No. 20 Softball Shuts Out Minnesota, 2-0 And Defeats Sacramento State, 2-1 In 9 Innings

March 12, 2004

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State softball team (26-10) won both of their pool games on Friday behind timely pitching and hitting as they shutout Minnesota, 2-0 and defeated Sacramento State, 2-1 in nine innings. The Sun Devils will now advance onto Championship Bracket play on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (Pacific) against either Purdue or California.

In the first game of pool play, starting pitcher Bre DeSanta (8-3) pitched a two-hit shutout, only allowing the two hits to Minnesota's leadoff hitter Stephanie Sward. DeSanta allowed only Sward to get to second once, while striking out eight batters. DeSanta kept the Gophers' off balance throughout the game as she posted her second complete game shutout of the year.

The Devils posted the only two runs they needed in the third inning off three hits and one Minnesota error. Kristin Farber singled to leftfield and stole second, her 25th of the year. Trisha Tornberg then took a 2-2 pitch from Minnesota's Piper Marten and drilled a double into the left centerfield gap to score Farber. Tornberg then stole third on a delayed steal, but the Minnesota catcher over threw third into leftfield and Tornberg trotted home.

The Devils scattered nine hits up and down the order with Farber, Tornberg, Valerie Sevilla and Heidi Knabe each with two hits.

In the second game against Sacramento State, a pitcher dual between ASU's combination of Desiree Serrano and DeSanta against the Hornet's Nicole Deatherage lasted until the ninth inning. Serrano started for the Devils, going five and two-thirds innings before giving away to DeSanta (9-3) for the final three and a third.

With the international tiebreaker ruler already in effect, the Hornets scored first in the top of the ninth with a two out single to plate their lone run. ASU then answered with a pair of runs to seal the victory. Kari Reidhead was placed on second base to start the frame. Katie Cobos reached on a fielder's choice as she put down a sacrifice bunt, allowing Reidhead to slide underneath the tag at third. Farber then singled to leftfield to drive in the Reidhead for the tying run. That was followed by Sevilla's single to center, but the Hornet's centerfielder also misplayed the ball allowing Cobos to score from second for the game-winner.

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