Softball Wins Again At Regionals With a 2-1 Victory Over Louisiana-Lafayette
May 18, 2001
BATON ROUGE, La. - A fourth inning RBI single to center field by Erica Beach was all second-seeded and ninth-ranked Arizona State (36-20) required as Kirsten Voak (15-8) limited third-seeded and 19th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette (50-9) to four hits and one run, moving the second-seeded Sun Devils two games away from returning to the College World Series.
Arizona State got on the board first in the top of the second inning. With one out, Voak reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Kristen Swetel then blooped a single into right field, scoring Voak.
However, ULL would tie the game in the home half of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field. After two singles and a fielder's choice, ULL pinch hitter Cyndy Repici lifted the ball to deep center field, plating Jana Mower to tie the game.
After a scoreless third inning, ASU tallied the game-winning run in the fourth inning. Kara Brun ripped a shot to center field to start the frame. Wright then sacrifice Brun to second base. Beach followed with another rip to center field to bring in Brun for the final 2-1 score.
A big turning point in the game occurred in the ULL third inning. With runners on at first and second with no outs, ULL's Alana Addison lined a hard hit ball to center field, but ASU's Kristin Farber made a running catch and a perfect throw back to second base to catch the runner straying off for the double play.
Beach came in relife of Voak in the sixth inning, limiting the Lady Cajuns to only one hit with three strikeouts for her third save on the year.
ASU slugged out eight hits by six different players off ULL's ace Melissa Coronado (34-8). Brun and Swetel led the Sun Devils at the plate as each recorded two hits.
Up next, Arizona State will face the winner of tonight's LSU vs. Penn State game on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Arizona time. If Arizona State wins that game they will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Central.