No. 4 Softball Tops No. 8 Arizona State in Extra Innings
April 20, 2001
TEMPE, AZ - The No. 4 California Golden Bears and the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils needed extra innings to settle things on Friday night at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, AZ. In the top of the eighth inning with the score tied at twos, Cal sophomore Veronica Nelson ended all doubt, crushing a full-count pitch to deep left-enter field to put the Bears ahead for good, 4-2. With the win, Cal improves to 45-6 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils fall to 30-12, 5-4.
In the second inning, after sophomore Eryn Manahan reached on an error by the ASU second baseman and advanced to second on the same play, sophomore Courtney Scott sacrificed Manahan to third for the Bears first scoring opportunity. With two outs, senior Amber Phillips singled up the middle to drive in Manahan, allowing the Bears to take the 1-0 lead. The scoring was not done there, however, as sophomore Kristen Morley followed with single in the infield to advance Phillips to second. Senior Pauline Dueï¿½as followed Morley with a line-drive single to center field to drive in Phillips from second and give for Cal the early 2-0 advantage.
ASU had runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings, but senior Nicole DiSalvio got out of trouble each of the first three, but ran into trouble in the fourth. The Sun Devils sent seven runners to the plate in the fourth, had two hits with one Cal error, to score two unearned runs and tie the score at two apiece.
Both starters, Erica Beach for ASU and DiSalvio for Cal, lasted five innings before giving way to the bullpens - Kirsten Voak for ASU and Jocelyn Forest for the Bears.
Cal had multiple chances to score in the sixth and seventh, as it had runners in scoring position in each of the innings, but Voak got out of trouble to preserve the 2-2 tie.
Since neither team could figure out the scoring concept in regulation, the score remained knotted at 2-2 until the top of the eighth. Nelson took things into her own hands, blasting a two-run bomb to left-center field, scoring junior Candace Harper who led off the inning with a walk. The blast was Nelson's 16 on the year, extending both her Cal season home run record and the career home run record (30).
Forest pitched the final four innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts to earn the win and improves to 24-4 on the year.
Voak took the loss for ASU and drops to 12-5.
Cal next heads to Tucson, AZ, for a two-game series versus the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats. Saturday's first pitch is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., while Sunday has a 1 p.m. start time.
Farrington Stadium, Tempe, AZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H ENo. 4 California 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 1No. 8 ASU 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 1Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio, Forest (5) and Scott,ASU: Beach, Voak (5) and Farnworth2B: Beach (ASU), Bowie (Cal, 8)HR: Nelson (Cal, 17)WP: Forest (24-4) LP: Voak (12-5) Save: NoneCal: (45-6, 4-5 Pac-10), ASU: (30-12, 5-4 Pac-10)