Arizona St sweeps Florida for 2nd softball title

June 7, 2011 - 10:43 PM
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Arizona State's Dallas Escobedo pitches against Florida in the first inning of a Women's College World Series championship series game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Katelyn Boyd and freshman Alix Johnson each drove in three runs, Annie Lockwood homered and Arizona State beat Florida 7-2 Tuesday night to win its second NCAA softball championship in four years.

The top-seeded Sun Devils (60-6) used a combination of holdovers from their first Women's College World Series title in 2008 and some key freshmen to continue the Pac-10's dominance of the event. The conference has won 23 of the 29 championships, including the last six in a row.

Dallas Escobedo (37-3) pitched a four-hitter to win her 19th straight decision, in the process becoming the first freshman pitcher to win the title since UCLA's Heather Compton in 1990.

Arizona State won 23 of its last 24 games and had a perfect 10-game run through the NCAA tournament.

Florida (56-13) was swept in the best-of-three World Series finals for the second time in three years.