No. 9 Softball Shuts Out Indiana State, 7-0 And 5-0

March 6, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (17-5) shut out Indiana State (3-8), 7-0 and 5-0 in a doubleheader at Farrington Stadium today.

The Sun Devils have now shut out their last four opponents, allowing only eight hits in the four games combined.

In the first game, junior Erica Beach became Arizona State's new all-time home run leader as she belted her 17th career shot over the center field wall in the second inning.

The Sun Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Kara Brun nailed her third home run of the year, a two run shot over the center field wall. Phelan Wright then singled to center to bring in two more.

After Beach's two run home run in the second, ASU tagged one more on in the fourth inning. Kristin Farber hit an infield single and then stole second. Brun then singled to right field to advance Farber to third. Beach then hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to bring in Farber.

Beach (10-3) went the distance, limiting the Sycamores to only one hit, a third inning single to center field. It was Beach's second on-hit game this year.

In the second game, Arizona State scored once in the second, twice in the third and once in the fifth and sixth innings.

Wright slugged her first career home run in the second inning to put ASU up 1-0. Wright hit a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall. Wright then did more damage to Indian State in the third inning when she hit a two out, base loaded single to right field to drive in two more runs.

In the fifth, Beach doubled to left center and then was replaced by pinch runner Alicia Flanagan. Missy Hixon singled to left to drive in Flanagan. ASU ended the scoring in the sixth when Nichole Thompson drove in Bonnie Brannen from second with a single to center field.

Brun went 1-for-3 in the second game to extend her hitting streak to a team-high nine games.

Three Sun Devils pitchers limited Indiana State to four hits. Kristen Swetel pitched the first inning and a third, while Beach pitched the next two-thirds of an inning. Kirsten Voak (4-1) then finished the last five innings, limiting ISU to two hits while striking out six.

Up next, Arizona State travels to San Jose, California to defend its title at the National Invitational Softball Tournament, March 9-11.

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