No. 20 Softball Shuts Out Buffalo and Defeats New Mexico State In Five Innings

March 6, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State softball team (22-9) posted two more wins Saturday at the ASU Triangular at Farrington Stadium by shutting out Buffalo, 6-0 and defeating New Mexico State, 9-1, in a five inning mercy-rule game. The Devils pitching staff has now surrender only three runs in the past seven games, including one this weekend.

In the first game against the Aggies, pitcher Bre DeSanta (6-3) pitched a one-hitter, allowing no erned runs with five strikeouts in five innings. ASU tallied four runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth inning.

In the fourth, after Phelan Wright reached on a fielder's choice, ASU's two-out rally started when Kari Pulcifer reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, moving Wright to second. Ashley Werschky followed with another single to load the bases. Katie Cobos then took the first pitch she saw and laced it down the third base line to plate Wright. Kim Zadrozny, pinch-hitting, drilled a bases clearing three-run double to center field to push the lead to 4-0.

New Mexico State scored their sole run in the fourth off of a sacrifice fly by Lisette Wilson. But ASU then tacked on five more runs in the fifth, three coming off the bat of Wright as she knocked her sixth home run of the year over the center field fence. Pulcifer followed with a solo home run of her own and Kristin Farber walked home the final run with the bases loaded.

In the second game against Buffalo, Desiree Serrano (11-2) scattered six hits and struckout eight as she recorded her sixth shutout of the year. The Devils tallied all six runs in the third inning off of seven hits and three Bull's errors.

Farber singled and then sole second. Trisha Tornberg advanced to first on a bunt back to the pitcher, moving Farber to third, but the pitcher's throw to get Tornberg out at first was low and went into shallow right field, letting Farber score from third. After Tornberg stole second, Valerie Sevilla doubled Tornberg home and also advanced to third on an error by the center fielder. Wright followed with another single to center to plate Sevilla.

After the bases were loaded again, Zadrozny walked to drive in another run and Heidi Knabe then hit a shot to the second baseman, who misplayed the ball allowing another run to score. With the bases still loaded, Farber ended the game with an infield hit as the final run came home for the 6-0 margin.

Serrano then fanned the Buffalo side in order in the seventh notching the complete game shutout.

Up next, the three teams will square off for a final time on Sunday with Buffalo facing New Mexico State at 10:00 a.m. and the Devils taking on Buffalo at 12:00 p.m.

Complete Scores From Saturday's Triangular:

Buffalo 5 (8 innings)

New Mexico State 4

Arizona State 9 (5 innings)

New Mexico State 1

Arizona State 6

Buffalo 0

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