Softball Upsets No. 10 Oregon, 1-0, In 9 Innings
May 8, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Katie Cobos singled home Kristin Crenshaw in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Arizona State softball team (32-28; 2-14 Pac-10) to a 1-0 upset win over No. 10 Oregon (37-16; 9-8 Pac-10) Saturday night at Farrington Stadium.
Both starting pitchers, Desiree Serrano (16-9) for ASU and Ani Nyhus for Oregon kept the other team in check through the game. Crenshaw did take a Nyhus pitch in the second inning to the warning track in left field, but it fell just short as the left fielder caught the ball.
Oregon had three of their nine hits in the fourth inning, but left two runners stranded as Serrano worked her way out of the inning.
It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth when the Devils struck for the win. With one out, Crenshaw singled for the second time of the game to left field. After Oregon relief pitcher Anissa Meashintubby (11-3) got the second out, Crenshaw stole second, catching Oregon off guard. That set the stage for Cobos, who fouled off several pitches before connecting on a hard single to left field. Crenshaw ran by the shortstop, Breanne Sabol, as the ball went past her and came home for the game-winning run.
Crenshaw also made several solid defensive plays on the night and went 2 for 4 at the plate. Phelan Wright led the team with a 3 for 3 game, including a double. Serrano went the distance, scattering nine hits, allowing no runs and no walks with seven strikeouts.
Up next, the Sun Devils and the Ducks will close out the series, as well as six Sun Devils seniors playing their last home game on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.