No. 6 Softball Wins Louisville Slugger Tournament

Feb. 18, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The sixth-ranked Arizona State softball team (10-2) swept a doubleheader from Illinois State (5-5), 8-4 in nine innings and 4-0, enroute to the Louisville Slugger Championship.

In a seesaw battle in the first game, the Sun Devils and Redbirds went nine innings before ASU scored five times in the ninth to seal the win. ISU scored first in the second inning, but ASU would tie the game in the third inning when Kristin Farber singled up the middle to bring in Stacey Farnworth.

ISU would add another run in the bottom of the third, but Kara Brun would knot the game again at two apiece when she lead off the sixth inning with a solo home run to center field.

Both teams could not score in the seventh, however, each team did score once in the eight to tie the game once more at 3-3.

In the top of the ninth, with Alicia Flanagan placed on second, Phlean Wright laid down a sacrifice bunt that she beat out, advancing Flanagan to third base. After a ground out, Jennifer Forner then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Flanagan from third and advancing Wright to third. Missy Hixon then singled up the middle to bring Wright home.

After a bunt single by Farber, Nichole Thompson then tripled to right center, bringing home Hixon and Farber. Brun then singled to deep third base to bring home Thompson for the final run.

ISU would tack on one more in the bottom of the inning, but that was all as Erica Beach (6-1) went the distance, allowing only two earned runs with four strikeouts.

Brun led the Sun Devils, going 4-for-5 with her second home run of the season and three RBIs. Farber went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI.

In the championship game, ASU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Brun reached on a fielder's choice, but Hixon came across the plate. Beach then singled to right center to bring in Brun for the second run.

The Sun Devils would add two more runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Farber singled to right field to plate one run, while Thompson earned a walk to score the final run.

Kristen Swetel (2-0) pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing only five hits, while Beach came in for the final inning and at third to post the save.

Four different ASU players recorded RBIs. Farber continued her hot bat as she went 3-for-4 with a RBI.

Up next, Arizona State will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Columbus, Georgia to compete in the NFCA Leadoff Classic, February 23-25.

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