No. 9 Arizona State Softball Completes Sweep With 8-1 Victory Over Boston College

March 3, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - The ninth-ranked Arizona State softball team (19-4) completed a three game weekend sweep over Boston College (3-10) with an 8-1 win Sunday at Farrington Stadium. Arizona State outscored the Eagles 26-1 over the three game series.

ASU posted the first run in the third inning off a solo home run by Missy Hixon, her first of the year. Boston College tallied their first run of the series in the fourth inning. Jacqui Goodrich leadoff with a double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lisa Field then singled just over the third baseman's head to score Goodchild to tie the game at one apiece.

However, the Sun Devils recorded two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to stretch the lead to 5-1. Kristen Swetel singled to third base and then advanced to second on a throwing error by the Eagles third basman. After a Blair Holck sacrifice to move Swetel to third, Kristin Farber slashed a double to left field to score Swetel. Hixon followed with another double to right field to plate Farber. Hixon ended the game a triple shy of hitting through the cycle as she went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. In the fifth inning, Swetel smacked a two-run homer over the left field wall.

ASU ended the game with three more runs off of three Boston College errors in the sixth inning. Erica Beach collected one RBI by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field, while Swetel earned a base loaded walk for another. Swetel also had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Boston College had one more threat in the seventh. With one out, Cara Blumfield, who went 2-for-3 on the afternoon, singled hard off Swetel for an infield hit. Erin Mackey then doubled to right field to move Blumfield to third. The next batter, Elyse Meredith was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Swetel settled back in and got the next two batters to fly out and ground out to end the game.

Swetel started the game, going four and two-thirds innings. Beach (13-2) earned the win when she relived Swetel in the fourth inning with the game tied. She pitched for two and a third innings before Swetel came back in for the final inning and a third.

Up next, the Sun Devils hit the road for a two week, two tournament journey to Northern and Southern California. ASU will first head to the National Invitational Softball Tournament in San Jose from March 8-11, then travel south to Fullerton to compete in the KIA Klassic Tournament from March 13-17.

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