ASU's Kara Brun Featured On ESPN.com

March 11, 2003

By Joy Russo
ESPN.com

Arizona State came very close to reaching College World Series glory last season.

Then came a loss to California in the semifinals. Then came an offseason where the program lost seven seniors, including the entire Sun Devils' pitching staff. Then came coach Linda Wells' approach to the new season.

'I kept saying over and over 'Have patience. Have patience,'' Wells said. 'I don't want to say I am pleasantly surprised, because they are great players. But the (younger players) have been able to put their own shoes on and tie them, and not play in the shadows.'

Arizona State's young core of players have responded to the challenge quickly becoming leaders -- a result of watching last year's stars Erica Beach and Missy Hixon -- and the No. 12 Sun Devils (21-7) are back challenging the nation's elite teams.

Arizona State returned only three seniors this season, shortstop Kara Brun, catcher Adriana Garcia and outfielder Jennifer Forner. Sophomore pitcher Desiree Serrano is powering a young group that will give Wells a strong staff for the next few seasons.

But the two keys so far this season are Brun and Serrano, who each went through their own offseason transformations and have developed into role players.

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