Softball Falls To No. 9 Stanford, 7-6

April 30, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team (31-25; 1-11 Pac-10) made a late run during a back and forth game with a pair of home runs in the fifth inning, but fell just short to No. 9 Stanford (39-12; 9-4 pac-10), 7-6, Friday night at Farrington Stadium.

The Sun Devils went ahead 1-0 in the first when Phelan Wright put down a bunt single to drive in Kristin Farber form third.

Stanford then took a 4-1 lead in the second inning off five hits and one ASU error. Jackie Rinehart plated two of the runs with a bases loaded single to center. ASU got one of the runs back in the third. With the bases loaded, Heidi Knabe reached on a fielder's choice, but the Cardinal second baseman's throw to the plate pulled the catcher as Farber scored her second run of the game.

The Cardinal then came right back with two more runs in the fourth when Catalina Morris hit a home run over the left field fence, and tagged on one more in the fifth for the 7-2 lead.

The Devils bats then came back alive in the bottom of the fifth. Keri Pulcifer walked and that was followed by Valerie Sevilla's 14th home run of the year to cut the lead to 7-4. Wright followed with an infield single. Knabe then drilled another home run off Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (24-7) over the center field fence to get within one at 7-6.

But that was all the Devils could get as Laura Severson pitched the final two innings for the Cardinal, allowing only one hit with four strikeouts for her second save of the year.

Desiree Serrano (15-9) took the loss, giving up 11 hits and seven runs, but only two were earned. Bre DeSanta pitched the final inning for the Devils.

Sevilla led ASU with a 4 for 4 night, including two RBIs and a run scored, Knabe posted three RBIs, while Farber went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Up next, the Sun Devils will host No. 4 California on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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