By Eric Wein
Arizona Daily Wildcat
TEMPE Ä As she tossed her cleats into her duffel bag, Susie Parra formed a grin while she thought about what she had done.
It was her last appearance against Arizona State, the school she had thought about attending, and the last time she would play collegiate softball near where she grew up, in Scottsdale.
A near double separated her from hitting for the cycle. Instead, Parra went 6 for 8 with two homers, a triple and seven RBI during the Wildcats' 18-0 and 8-0 doubleheader sweep of ASU here at Sun Devil Club Stadium last night.
In both games, she slapped a three-run homer that drifted into the darkness behind the left-field fence.
"One was great," said Parra, a senior All-American. "To hit two out the last time I'll be here felt really good."
And when Parra (20-1) went to the pitching circle in the first game, she didn't come away too disappointed either, baffling ASU with a two-hit shutout and two walks.
"I was struggling with my first pitch, trying to get inside," she said. "I needed to go in there and get ahead of the batter, which I didn't do. I struggled but I still held them."
The No. 1 Wildcats (44-2) didn't hesitate in supplying runs for her. Of the 11 batters Arizona sent to the plate in game one, only Nancy Evans could not muster a hit, while the team had 20. Even rare pinch hitters Valerie Zepeda and Andrea Doty, who tripled, had hits.
Every inning featured multiple runs by the Wildcats, including a seven-run fourth.
Pity for the Sun Devils. The 10-run mercy rule doesn't take effect until after five innings. Evans (12-0) rebounded from her hitless first game by pitching a three-hit shutout in game two.
The domination of the first game didn't carry over completely. But Arizona still had no trouble pulling away from ASU behind Laura Espinoza's 24th home run of the year.
Arizona has beaten the Sun Devils by an average of about 12 runs in the five games the teams have played. ASU has only scored three runs all year against the Wildcats.
"There has never been a time when we've beaten them so soundly," UA coach Mike Candrea said. "It was close to that doubleheader I've been looking for."
The Wildcats now head to Oregon to play the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday and the Oregon Ducks on Sunday.