No. 20 Softball Blanks Buffalo 10-0 In Five Innings; Ashley Werschky Comes One Out Away From A No-Hitter

March 7, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State pitcher Ashley Werschky was just one out away from recording her first career no-hitter, but Buffalo's Jessica Labella came through with a double in the top of the fifth inning to break up the no-hitter. However, that was all Werschky allowed as the 20th-ranked Sun Devil softball team (23-9) shutout the Bulls, 10-0, in a five inning mercy-rule game.

Arizona State had an impressive run through the three-day, five-game triangular as they out scored their opponents 34-1, including four shutouts. Phelan Wright also tied the all-time home run record of 34 set by former ASU standout Kara Brun, while Valerie Sevilla blasted her second grand slam of the year as she collected six RBIs on the day.

The Devils broke through in the third inning with five runs off three hits. With the bases loaded, Sevilla hit her team-leading 12th double of the year to score two runs. Wright then followed with a two-run triple to centerfield. It was Wright's first triple since her freshman year.

Arizona State then blew it open with five more in the fourth off five hits. With one out, Kari Reidhead walked, then after getting the second out, Kristin Farber reached on an infield hit. Trisha Tornberg then single to centerfield to load the bases for Sevilla's grand slam over the rightfield fence. Wright then followed with her solo home run over the leftfield fence for the 10-0 lead.

Sevilla ended the day going 2 for 3, including a double, a grand slam, two runs scored and six RBIs. Wright also went 2 for 3 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Werschky (6-4) tallied her third complete game shutout, allowing the one hit with two strikeouts.

Up next, the Devils will host Missouri in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m..

Complete Scores From Sunday's Triangular:

Buffalo 4New Mexico State 3

Arizona State 10 (5 innings)Buffalo 0

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