No. 10 Softball Wins Two Big Games At The KIA Klassic
March 15, 2001
FULLERTON, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked Arizona State softball team (23-7) shutout 11th-ranked DePaul 3-0, and defeated ninth-ranked and host Cal State Fullerton, 6-3 today at the first day of pool play at the KIA Klassic Softball Tournament in Fullerton, California.
In the first game against DePaul, Arizona State jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind three singles and one error on the Blue Demons.
Nichole Thompson began with a single, followed by an infield error on the second basemen to allow Kara Brun to reach first and Thompson to second. Phelan Wright then singled to center field to load the bases. Erica Beach hit a hard single off the shortstop into left field to score Thompson for the first run.
Sara Kahler followed with a fielders' choice to score Brun for the second run. ASU would add one more run in the fifth inning on a two out, pinch-hit single by Kirsten Voak.
Beach (12-4) limited the Blue Demons to only four hits, two of which came in the first inning and tossed her seventh shutout out of the year, walking only one batter.
Against CS Fullerton, the Titans gained the early lead with one run in the first and second innings. However, ASU responded with three runs in the third inning off four consecutive hits.
Bonnie Brannen started the inning with a walk and was replaced by Alicia Flanagan as a pinch runner. After Flanagan stole second, she then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kristin Farber then hit an infield single. Thompson followed that by drilling the ball back to the pitcher, which hit off her leg, scoring Flanagan.
Brun followed with a single to center field to score Farber from second. Wright ended the scoring with another single to right field to plate Thompson, as well as to extend her hitting streak to 11 games.
The Sun Devils would add one more run in the fifth inning with two out single to right field by Beach.
In the bottom of the fifth, Fullerton cut the lead to 4-3 on a Jenny Topping solo home run to right field. Voak was then pulled for Beach who then retired the side in order.
ASU would pad its lead in the seventh with two more runs, again all with two outs. Thompson singled to left, but was then forced out on a fielders' choice by Brun. Wright then slammed the ball to deep left field, hitting the top of the fence for a triple, scoring Brun from first. Beach then reached on an error by the Titan's shortstop to score Brun for the final run.
Beach pitched an outstanding game in relief of Voak (8-2), who posted her eighth win of the year. Voak went four innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts. Beach recorded her second save of the year as she no hit CS Fullerton for the remaining three innings, striking out three.
Up next, Arizona State will end pool play on Friday against North Carolina at 9:00 a.m. Depending on the outcome, ASU will either play later on Friday at 7:00 p.m. or if they win their pool, they won't play again until Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
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