No. 5 Softball Falls To No. 11 Arizona State, 3-2, In Nine Innings
May 5, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - No. 11 Arizona State Sun Devils' Phalen Wright scored from third base on an illegal pitch in the top of the ninth to give ASU a 3-2 win over the No. 5 California Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field. The win moves the Sun Devils to 33-17 overall and 8-9 in the Pac-10, while the loss drops the Bears to 48-12 overall,5-11 in the conference.
Wright gave the Devils a 2-0 lead in the fourth by hitting a home run over the left field fence. Wright drove in Kara Brun who had previously drawn a two-out walk to prolong the inning.
The Bears managed to tie the score in seventh. With one out, senior Paige Bowie doubled to right center and came in to score when Dueï¿½as followed with a double of her own, this time to left.
The score remained tied until the ninth. ASU's Kirsten Voak led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. Kristen Swetel then grounded out to second, allowing Voak to advance to third.
Controversy began when pinch hitter Erin Wardein followed to the plate. Senior Nicole DiSalvio was in the circle pitching for the Bears. Wardein motioned to the home-plate umpire for timeout, but was not awarded it. DiSalvio thought that the umpire had given Wardein timeout and therefore stopped her pitching motion, resulting in an illegal pitch and allowing Voak to give Arizona State the go-ahead run.
Both starting pitchers - junior Jocelyn Forest for Cal and Voak for ASU pitched well enough to win, but neither were involved in the final decision. Forest pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out four, but also walking four. DiSalvio pitched the remaining 3.2 innings, allowing just one run on five hits with a strikeout and a walk, but had to take the loss, falling to 17-6 on the year.
Voak went the first 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and four walks, before giving way to Erica Beach. Beach went the final 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out a pair and walking one to earn the win and improve to 16-8.
Dueï¿½as led the Bears with three hits, a run scored and a RBI. Junior Candace Harper added two hits on the day. Sophomore Veronica Nelson continues to be pitched around, drawing four walks on the day, giving her 77 walks on the year and inching her closer to NCAA season-walk record that she set last season with 87.
Once again the Bears missed out on plenty of scoring opportunities, stranding 10 runners on base. Cal left one runner base on in the ninth, two on in the second, fourth, and seventh and had the bases loaded when the sixth came to a close.
Cal honors its seniors Amber Phillips, Bowie, DiSalvio and Dueï¿½as in tomorrow's home finale versus the same Arizona State Sun Devils. Festivities begin prior to the 1 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
Levine-Fricke Field, Berkeley, CA - ASU 3, Cal 2 (9)Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E#11 Arizona State 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 0#4 Cal 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7 1WP - Voak, Beach (7) (16-8) and Farnworth.LP - Forest, DiSalvio (6) (17-6), and ScottSave - None.2B: Brun, Voak (ASU), Bowie, Dueï¿½as (Cal)HR: Wright (ASU)LOB - ASU 7, Cal 10Records: ASU 33-17 (8-9), Cal 48-12 (5-11)