The top-ranked Arizona State softball team hit .518 with six home runs and 24 runs scored as the Sun Devils extended their win streak to 27 games with 13-8 and 11-0 (5 innings) victories against Santa Clara Saturday at Farrington Stadium.
Kaitlin Cochran and Renee Welty each hit two home runs as Amanda Nesbitt pitched a no-hitter in the second game to lead ASU. The Sun Devils improved to 30-1 and Santa Clara dropped to 4-29.
The first game featured the starting nod for five new faces on the Sun Devil squad, who backed pitcher Megan Elliott. ASU scored five runs in the bottom of the first on Sarah Rice’s first career grand slam.
Anthony Madrid fought an ill-handling car in the final laps of Friday night’s Barnett Dirt Modified feature at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, but managed to hold off defending champion Ricky Thornton Jr. to win his second straight feature.
Garrett Funk, just two days short of his 17th birthday, posted a wire-to-wire win in his second start in the SCRA sport modifieds.
Clayton Echols took the lead on the third lap and held off Nick Bruce to win the 15-lap Arizona Modlite Association feature.
• Behind three goals from junior Addison McGrath, No. 8 ASU upset No. 4 California 8-7 Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, improving to 13-9 overall and 3-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
• Trevor Vega (Mesa Skyline) extended his hitting streak to 21 games, but Grand Canyon University was swept by Chico State 2-1 and 8-2 Saturday at Brazell Stadium in Phoenix. Vega got a hit in each game, including his final at-bat in the nightcap.
• Arizona ran its win streak to 12 games Saturday with a 6-2 win against Cal State Fullerton in Tucson. The Wildcats improved to 12-1 and the Titans dropped to 8-7. Sophomore Mike Weldon starred at the plate for the Cats, finishing 3-for-3 with two triples, a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
• ASU junior Micky Benedetti defended his platform title at the NCAA Zone E Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. Benedetti, runner-up on the platform at last year’s NCAA Championships, totaled 683.80 points and qualified for this year’s NCAA meet March 27-29 in Federal Way, Wash.