No. 10 Softball Blanks North Carolina; Wins Pool At The KIA Klassic

March 16, 2001

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked Arizona State softball team (24-7) shutout North Carolina, 2-0 today to win its pool and advance to Saturday's championship bracket. The Sun Devils will play again on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time in the opening round against the No. 4 seed of Pool, B (Arizona, UNLV, Cal State Northridge, Louisiana Lafayette).

Behind a combined pitching performance from All-American's Erica Beach and Kirsten Voak, ASU shutout its 14th opponent this year. Beach (13-4), who has already tied her win total from last year, pitched the first four and a third innings. Voak then came for the final two and two-thirds innings to post her second save of the year. Voak no hit the Tar Heels with three strikeouts.

Arizona State scored their first run in the fourth inning. Nichole Thompson started the inning with a bunt single. Phelan Wright singled to left field to advance Thompson to second base, as well as to extend her hitting streak to 12 games. Beach then followed with a single to center field to score Thompson.

In the bottom of the fourth with two on and one, Beach got into a jam, however, Voak came in and struck out the final two North Carolina batters to end the threat.

In the sixth inning, ASU would score one more run on a two out single by Kristen Swetel. After North Carolina turned a double play, Beach came to the plate and drilled a double to deep left field. Swetel then blooped a single over the first baseman's head, allowing Beach to round third and score.

Beach also led the team at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. Beach's RBI gave her 108 in her career, tying Alyssa Johnson for second all-time in ASU history.

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