No. 20 Softball Shuts Out Buffalo And New Mexico State

March 5, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State softball team (20-9) notched a pair of shutout wins Friday at Farrington Stadium during the first day of the ASU Triangular, blanking Buffalo (4-6), 8-0 in five innings and defeating New Mexico State (2-19), 1-0. Ashley Werschky pitched a one hitter against Buffalo, while Desiree Serrano pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts against the Aggies.

In the first game against Buffalo, ASU tallied three runs in the second inning. Werschky singled to open the inning and that was followed by a Kristin Crenshaw sacrifice to move pinch runner Michelle Smith to second. Sharee Zaleski then walked and Smith moved to third on an illegal pitch by the Bulls' Sophie Barstad. The Bulls then got Smith out at home off Kristin Farber's fielder's choice. But then Trisha Tornberg took a 2-2 pitch deep off the 210-foot fence in centerfield for a bases clearing, three-run triple.

The Devils then pulled away in the fourth when Valerie Sevilla blasted a grand slam over the centerfield fence. It was Sevilla's team-leading sixth home run of the year. ASU then ended the game in the bottom of the fifth when Zaleski singled in the eighth run.

Werschky (5-3) allowed only a second inning infield hit to Melissa Pace.

A pitcher's duel between Serrano (10-2) and New Mexico State's Jennifer Bride took center stage in the second game. ASU looked to take the early lead in the first, but left the base loaded. In all, the Devils would strand eight base runners throughout the game.

The Devils finally broke through in the top of the seventh inning. With two outs, Farber beat out an infield hit and then stole her team-leading 20th consecutive base to reach second. Tornberg then came through one more time as she drilled a double into the right centerfield gap to drive in Farber for the game-winner.

The Aggies' Stacy Knight leadoff the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Serrano then struck out her 10th and 11th batters of the night to end the game.

Up next, the three teams will square off again on Saturday with the Devils taking on New Mexico State at 3:00 p.m. and Buffalo at 5:00 p.m.

Complete Scores From Friday's Triangular:

Buffalo 5

New Mexico State 3

Arizona State 8 (5 innings)

Buffalo 0

Arizona State 1

New Mexico State 0

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