No. 8 Softball Swept By No. 3 Stanford
April 22, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The third-ranked Stanford softball team (42-6-1, 9-3 Pac-10) swept a pair of games from host and eighth-ranked Arizona State (30-14, 5-6 Pac-10) today at Farrington Stadium. The Cardinal won the first game, 6-0 and the second by a 7-2 score.
In the first game, Stanford jumped out to 1-0 lead off a Jessica Mendoza solo home run to left field. Stanford would add one more run in the fourth off of another solo home run by Jessica Allister and two more Allister RBIs in the fifth.Stanford ended the game with two more runs, one by a solo home run in the seventh inning by Sarah Beeson.
The Sun Devils had runners on second base two different times, but was unable to plate any runners. Phelan Wright led ASU with a 2-for-3 game. Freshman Kristen Swetel (4-2) started the game, allowing nine hits with six runs. Kirsten Voak came in for two batters in the fifth inning, recording two strikeouts.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinal again gained the early lead off of another home run, a two-run shot by Kira Ching.
Arizona State finally broke through in the fourth inning with two runs to tie the game. ASU loaded the bases with no out, but after two fielder's choice that cut the runners down at home for two outs, Missy Hixon singled to center field to drive in Voak and Stacey Farnworth.
However, the lead was short lived as Stanford's Michelle Thiry hit a solo home run in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Stanford would tag three more runs on the board in the sixth. Ching hit her second two-run home run of the game followed by Allister hitting another solo shot. Stanford put one more run up in the seventh to end the game.
Voak (12-6) started the game for ASU, allowing four hits, six runs with six strike outs in five inning of work. Erica Beach pitched the last two, allowing one hit and one run.
Up next, the University of Arizona comes to Tempe for a single game on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by Cox Communications, locally on cable channel 9.