No. 9 Softball Drops 2-0 Game To No. 12 Iowa

March 11, 2001

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (21-7) fell in the semifinals of the championship bracket to 12th-ranked Iowa (12-3), 2-0, today at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif. With the loss, Arizona State is eliminated from the tournament.

For the second game in a row, Arizona State out hit their opponents 5-2, but was unable to score any runs. ASU stranded six runners, three in scoring position.

Iowa scored in the bottom of the second on a two out throwing error by pitcher Kirsten Voak (7-2) to take a 1-0 lead. After a leadoff walk and a sacrifice to move the runner to second, the next batter flied out to center field. The next Iowa batter then chopped a ball in front of the plate, when Voak got to it she then over threw first base, allowing the runner from second to score.

Iowa scored the other run in the third inning when Kristen Swetel, who relived Voak in the top of the inning, gave up a solo shot to left field. Swetel would settle in and allow only one other hit in the remaining four innings, but ASU's offense could not plate a runner.

Freshman Phalen Wright continued her hitting streak to nine games as she had a single in the fourth inning. Kristin Farber went 2-for-3, while Swetel and Shiloh Talanoa had the other hits.

Arizona State will next travel to Fullerton, Calif. To compete in the KIA Klassic Tournament, March 15-18.

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