#12 Softball Defeats Nevada and Southern Utah in Day One of UNLV Invitational

March 3, 2006

Las Vegas, Nev. - The 2006 UNLV Invitational kicked off Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, with the #12 Arizona State Softball Team facing off against the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds, which saw the Devils defeat both teams to push their record to 19-0.

 

In the first game, the Devils started off to a slow rolling start as the Wolf Pack struck first, scoring in the first inning against the Devils as single to left-field from Lindsey Hall was hit home from a huge double to left-field as well by the shortstop Brittany Lorenzen.

 

The Devils and Wolf Pack split the second inning with one-run apiece as the Devils scored in the top of the second after Rhiannon Baca walked and was hit to third off of a single from Jackie Vasquez and then off of a fielding error by Nevada's left-fielder.

 

The Wolf Pack struck back though in the bottom of the second with a single home run bomb to left center from center-fielder Cindy Elkins putting the Pack ahead 2-1.

 

The rest of the game was all ASU though as the Devils scored again in the third with a single from Sharee Zaleski which was hit around to score with a ground out from Knabe, and a single from Jenn McCard.

 

ASU added two more to their tally in the fourth with a double from Michelle Smith and then a two-run home run over the left-field wall.

 

Another two-run inning followed by a one-run inning in the sixth pushed the score to 7-2 by the seventh inning where ASU blew the game open scoring five runs after a single from Kaitlin Cochran later took a trip around the bases as Sharee Zaleski crushed a two-run home run over left field.

 

Zaleski was followed with a single from McCard, a walk to Jessica Mapes and another huge home run for ASU from shortstop Rhiannon Baca over the left center wall giving the Devils a final score of 12 runs off of 16 hits as the Wolf Pack couldn't retaliate in the seventh.

 

Desiree Serrano got the nod for the Nevada game and came out with 10 strikeouts, seven hits and two runs on the night.

 

In game two, the Devils took on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds where they came out slow, going scoreless for four innings before sophomore catcher Kristen Miller stepped up to nail a lead-off single-run homer over the right-center wall putting the Devils on the board, 1-0.

 

The Devils then stayed quiet until the sixth inning when a lead-off walk to Sharee Zaleski was hit around by a single from Kristen Miller, a sacrifice bunt and a ground out by Ashley Werschky putting the score at 2-0 entering the seventh.

 

After striking out the side in the sixth after coming in for Werschky, Katie Burkhart stepped up to finish off the game in the top of the seventh with two strike outs, then after a double and a walk the Devils got out of the game unscathed with a fly out to right.

 

The Devils are now 19-0 going into tomorrow's games against Virginia Tech and UNLV as the 2006 UNLV Invitational rolls on.

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