first time all season.
Driesenga (31-8) allowed seven singles and walked three as Michigan (51-12) advanced to another elimination game later Sunday against Washington.
The fifth-seeded Sun Devils (50-12) failed to score after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. Amber Freeman grounded into a double play and, after cleanup hitter Haley Steele was walked intentionally, Bethany Kemp struck out swinging.
The first pitch wasn't until six minutes before midnight because the preceding game between Florida and Nebraska went 15 innings. It didn't get over until nearly 2:30 a.m.
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