No. 10 Softball Falls To No. 14 Notre Dame In Nine Innings

March 18, 2001

FULLERTON, Calif. -- The 10th-ranked Arizona State softball team (25-8) fell to 14th-ranked Notre Dame (18-2), 5-1, in nine innings late Saturday night in a quarterfinal game at the KIA Klassic Softball Tournament.

Both teams held each other scoreless for eight innings, but in the Notre Dame ninth, the Irish posted five runs on three hits.

Arizona State got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but was unable to score again. Jennifer Forner was placed on second (international tie-breaker rule). Kristin Farber, who had one of two ASU hits, grounded out to the pitcher, but moved Forner to third. Nichole Thompson then singled to left field to drive in Forner.

However, the Sun Devils were unable to move Thompson around as Kara Brun lined a hard hit ball to left field that was caught and Phelan Wright flied out to second base to end the game.

Erica Beach started the game and pitched six innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Kirsten Voak (9-3) pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits and all five unearned runs also with three strikeouts

Up next, Arizona State will begin Pac-10 action when they travel to Oregon State on March 30.

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