NO. 20 Softball Wins Two At The Fiesta Bowl; Complete Fiesta Bowl Tournament Results

Feb. 14, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State softball team (9-4) won both games Saturday at Farrington Stadium during the second day of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament by defeating Syracuse, 9-2 and Nevada, 6-1.

Against the Orangewomen, ASU found itself down 1-0 in the third inning before bouncing back to tag on five runs in the sixth inning. Valerie Sevilla walked to leadoff the inning and then moved to third on a single by Kristin Farber and an error on the shortstop. After walking Phelan Wright, Heidi Knabe put the first run on off of a fielder's choice. Keri Pulcifer then hit a slow roller back to the pitcher, but the throw home was not in time as Wright scored. Ashley Werschky followed with a two-run single to center to move the score to 5-0.

In the seventh, ASU posted four more runs. Sevilla doubled and moved to third on a Farber single. Himmita Hixson then walked to load the bases. Syracuse then walked Wright again for another run and Farber came home on a wild pitch. Pulcifer ended the scoring with an RBI single to left field.

Syracuse did put one more run on the board in the seventh when Jennifer Elderbroom doubled home Caitlin Grattan.

Bre DeSanta (2-1) pitched the first six innings, allowing six hits and one earned run with a season-high 11 strikeouts. Desiree Serrano pitched the final inning, striking out one.

In the second game against the Wolf Pack, ASU fell behind again off of an unearned run. The Devils then tied the game in the third inning when Farber reached on a fielder's choice, but the shortstop over threw the play, allowing Trisha Tornberg to come home from second.

ASU put two more runs on in the fourth inning, one off of an RBI single from Tornberg and the other from Sevilla. The Sun Devils then put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth inning.

Serrano (5-0) went the distance giving up five hits and one run, unearned, with six strikeouts. Nevada's Tiffany Hoeft took the loss giving up five runs, only one earned.

Up next, the Devils will play their final two games of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament on Sunday at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex against Dayton at 10:00 a.m. and Ohio State at 12:00 p.m.

2004 RESULTS FROM THE FIESTA BOWL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENTPHOENIX/TEMPE, ARIZONA

Saturday, February 14 (Played at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex, Phoenix)

Fresno St._3_vs._0_Western Mich.

Nevada_6_vs._5_New Mexico

Texas Tech_1_vs._2_Western Mich.

Texas St._11_vs._1_Dayton (5)

Texas Tech_0_vs._6_Washington

Ohio St._1_vs._3_Texas

Texas St._4_vs._2_CS Fullerton (8)

Arizona_19_vs._0_Dayton (5)

Texas A&M_2_vs._4_Washington

Ohio St._3_vs._1_Oregon

UMass_5_vs._6_CS Fullerton

Arizona_7_vs._0_Texas

Texas A&M_6_vs._0_New Mexico

CS Northridge_1_vs._6_Oregon

Saturday, February 14 (Played at ASU's Farrington Softball Stadium, Tempe)

CS Northridge_7_vs._0_UMass

Fresno St._6_vs._3_Syracuse

Arizona St._9_vs._2_Syracuse

Arizona St._6_vs._1_Nevada

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