No. 20 Softball Hosts Doubleheader Against Missouri; Travels To The National Invitational Tournament

March 9, 2004

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ON TAP: Riding a season-high eight game winning streak, the 20th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (23-9) will host a doubleheader against Missouri (9-11) on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00/7:00 p.m. The Devils will then head out of town on Thursday to Sunnyvale, California to compete in the National Invitational Softball Tournament, Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14. ASU is 5-4 all-time against the Tigers.

NIST SCHEDULE/NOTES: The NIST, which is held at the Twin Creeks Sports Complex, is a 12-team tournament, consisting of four pools of four teams each ... ASU is in Pool D with Minnesota (9-7) and Sacramento State (8-9) ... ASU will open pool play on Friday on Field 6 against Minnesota at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) and Sacramento State at 4:00 p.m. ... the top two teams from each pool advance to Championship Bracket play on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ... California and Washington are other Pac-10 teams competing in the tournament.

TRIANGULAR WRAP: Arizona State had an impressive run through the three-day, five-game triangular against Buffalo and New Mexico State as they out scored their opponents 34-1, including four shutouts. ASU notched a pair of shutout wins during the first day of the triangular, blanking Buffalo, 8-0, in five innings and defeating New Mexico State, 1-0. Ashley Werschky pitched a one hitter against Buffalo, while Desiree Serrano pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts against the Aggies. Valerie Sevilla blasted her first grand slam over the centerfield fence. On Saturday, in the first game against the Aggies, pitcher Bre DeSanta pitched a one-hitter, allowing no earned runs with five strikeouts in five innings. ASU tallied four runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth inning to end the game. In the second game against Buffalo, Serrano scattered six hits and struckout eight as she recorded her sixth shutout of the year. The Devils tallied all six runs in the third inning off of seven hits and three Bull's errors. On the final day, Werschky was just one out away from recording her first career no-hitter, but she surrendered a double in the top of the fifth inning to break up the no-hitter. However, that was all Werschky allowed as ASU shutout the Bulls, 10-0, in a five innings. Phelan Wright tied the all-time home run record of 34 with a solo shot, while Sevilla blasted her second grand slam of the tournament as she collected six RBIs on the day.

DEVILS' NO. 8 ALL-TIME: The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the USA Today/NFCA All-Time Top 50 poll. The poll was compiled using weekly rankings from the 1995 season to the final poll of 2003. To date, Arizona State, which accumulated 36,613 points for a No. 8 all-time ranking - just 12 points behind seventh-place California - has been ranked in 97 of the 116 polls all-time and 67 consecutive dating back to the second week of 1999. Additionally, ASU has been ranked in 93 of the last 94 polls (week one of 1999, ASU was not ranked). Arizona State climbed to a school-record No. 3 in the nine-year history of poll during the 2000 and 2002 seasons.

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