No. 4 Softball Edges No. 5 California, 2-1, In 8 Innings
May 5, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Phelan Wright's single to left field to drive in Missy Hixon from third in the bottom of the eighth was the difference in the game as fourth-ranked Arizona State (40-14, 10-8 Pac-10) pulled out a 2-1 extra inning win over fifth-ranked California (45-19, 9-9 Pac-10) this afternoon at Farrington Stadium.
It was appropriate on Senior Day, that seniors, Hixon and Nichole Thompson started the game-winning rally with Erica Beach (27-12) pitching the Sun Devils to victory. Hixon led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to right centerfield. Thompson then sacrificed her to third base. After Kara Brun grounded out to third for the second out, Wright came through with a hard hit single to left field off Cal's Jocelyn Forest (20-12) to drive in Hixon.
The Golden Bears got on the board first in the second inning off one ASU error. Chelsea Spencer started the inning with a single to left field. She then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Beach. Mikella Pedretti followed with a sacrifice to move Spencer to third. Kristen Bayless then walked to put runners on the corners. Then it appeared that Cal was attempting to squeeze home Spencer, but Kaleo Eldredge missed the bunt, however ASU catcher Adriana Garcia's throw down to third to pick off Spencer went wide of the base into left field, allowing Spencer to come home.
Arizona State soon tied it up in the fourth inning when junior Jennifer Forner hit her first career home run, a solo shot, over the right field fence. The game would go scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when ASU scored the winning run.
The Sun Devils used three different pitchers. Beach started the game and came back in two other times. She ended the game going five and 2/3 innings, allowing only three hits and one earned run. Blair Holck relived Beach in the middle innings, working two innings with one hit. Kristen Swetel, after breaking her thumb, made her first appearance back in the circle in three weeks with 1/3 of an inning.
Forest went the distance for Cal, scattering six hits with two runs and seven strikeouts.
Up next, Arizona State will end the regular season on the road when they travel to Washington on Friday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m. for a single game. ASU will then head down to UCLA for a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m.