Softball Shuts Down No. 10 Oregon, 3-0
May 9, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior pitcher Bre DeSanta pitched a four-hit compete game shutout as the Arizona State softball team (33-28; 3-14 Pac-10) upset No. 10 Oregon (37-17; 9-9 Pac-10), 3-0, for the second straight day on Senior Day, Sunday afternoon at Farrington Stadium. All six ASU seniors contributed in the shutout victory as they played their final home game.
On a hot and sunny afternoon with the temperatures climbing towards 100 degrees, the Sun Devils struck first in the third inning off Oregon starter Ani Nyhus (20-11). After senior Kristin Farber reached on a fielder's choice and Kristin Crenshaw singled to leftfield for two on and one out, senior Phelan Wright drilled a double off the leftfield fence to score Farber and move Crenshaw to third. Nyhus followed with an intentional walk to Valerie Sevilla to load the bases. Senior Keri Pulcifer then laid down a perfect sacrifice squeeze as Crenshaw darted home from third and slid under the tag by catcher Jenn Poore for the 2-0 lead.
Amy Harris then relived Nyhus in the fourth inning as she got Oregon out of trouble. However, to leadoff the fifth inning, Sevilla nailed her team-leading 15th home run of the year off Harris over the centerfield fence for the final 3-0 lead. The home run tied the ASU single-season record set by Wright last year.
DeSanta (10-11) went the distance for her first Pac-10 win as she limited the Ducks to four hits with six strikeouts. Oregon did manage to get base runners on as they stranded eight runners, but DeSanta worked her way out of every situation.
Senior first baseman Kari Reidhead had a single in the second inning and senior Trisha Tornberg also had a single in the fourth inning off Nyhus, her former teammate at Central Arizona. Crenshaw continued to have a hot bat as she went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Senior catcher Katie Cobos, who hit the game-winning single in Saturday night's game, picked off one Oregon runner in the first inning.
Poore led the Ducks with a 2 for 3 game. Nyhus went three and a third innings, allowing five hits and two runs with two walks and no strikeouts. Harris went one and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on one hit, while Anissa Meashintubby pitched the final inning, allowing one hit. All three Oregon pitchers had to work out of trouble in several of the innings as ASU left 10 runners on base.
Up next, the Sun Devils will travel to Washington for a single game on Friday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. ASU will then head down to Los Angeles to face UCLA in a season-ending doubleheader on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m.