No. 20 Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Missouri; Phelan Wright Sets Home Run Mark

March 10, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 20th-ranked Arizona State softball team (24-10) split a doubleheader against Missouri (10-12) on Wednesday night at Farrington Stadium, falling in the first game, 9-0 in five innings, then bouncing back to win in five innings, 10-1. In the second game, Phelan Wright hit her 35th career home run, setting a new Arizona State record.

In the nigh cap, Bre DeSanta (7-3) pitched a two-hitter, allowing one run with six strikeouts. The Devils jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first off three extra base hits. Kristin Farber opened the game with her first career triple as she laced the ball down the third base lane and into the corner. Valerie Sevilla, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, stepped up a hit a double to left to drive in Farber. Wright followed with her career record, a two-run, line-drive blast over the center field fence.

In the third, Sevilla continued her torrid pace with a solo home run over the right centerfield fence. Himmita Hixson then added to the lead with an RBI single. Missouri plated one run in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Kathy Masterson.

ASU ended the game in the bottom of the fourth when they scored five more times off four hits and one Tiger error. Farber singled and then stole second. She then came home when Sevilla's fly ball to the right fielder was dropped. Wright then doubled to center for another run and Keri Pulcifer singled to drive in the third run of the inning. Sharee Zaleski followed with a sharp single over the third baseman to drive in the final two runs for the 10-1 margin.

Farber ended the game with 3 for 4 night with two runs scored, while Wright went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Missouri used three pitchers in the game.

In the first game, ASU could not get their bats going as they could only get five hits off Tiger's pitcher Erin Kalka. Missouri put one up in the first and two more in the second off starter Desiree Serrano (11-3). The Tigers then went up 3-0 in the third when Amanda Jo White hit a solo home run. Missouri ended the game in the fifth inning with four more runs off six hits and two Sun Devil errors.

Up next, the Devils will catch a plane on Thursday and head to Sunnyvale, California to compete in the National Invitational Softball Tournament, March 12-14. ASU will open pool play against Minnesota at 2:00 p.m. (Pacific) and Sacramento State at 4:00 p.m.

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