Softball Falls To No. 1 Arizona, 6-0

April 9, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team (30-17; 0-3 Pac-10) fell to top-ranked Arizona (39-1; 3-0 Pac-10), 6-0, Friday night in front of an all-time attendance record of 1,663 at Farrington Stadium.

UA quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off ASU starter Desiree Serrano (15-6). With a tight strikeout, Caitlin Lowe reached on an infield single and went to second when Autumn Champion grounded out. After consecutive walks to Wendy Allen and Mackenzie Vandergeest to load the bases, Kristie Fox singled in Lowe.

In the second, ASU had its best opportunity to score off UA starter Alicia Hollowell (26-0). With one out, Kristin Farber reached on an infield single and then stole her 29th base of the year. Phelan Wright was walked, and Hollowell unleashed a wild pitch to move Farber to third and Wright to second. But Hollowell then got Keri Pulcifer to fly out and struck out Sharee Zaleski to end the threat.

UA went up 2-0 in the fourth off of a Fox solo home run over the right field fence. Then Fox tacked on two more RBIs when she singled in two more runs in the fifth. The Wildcats followed with two more runs in the sixth inning off two ASU errors.

Ashley Werschky came in relief of Serrano and gave up a single to Shelly Schultz. Van Liechtenstein then pinch ran for Shultz, who advance to second when Samantha Quintero's pop up to ASU's Kristin Crenshaw was dropped. Both runners then moved up one base on a Werschky wild pitch. Crystal Farley followed with a fielder's choice, but when catcher Heidi Knabe, who caught the ball from Wright, tried to tag out Von Liechtenstein at the plate, the ball was forced out of her glove also allowing Quintero to score as well.

Hollowell allowed only three hits, one each by Farber, Pulcifer and Trisha Tornberg while striking out 15. Serrano allowed six hits and four runs with four strikeouts. Werschky, in two innings of work, gave up three hits and two unearned runs with one strikeout.

Up next, the Sun Devils and Wildcats will conclude the two-game series on Saturday back at Farrington Stadium. The game will also be televised live on KAZ-TV with the first pitch schedule for 7:06 p.m.

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