No. 6 Softball Defeats BYU and Michigan State

Feb. 16, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The sixth-ranked Arizona State softball team (7-1) picked up two wins in the opening day of the Louisville Slugger Classic Tournament today at Farrington Stadium. The Sun Devils beat Brigham Young University (4-9), 2-1 in eight innings and Michigan State (0-2), 11-0 in the nightcap.

In the opening game against BYU, the Cougars got on the board first in the fifth inning with an unearned run. ASU would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kristin Farber singled to left field and then stole second. After Nichole Thompson flied out to left field for the second out, Kara Brun singled to center field to bring Farber across.

The game would next head into extra innings. BYU could not plate anybody in their half of the eighth, however, Arizona State took advantage of the situation in the bottom of the inning. Phelan Wright was placed on second. With a 1-1 count, pinch hitter Sara Kahler then lined the ball to the right center wall for the game-winning RBI double.

Kristen Swetel started the game, going four innings with two hits and one unearned run. Erica Beach then relieved Swetel in the fifth inning and posted the win, no hitting the Cougars while striking out two.

In the second game, Beach (5-0) picked up where she left off in the BYU game as she fired six innings of one hit ball, tying her career high with seven strikeouts. Shiloh Talanoa came in to close out the game in the seventh as she got Michgan State to line into a 6-3 double play.

Offensively, the Sun Devils unloaded on the Spartans with 11 runs on 13 hits. ASU posted three runs in the third, one in the fourth, three more in the sixth and four more in the seventh.

Swetel led the Sun Devils, going 2-for-3 with a double and her first career home run, a three-run blast in the seventh innings to left field. Swetel collected four RBIs in the game.

Thompson also went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Jennifer Forner tallied two RBIs. Stacey Farnworth also collected two hits and two runs scored, including a double.

Up next, Arizona State will again face Michigan State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. followed by 13th-ranked Iowa at 5:30 p.m.

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