Softball Drops 3-1 Decision to No. 1 Arizona
April 28, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team (31-24; 1-10 Pac-10) fell to top-ranked Arizona (46-2; 10-1 Pac-10), 3-1, on Wednesday night at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson. The four combined runs were all scored in the first two innings of action.
Arizona quickly got on the board in the bottom of the first off three hits. Leadoff hitter Caitlin Lowe reached on an infield hit and stole second. After ASU starting pitcher Bre DeSanta (9-10) retired the next batter, Wendy Allen singled to right field to drive in Lowe for the first run. UA then loaded the bases, allowing Allyson Von Liechtenstein to hit a dribbler just between the first and second baseman to plate Allen for the 2-0 lead. DeSanta then got the next batter to strikeout and end the inning.
The Devils then responded in the second when two-time All-American Phelan Wright drilled a towering home run over the left field fence off UA starter Alicia Hollowell (33-1) to cut the lead in half. It was Wright's 40th career shot and 13th of the season, tying for the team lead.
However, UA got the run back in the bottom of the inning, the same manufactured way they scored in the first. Lowe reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, Allen followed with another single to right field to score Lowe. After DeSanta walked Vandergeest, she was lifted for Desiree Serrano who got the next batter to ground out and end the threat.
Serrano then did a nice job the rest of the game as she contained the Wildcats the final four and a third innings, allowing only three hits with three strikeouts.
ASU did get a runner to second base in the seventh inning when Valerie Sevilla reached on an error and advanced to second on a ground out, but ASU could not generate enough offense to overcoming Hollowell's pitching as Sevilla was left stranded at second.
Up next, the Devils will return back to Farrington Stadium to host No. 10 Stanford on Friday at 7:00 p.m.