No. 9 Softball Comes Up Short Against No. 14 Oregon State, 4-3

April 29, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (31-17, 6-9 Pac-10) fell in a tight, 4-3 game this afternoon at Farrington Stadium to 14th-ranked Oregon State (38-18-1, 7-7 Pac-10). Despite out hitting Oregon State 10-6 and stranding 10 runners, the Sun Devils could not over come a three-run fourth inning by the Beavers.

Oregon State got on the board first in the third inning by a leadoff solo home run to right field by Jessica King. The Beavers would put three more runs up in the fourth inning.

A leadoff double started the inning. Then with two outs and two on, a single to right field loaded the bases. The next batter then hit the ball to second baseman Missy Hixon, who tossed the ball over shortstop Kara Brun for the force out, but Brun dropped the ball allowing one run to score. OSU's Brooke Rutschman then doubled to left center, scoring two more unearned runs.

The Sun Devils would get one run back in the fourth. Erica Beach stared with a single to right field. Kirsten Voak then walked. OSU then made a pitching change from Monica Hoffman to Crystal Draper. Kristin Farber followed with a fielder's choice to move pinch runner Alicia Flangan to third. Jennifer Forner then lifted her ball to center field, driving in Flanagan for the first run.

ASU would cut into the OSU lead even more in the fifth. With one out, Brun ripped a double to left center field and was then replaced by Felicia Romero as a pinch runner. Erin Wardein, making her first start at first base since the first game of the year due to a wrist injury, singled to right field, advancing Romero to third. Phelan Wright continued her hot bat with a single to center field to plate Romero. After a balk was called on Draper, moving runners up to second and third, Beach singled to left field to score one more run. But ASU could not get another runner across as Draper retired the next two batters.

The Sun Devils had one more chance in the sixth with two on and one out, but again ASU could not get another hit to tie the game.

Voak (13-7) took the loss, allowing six hits, four runs, only one earned with five strikeouts. Kristen Swetel came in to pitch the fifth inning, getting all three batters out. Brun, Wright and Beach each had two hits for the Sun Devils.

Arizona State will next hit the road for its final Pac-10 road series up in the Bay Area. ASU will take on Stanford on Friday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. and California on Saturday at 2:00 and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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