(UA) OKLAHOMA CITY â€“ Arizona State rallied with a three-run seventh inning to knock off Alabama 3-1 in the opening round of the Womenâ€™s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Crimson Tide fall to 56-7 while the Sun Devils improve to 62-5. ASUâ€™s Katie Burkhart improved to 37-5 in the circle with 13 strikeouts while Kelsi Dunne fell to 25-5 with 10 strikeouts.
Dunne intentionally walked ASUâ€™s Katie Cochran for the third time to lead off the seventh. The Sun Devils then put down the sacrifice bunt and Leslie Rogers delivered a RBI double into left-center field to tie the game.
Mandy Urfer followed by lining a pitch down the third base line that appeared foul, but was ruled fair by the umpire scoring two runs and giving ASU a commanding 3-1 lead. Â
Charlotte Morgan plated the only run of the game for the Crimson Tide in the fifth inning with a RBI double to the left field wall. The double scored Jordan Praytor from first base, who had walked one batter earlier.
Dunne worked out of a bases loaded one-out jam in the top of the fifth inning as Kellie Eubanks gunned down a Sun Devils at the plate and Dunne fanned Kristen Miller to end the inning.
Dunne got another big strikeout in the sixth inning, fanning Mandy Cowles to end a two-on, two-out threat.
The Tide managed just three hits off Burkhart but stranded eight runners, including six in the first three innings.
Alabama will play will play the loser of tonightâ€™s UCLA/Arizona game on Saturday.
â€¢ Alabama is now 0-5 in the first round of the Womenâ€™s College World Series.
â€¢ Brittany Rogers singled to third base to lead off the game to extend her hitting streak to 16 games.
â€¢ Left fielder Jordan Praytor saved two runs for UA hurler Kelsi Dunne in the third inning by pulling back a sure home run by Krista Donnenwirth to end the inning. Â
â€¢ Charlotte Morganâ€™s RBI double in the fifth inning was her 76th of the year, one shy of Kristi Durantâ€™s SEC record of 77 in 2005.
â€¢ Kelsi Dunne walked a career-high eight â€“ three intentional.
â€¢ Dunne also recorded her 10th double-digit strikeout game of the season with 13.