No. 9 Softball Sweeps No. 14 Washington, 6-1
April 8, 2001
SEATTLE - The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (30-9, 5-1 Pac-10) swept the 14th-ranked Washington Huskies (25-14, 3-3) on the road, 6-1 today for the first time in school history. It's also the first time ASU has swept the UCLA/Washington road swing. In the three games ASU pounded out 34 hits, scored 17 runs, while limiting UCLA and Washington to a combined three runs.
Kirsten Voak (11-3) pitched a three-hit one run game, while striking out 12 Washington batters. This is Voak's 16th career double-digit strikeout game and second 12-strikeout game against the Huskies.
ASU got on the board first when Erica Beach launched a solo home run over the right field fence to become the school's all-time RBI leader (116). The shot was Beach's team-leading seventh of the year and 18th career (she is also ASU's all-time home run leader).
ASU posted one more in the fifth inning. Nichole Thompson walked and was then sacrificed over to second by Kara Brun. With two outs, Phelan Wright singled to left to drive in Thompson. UW scored its only run in the bottom of the third off a Kelly Hauxhurst single.
ASU then unloaded four runs in the seventh to seal its fourth straight Pac-10 road win. Kristin Farber reached on an error by the first baseman. Missy Hixon sacrificed her over, which was followed by another error on the third baseman to put Thomson on first. Brun then stepped to the plate a drilled a double off the left field wall to bring in two runs. Wright then put down a sacrificed bunt to bring in Brun. Beach followed with a double to center field to drive in Wright for the final run.
On the day Beach went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Wright went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Up next, Arizona State will continue its road swing with two games against Arizona in Tucson on Friday, April 13 and Saturday the 14. Both games set for 7:00 p.m.