Softball Wins On Ninth Inning Illegal Pitch.
May 5, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - A ninth inning illegal pitch by California pitcher Nicole DiSalvio, brining in Kirsten Voak from third base is how the 11th-ranked Arizona State softball team (33-17, 8-9 Pac-10) defeated fifth-ranked California (48-12, 5-11 Pac-10), 3-2, today in Berkeley, California.
Voak started the ninth inning frame by doubling to left field. Kristen Swetel then grounded out to second base, advancing Voak to third base. Erin Wardein then stepped to the plate. On DiSalvio's third pitch she did not complete her motion and was called for an illegal pitch, advancing Voak home. Erica Beach (16-8), who came in to relive Voak in the sixth inning, retired Cal in the bottom of the ninth to seal ASU's second extra inning win in as many days.
Arizona State got on the board first in the fourth inning with two runs. With two outs, Kara Brun earned a walk. Phelan Wright then took a Jocelyn Forest pitch over the left field fence for her second home run of the year.
Cal got one run back in their sixth inning and then tied the game with one more in the seventh to send the game into extra innings where the game ended in the ninth on the illegal pitch.
Voak started the game, going six and a third innings, allowing two runs with nine strikeouts. Beach pitched the final two and two-thirds, limiting Cal to one hit with two strikeouts.
Wright went 2-for-3 with a home run, a run and two RBIs. Voak also hit well, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.
Up next, ASU will close out the series against California on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.