No. 9 Softball Defeats No. 12 Iowa, 3-2

March 10, 2001

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Behind a clutch three-run sixth inning rally, the ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (21-5) defeated 12th-ranked Iowa (9-3), 3-2 today in a quarterfinal game at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif.

The Sun Devils now advance to the semifinals where they will face fourth-ranked California at 8:00 p.m Pacific time tonight with the winner advancing to the finals tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Against Iowa, the Hawkeye's scored the first run in the second inning. Iowa opened the frame with a double and then scored on the next play when pitcher Kirsten Voak over threw first base on an attempted sacrifice play.

However, ASU responded in the sixth inning with three runs on five hits. Three of the hits and two of the runs all came with two outs. Jennifer Forner began the inning with a double to left field. After a pop up by Kristin Farber, Forner advanced to third on a wild pitch by Iowa's Kristi Hanks.

Nichole Thompson then nailed a shot to left field to bring in Forner for the first run. Kara Brun flied out to center field for the second out. Erica Beach followed with a single to left field, which was followed up by a Phalen Wright single to center field to score Thompson.

After Alicia Flanagan replaced Beach as a pinch runner, Voak laced another single to left field to drive in Flanagan for the final and game-winning run.

Iowa made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh when they leadoff with a solo home over the left field fence. But Voak (7-1) retired the rest of Iowa's batters to secure the win.

Voak went the distance, allowing four hits, one unearned run with six strikeouts. Kara Brun's 12 game hitting streak was snapped as she went 0-for-3 in the game.

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