No. 14 Ranked Softball Drops Pac-10 Opener To No. 9 Arizona State, 4-2

March 30, 2001

SALEM, Ore. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team lost its Pacific-10 Conference opener to No. 9 Arizona State, 4-2 on Friday afternoon at Wallace Marine Sports Park in Salem.

The Beavers fall to 29-12-1 overall and 0-1 in conference action, while Arizona State ups its record to 26-8 and 1-0 in Pac-10 play.

Oregon State slugged seven hits compared to ASU's nine but were unable to take advantage of scoring opportunities with runners on base.

'When you're playing a top-20 team, its difficult if you don't take advantage of opportunities,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Offensively we struggled and just didn't produce when we had runners on.'

OSU started the scoring when senior Shawna Feldt hammered a solo home run over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the third inning. The long ball was the second this season for Feldt who finished hitting 2-for-4 on the day.

The Sun Devils rallied to score three runs in the fifth as Kara Brun's RBI single to leftfield got ASU on the board. After a double by Phelan Wright, pitcher Kristen Swetel knocked in a pair of runs on a single to right-center, which gave Arizona State a 3-1 cushion.

Sophomore Cara Maxey blasted her third home run of the season with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the seventh but the Beavers were unable to put any more runs on the board.

Maxey finished the day hitting 1-for-3 while teammate Clare Burnum went 2-for-3 with a double. Steph Adams also doubled for the Beavers.

Wright finished the day a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate for Arizona State.

Oregon State pitcher, Crystal Draper (16-7) suffered the loss after allowing six hits and three runs in four innings of work.

Swetel earned the win for ASU and Kirsten Voak picked up her third save of the year.

The Beavers return to action Saturday when they host No. 2 Arizona (37-2, 1-0) at Wallace Marine Sports Park in Salem. Game-time is set for 2 p.m.

Arizona State - 000 030 1 - 4 9 0
Oregon State - 001 000 1 - 2 7 3
Draper, Hoffman (4) and T. Feldt (OSU), Beach, Swetel (4), Voak (7) and Farnworth (ASU). WP - Swetel (4-1), LP - Draper (16-7). HR - S. Feldt (OSU), Maxey (OSU). 2B - Adams (OSU), Burnum (OSU), Wright (ASU), Hixon (ASU).

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