No. 9 Softball Blanks Oregon, 6-0

April 27, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Behind a combined 14 hits, the ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (31-15, 6-7 Pac-10) snapped a season long six game loosing streak by shutting out Oregon (25-31, 1-12 Pac-10), 6-0 tonight at Farrington Stadium.

Junior Kirsten Voak (13-6) went the distance, limiting Oregon to five hits with 10 strikeouts. It was Voak's second double-digit strikeout game this year and her 17th career.

ASU posted its first three runs in the second inning. Erica Beach started by being hit by a pitch and was then replaced by Alicia Flangan to pinch run. After Flanagan was caught stealing, Missy Hixon singled to left field. Voak then doubled to right center to drive in Hixon for the first run.

First baseman Shiloh Talanoa then stepped to plate and crushed her fourth home run of the year, a two-run shot over the 210-foot fence that hit the rock pile, estimated at least 250 feet.

In the fifth inning, the Sun Devils would tag on three more runs. Beach again started the inning with a single to center field, followed by a Hixon infield hit. Beach and Hixon then moved up to third and second respectively after Oregon's Anissa Meashintubby fired a wild pitch.

Voak followed that with another infield single to first base to score Beach. Nichole Thompson also singled back wide of the pitcher to score Voak from third. Kara Brun then walked in the final run.

Oregon had one threat going in the fifth inning with runners on first and third, but Voak got the next batter to foul out to the catcher to end the inning. Voak then struck out the side in the seventh inning to close the door.

The Ducks used three pitchers. Starter Lisa Wangler (5-9) went two and two-thirds with seven hits and three runs. Meashintubby then came in for two and two-thirds innings, also giving up seven hits and three runs. Connie McMurren finished off the final inning.

Every Arizona State started except one had at least one hit. Thompson led ASU with a 3-for-4 night with one RBI. Voak helped her own cause with a 2-for-3 game with two RBIs and two runs scored. Kristin Farber and Missy Hixon also had two hits each, while Talanoa went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Up next, Arizona State host 14th-ranked Oregon State Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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