No. 10 Softball Falls To No. 8 California, 6-1
March 8, 2003
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Arizona State softball teams (20-7) bid to repeat as National Invitational Softball Tournament champions came to end in the semifinals on Saturday when eighth-ranked California (18-6) defeated the Sun Devils, 6-1. ASU will now play Santa Clara in a consolation game on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
ASU scored their sole run in the first inning. Jennifer Forner opened with a single to left and then was advanced to second on a sacrifice by Kristin Farber. Kara Brun then grounded out to second base, moving Forner to third. After fighting off several pitches from Cal starter Kristina Thorson, Phelan Wright singled to right field, scoring Forner.
Cal then took the lead in the fourth inning when Veronica Nelson took Sun Devil starting pitcher Ashley Werschky (5-2) deep for a two run home run over the right field fence.
Cal scored four more times in the seventh to seal the game. With one out and runners at first and second, Desiree Serrano replaced Weshchky, but gave up a sacrifice fly to Eryn Manahan, scoring one run and a triple to Kaleo Eldredge to plate two more.
ASU had several scoring chances throughout the game, including a base loaded situation in the third inning. The Devils left seven runners on base, while Cal left eight. Wershcky took the loss, giving up 10 hits and four runs in six and third innings.