Storms in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area and a 15-inning softball game between Florida and Nebraska forced Arizona State and Michigan to get their game started at 11:54 p.m. CT on Saturday.
It would turn out to be the final game of their season.
Wolverine pitcher Sara Driesenga (31-8) gave up seven hits and went the distance, as Michigan eliminated Arizona State from the Women’s College World Series with their 2-0 victory early Sunday morning.
Arizona State (50-12) went 5-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan (51-12) moves on to play Washington in yet another elimination game against Washington on Sunday.
Dallas Escobedo (30-6) pitched 2 1/3 innings. She gave up two runs on three hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
Mackenzie Popescue came in relief of Escobedo and pitched pretty well, holding the Wolverines scoreless for 4 2/3 innings, but the Sun Devils offense couldn’t get anything going against Driesenga.
Arizona State couldn’t get anything going with their bats, even when they had players on base. They left all 10 runners that reached base on base.
It was the fourth time in the program’s history that they reached the Women’s College World Series and failed to get a win.
Arizona State was shutout for the first time this season, and the first time in over a year – March 24, 2012 in a Super Regional game against LSU.