Feb. 11, 2007

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Host and fifth-ranked Arizona State remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over the Ohio State softball team Sunday in ASU’s Farrington Stadium as the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe came to a close. The Sun Devils improve to 7-0 and have outscored their opponents 46-5 this season, while Ohio State is now 2-3 but got another home run from freshman Sam Marder (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas), who has three already this season.

Arizona State entered the game averaging more than seven runs a game, but Ohio State senior Jamee Juarez (La Puente, Calif./Wilson) and freshman Megan Miller (Woodland Hills, Calif./El Camino Real) and the errorless Buckeye defense kept the Sun Devils from continuing their normal offensive production. Miller did not allow a run in her two innings of relief.

“Our kids played hard and we played a good game,” Linda Kalafatis, Ohio State head coach, said. “We just have to come through in the clutch better because we had enough hits to win. I’m really proud of our defense. Our outfield was spectacular. Our defense kept us in the game with diving catches and a throw-out at the plate. We come out of the weekend knowing what we have to do to get better so now we need to work hard toward that.”

In Ohio State’s last trip to Tempe in 2004, the Buckeyes knocked off then-No. 19 Arizona State, but Sunday the Sun Devils were able to hang on for the win.

After Marder’s homer in the second, Juarez and senior Christina Douglas (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson) both singled, but a two-out line drive to left field by junior Liz Caputo (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) was snagged by ASU’s Jessica Mapes to end the inning. The Sun Devils got on the board in the first inning when they strung together three consecutive singles to load the bases, setting up a Mindy Cowles sacrifice fly to plate the game’s first run. After Marder’s home run, ASU’s Kaitlin Cochran put the Sun Devils up 3-1 with a two-run homer in the third inning.

Arizona State looked to add another run in the fifth inning, but Caputo cut down Cochran at the plate attempting to score from second on a single up the middle for the third out.

OSU senior Nycole Koyano (Walnut, Calif./Walnut) went 2-for-4, while Douglas went 2-for-3.

Ohio State has a week off before returning to action Feb. 23-25 at the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., where the Buckeyes will play five games, including four against Top 20 opponents.

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