No. 13 Softball Comes From Behind To Win 6-5 Over UTSA
Jan. 31, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior All-American Phelan Wright's two out, two run single in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the 13th-ranked Arizona State softball team (1-0) to a 6-5 win over the University of Texas-San Antonio (0-1) tonight at Farrington Stadium.
The Sun Devils and Roadrunners held each other scoreless until the Devils fourth inning when Keri Pulcifer laced a double to centerfield, the first of her two, scoring Adriana Garcia and Katie Cobos. In the fifth, the Devils would tack one more run on when Kara Brun, who singled and advanced to second on a Wright groundout, scored when Ashley Werschky singled to left.
However, UTSA got to ASU freshman starter Desiree Serrano in the sixth inning after holding the Roadrunners to only one hit. After issuing a walk to the first batter, UTSA's Christy Brownlee drilled Serrano's pitch over the leftfield wall to cut the lead to 3-2. After another UTSA batter reached first on error by second baseman Jen McCard, and two more singles to load the bases, Serrano threw a wild pitch to score the game tying run. Then Krystal Gibson followed with a single to right, scoring two more runs for the 5-3 lead.
ASU junior Susan Aguilar (1-0) then replaced Serrano and got the next two batters to hit into fielder's choice and got the next batter to strikeout to end the UTSA threat.
The Devils would then make the comeback in the bottom of the sixth. Garcia opened with a single, then advanced to second on another single by Pulcifer. Kristin Farber followed with another single to center, driving in Garcia. After Jennifer Forner grounded out, advancing runners to second and third, Brun was intentionally walked to bring Wright to the plate with bases loaded. ASU's all-time career leader in batting average then singled to left, driving in the go-ahead runs.
Serrano would re-enter the game in the seventh and proceeded to put down the UTSA side in order to pick up the save. Serrano ended the game, allowing five hits with three earned runs and seven strikeouts. The Roadrunners Pagie Whitley (0-1) pitched a solid game, allowing 12 hits, five earned runs with five strikeouts. Brun and Pulcifer finished with a perfect 3-for-3 night, while Pulcifer also added two RBIs.
Up next, The Devils and Roadrunners will play the second game of their three-game series on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Farrington Stadium.