Softball Falls To Top-Ranked Arizona, 8-0

April 10, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State softball team (30-18; 0-4 Pac-10) could only manage one hit off Wildcat pitcher Alicia Hollowell as they fell to top-ranked Arizona (40-1; 4-0 Pac-10), 8-0, in six innings Saturday night. The UA scored six runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to end the game early in front of 1,641, the second largest crowd ever at Farrington Stadium.

Both starting pitchers, Bre DeSanta (9-7) for Arizona State and Hollowell (27-0) for Arizona, kept both team in check until the UA fifth inning. However, before that, ASU shortstop Ashley Werschky made two excellent defensive plays.

In the third inning on an attempted steal by UA, Werschky ran over to third to cover the bag and made an outstanding play as she scooped up the throw from the catcher off of the ground and twisted around to tag out the runner to get ASU out of the jam. Then in the fourth, Werschky dove for a ball and caught the pop up ranging far to her right.

UA got on the board in the fifth off four hits and three Sun Devil errors. Samantha Quintero leadoff with a double and advanced to third on an infield hit by Allyson Von Liechtenstein. Caitlin Lowe followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Quintero. Wendy Allen then reached on an infield error that plated another runner. After DeSanta loaded the bases, Kristie Fox walked in another run.

DeSanta was then lifted for Desiree Serrano, but the first batter she faced, Jackie Coburn, put down a perfect push bunt on the drawn in infield that went right between the first and second baseman to score two more runs. UA ended the scoring with one more run off of the third ASU throwing error by catcher Katie Cobos, who's errant throw to second went into centerfield.

Mackenzie Vandergeest then slugged a sixth inning, two-run home run over the right centerfield fence to push the lead to a final 8-0 score.

Hollowell allowed only one hit to Phelan Wright while striking out 10. DeSanta scattered five hits and allowed five earned runs with three strikeouts. Serrano gave up four hits and two runs with two strikeouts.

Up next, the Sun Devils will travel to Berkeley to face California on Friday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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