Softball Rolls To 3-0 Record At Missouri

Oct. 23, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State softball team recorded a perfect 3-0 record at the Missouri Softball Fall Tournament in Columbia, Missouri, taking two games from host Missouri and one from Kansas.

In the opening game, the Sun Devils outlasted the Missouri 3-1 in eight innings. Junior pitcher Eric Beach posted the complete game, throwing all eight innings and allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out six.

To open the extra frame sophomore Jennifer Forner was placed on second base. Freshman Kristin Farber then singled to move Forner to third. A two-strike bunt laid down by junior Missy Hixon forced the Missouri infield into an error, allowing Forner to score from third. Junior Nichole Thompson then doubled in both Farber and Hixon to extend the Sun Devils lead to three.

The Tigers were able to score a lone run in the bottom of the eighth, but were unable to match the three runs the Sun Devils scored.

Game two featured freshman pitcher Kristin Swetel earning her first career win as ASU blanked the Tigers 5-0. Swetel posted the complete game as she limited Missouri to only two hits, while striking out two and walking one.

ASU tallied the first run in the third and one more in the sixth to forge ahead 2-0. In the seventh, junior Shiloh Talanoa put the game out of reach as she belted a three-run homerun to put ASU up 5-0. Thompson, Hixon and freshman Phelen Wright each contributed with two hits.

The final game against Kansas had the Sun Devils winning 16-0 in a mercy rule six inning contest. Beach pitched the first three innings, allowing one hit before giving way to Talanoa who pitched the final three innings also allowing only one hit.

ASU unloaded seven runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Beach grand slam. Other top hitters for the Sun Devils were Farber (3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs), Talanoa (2-for-3 with one run and a RBI), Wright (3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs) and Kara Brun (1-for-5 with three runs scored).

Up next, Arizona State will kick off the 2001 season, hosting its annual Fiesta Bowl Tournament, February 9-11.

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