No. 10 Softball Falls To No. 8 Arizona State, 6-1

April 7, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 10 Washington softball team finished winless in its first Pac-10 road trip of 2002, falling to No. 8 Arizona State, 6-1, Sunday at Farrington Stadium. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 32-12 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 33-9 and 3-2 in conference play.

The first hit of the game by either side gave the Sun Devils the early lead in the second when pitcher Erica Beach hit her counterpart Ashley Boek's (Redding, Calif.) 1-2 offering over the fence in centerfield.

The Husky offense, meanwhile, was kept off the scoreboard through the first six innings, as rightfielder Courtney Jeffries (Eugene, Ore.) and centerfielder Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) had the team's only two hits through the first five innings.

Arizona State mounted another rally in the bottom of the fourth when Boek walked Phelan Wright and then gave up a single to right field by Beach to put runners at the corners and no outs.

After Boek was replaced by reliever Leslie Scott (Edmond, Okla.), the UW got one out on a short fly ball to left field. Wright, however, crossed the plate with the second run when catcher Kristen Rivera's (Perris, Calif.) throw was off line on a failed pick-off attempt at first base. ASU added another run in the inning on a RBI single by catcher Adriana Garcia, to take a 3-0 advantage.

ASU increased its lead to four runs with one in the fifth, before the Huskies could come up with a scoring opportunity in the sixth. With two outs, both Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.) and Roach came through with singles. Sun Devil reliever Kirsten Voak, however, got Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) to pop out to shallow left field to end the threat.

After Arizona State tagged on two more in the sixth, the Huskies avoided the shutout in the seventh when Jeffries doubled in pinch runner Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.) from third to set the final score at 6-1.

UW starter Boek suffered her first loss in the circle since February 22, dropping to 12-1 in 2002, while Beach improved to 20-6 on the season.

In addition to the loss, Clark's 18-game hitting and 53 consecutive games on-base streaks both came to an end with an 0-for-3 effort at the plate.

The Huskies return to Seattle for a six-game home stand beginning this coming weekend when both California and No. 3 Stanford travel to Husky Softball Stadium.

Sunday, April 7, 2002 -
#10 Washington at #8 Arizona State - Farrington Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.)

Score By Innings R H E
UW 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 2
ASU 0 1 0 2 1 2 X 6 9 0

E - Roach, Rivera DP - ASU 1 LOB: UW 4, ASU 6
2B - Jeffries, Thompson HR - Beach
SB - Farber, Reidhead, Brun SH - Nicholson
PB - Brannen
WP - Erica Beach (20-6) LP - Ashley Boek (12-2)

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