Mindy Cowles hit a game-winning two-run home run and Kaitlin Cochran hit .571 on the day as top-ranked Arizona State grabbed two more softball wins Saturday on the second day of the Diamond Devil Invitational at Farrington Stadium.
The Sun Devils topped No. 17 San Diego State 3-1 in eight innings and Pacific 10-3. The Sun Devils (26-1) take a 23-game win streak into the finale today at 1 p.m. against the University of San Diego.
Left-hander David Coulon tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts over eight shutout innings and leadoff hitter Diallo Fon accounted for both of Arizona's hits and two of its three runs in a 3-0 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi at the Whataburger Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Wildcats improved to 9-1, while the Islanders fell to 3-8.
David McDaniel, a former member of the University of Arizona golf team, shot a 5-under 65 to take a two-shot lead over Tim Duffy of Anthem and 16-year-old Chun-Ji Kim of Chandler heading into the final round of the Arizona Public Links Championship at Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson.
McDaniel stands at 5-under 135 for the two days.
Three players scored two goals each and Caylinn Wallace stopped 15 shots, but it was not enough as No. 8 Arizona State dropped a marathon game at No. 9 UC Irvine, falling to the Anteaters, 10-9, in four overtimes at Irvine, Calif.
The loss dropped the Sun Devils to 11-9 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.
The Arizona State men's team defeated Stanford 4-3 to remain undefeated. The Sun Devils (9-0) earned the doubles point by winning two of the three matches.
Juan Carlos Rebaza, Harry Skinner and T.J. Bellama picked up singles victories for Arizona State.
The No. 13 Arizona State women were unable to break Stanford's 124-match home winning streak, falling to the No. 6 Cardinal 6-1 at Palo Alto, Calif. The Sun Devils dropped to 8-3. The Cardinal improved to 9-3.
In singles, the lone win for the Sun Devils came when Kelcy McKenna defeated Jessica Nguyen, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Matt Martinez (factory stocks) and Taylor Cuzick (dwarf cars) made it to Manzanita Speedway's Winner's Circle, while Robert Taylor (bombers) and Becky Madrid (lady stocks) were the class of their fields as each went wire to wire to take wins on Friday night.
The Arizona State men placed fourth at the Pac-10 championships at Long Beach, Calif. The fourth-place finish is the school's best since 2003.
C.J. Nuess was crowned the 2008 Pac-10 champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
The senior clocked in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 14:55.84.