Brun Sets All-Time RBI Record As No. 10 Softball Tops Virginia Tech, 8-3
March 7, 2003
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Senior shortstop Kara Brun's three-run home run in the sixth inning made her the career leader in RBIs (156) as she helped the 10th-ranked Arizona State softball team (18-6) to an 8-3 win over Virginia Tech Friday in the opening game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, California. Freshman pitcher Ashley Werschky (5-1) posted a career-high eight strikeouts as she went five innings before giving way to Desiree Serrano for the final two.
The Devils got on the board right away in the first inning. Jennifer Forner led off with a double in the left centerfield gap and was then singled home by Adriana Garcia. ASU would tag three more runs on in the fourth, two by way of a pinch hit double by Carla Strege and another from Forner.
The Hokies got one back in the fifth, but the Devils answered back with one more run in the bottom of the inning off of a Virginia Tech error, one of a school record seven recorded by the Hokies. Tech would score two more runs in the sixth. Megan Evans singled which was followed by a Kathleen Jones single. But Forner misplayed the ball in left, advancing Evans to third and Jones to second. Sarah Prosise then grounded out to Brun at short, scoring Evans. Then with two outs, Kelley Brown singled to right, driving in Jones while Prosise tried to score as well, but was caught in a run down and was eventually tagged out by Serrano at home.
In the sixth, Forner reached on an error by the Hokie shortstop. Kristin Farber followed with a single to left field, allowing Brun to come to the plate a launch her all-time leading 30th home run to seal the win. Forner, Brun, Garcia, Farber and Werschky each had two hits.
Up next, the Devils will play later tonight in their second and final pool game against Santa Clara at 7:00 p.m.