Softball Falls To No. 4 California, 2-0, In Semifinals

March 10, 2001

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (21-6) fell in the semifinals to fourth-ranked California (27-0), 2-0, tonight at the National Invitational Softball Tournament in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Arizona State out hit the Golden Bears 4-2, but a two-run first inning by Cal was all the scoring the game featured as both pitchers settled in for a quick 1:23 minute game.

Cal opened the inning with a walk. After a sacrifice to move the runner to second, Cal's Paige Bowie singled to center field to drive in the run. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Golden Bear's then hit into a fielder's choice back to ASU pitcher Erica Beach, but her throw home missed catcher Stacey Farnworth to score the second run.

That was all that Beach (11-4) would allow, but ASU could not get any offense going stranding four runners throughout the game. In the fourth and fifth innings, the Sun Devils had runners in scoring position, but couldn't plate anyone.

Phelan Wright led ASU with a 2-for-3 night, raising her average to .386. Kristin Farber and Kirsten Voak had the other two hits.

Up next, Arizona State will face the winner of the Iowa vs. Virginia Tech game at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday. The winner will then advance to the finals to face California for the championship at 2:00 p.m.

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