Softball's Season Comes To An End With Two Losses
May 19, 2001
BATON ROUGE, La. - Second seeded Arizona State (36-22) saw its season come to an abrupt halt today in the Region III Tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the Sun Devils dropped back-to-back games to top-seeded Louisiana State, 3-2, and third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-0.
In the first game of the semifinals, LSU gained the early lead in the first inning by scoring one run. The Tigers then went up 3-0 when they posted two more in the sixth inning. LSU's Erin Johnson connected on an Erica Beach (17-11) pitch to right field, plating the two runs.
Arizona State would cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth by way of a two-run home run from Kara Brun. Nichole Thompson singled up the middle to reach first base. Brun then launched a Britni Sneed (34-5) pitch over the left field fence. The two runs were the first that Sneed had given up all year at Tiger Park.
However, ASU could not convert any more runs in the sixth or the seventh inning as LSU advanced to the championship game on Sunday.
In the second semifinal game, which followed just an hour after the LSU game, the Sun Devils could only manage a single hit off Louisiana-Lafayette's Melissa Coronado (34-8). Phelan Wright singled up the middle in the second inning for the sole hit.
ULL scored all its runs in a big five run fifth inning. Tiffany Grayson doubled off ASU starter Kirsten Voak (15-9). After several tight and controversial strike zone calls from the home plate umpire, Voak walked three straight batters, walking home one. ULL then hit two doubles to score four more runs, all with two outs.
ASU could not get any more runners on base as its season came to an end. The Sun Devils lose only one senior, catcher Stacey Farnworth.