No. 9 Softball Remains Atop The Pac-10 With 5-1 Win Over No. 14 Washington

April 7, 2001

SEATTLE - The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (29-9, 4-1 Pac-10) remained atop of the Pac-10 Conference with a 5-1 win over 14th-ranked Washington (25-13, 3-2 Pac-10) today in Seattle. It was the first home loss for the Huskies this year and Arizona State's third straight conference road win. The victory also marked the schools 900th win in its storied history.

After an impressive 16 hits, 6-1 win over No. 1 UCLA yesterday in Los Angeles, the Sun Devils continued to swing a hot bat as they pounded out nine hits and five runs, while limiting both opponents to only one run.

The Sun Devils struck first in the third inning. Kirsten Voak opened the frame with a walk and then stole second base. Kristin Farber followed with an infield single to third base. Missy Hixon then reached on a fielder's choice to advance Voak to third. Nichole Thompson came through, after fouling several balls off, with a clutch two-out hit to right field to score Voak.

ASU then posted two more runs in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Voak singled to center field to score Phelan Wright, who walked earlier. Jennifer Forner followed with another single to right field, scoring Alicia Flanagan, who pinch ran for Erica Beach.

Washington would get one back in the bottom of the fourth, but the Sun Devils responded with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Thompson opened with a single to left field, followed by a Kara Brun single also to left field. After a Wright fielder's choice and a Beach walk to load the bases again, Pac-10 Player of the Week Kristen Swetel cued a ball down towards first base to score Brun. Voak then walked to reload the bases. Forner followed with another walk to bring in Wright for the final run.

Beach (14-5) pitched a solid game, allowing only one run with six strikeouts and one walk. Voak pitched to one batter in the sixth inning, striking out the player to end a UW threat. Beach re-entered and finished the seventh inning for the win.

Thompson led ASU with a 2-for-4 game with a one RBI, while seven other players added one hit. Forner collected two RBIs to give her 10 on the year.

Up next, Arizona State will conclude the two game series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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