Softball Drops To No. 7 Washington, 6-3

May 14, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Arizona State softball team (33-29; 3-15 Pac-10) dropped a hard fought, up and down Pac-10 battle to No. 7 Washington (36-15; 10-8 Pac-10), 6-3, Friday afternoon in Seattle.

ASU looked to get something going early in the first off UW starter Ashley Boek (24-10). With one out, Kristin Crenshaw laid down a bunt to reach first and Phelan Wright reached on walk for two on. But Boek struckout Valerie Sevilla and got Keri Pulcifer to ground into a fielder's choice to force out Wright at second and end the inning.

UW then took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning when the ASU pitchers couldn't settle down and one costly error. Leadoff hitter Dominique Lastrapes single to left off starter Desiree Serrano. Aimee Minor then laid down a sacrifice bunt to Wright at third, but her throw to first was wide to leave both runners safe. Kristen Rivera was then intentionally walked to load the bases and Dena Tyson was subsequently walked forcing in the first run. Following that, Bre DeSanta (10-11) relived Serrano, but she then threw a wild pitch to plate Minor for the second run. Kathy Fiske was then hit by a pitch, allowing the next batter, Courtney Jeffries to single to left to score Rivera for the final run.

The Devils then got one back in the second off two UW errors. Himmita Hixson reached on an infield single. Katie Cobos followed with another hit towards the shortstop Amanda Oleson, who misplayed the ball, allowing Hixson to move to third and then score as Fiske over threw second base attempting to get Cobos out.

In the bottom of the second with one out, UW loaded the bases again off two hits and a walk, but DeSanta worked out of it getting a force at home and striking out Fiske to end the threat.

ASU then came back to tie the game in the third. Crenshaw and Wright both walked and Sevilla single to center to load the bases, allowing Pulcifer to also single to center to drive in both Crenshaw and Wright. ASU then loaded the bases again and put on the suicide squeeze play when Ashley Werschky put down a bunt, but Sevilla was called out at home on a close, questionable call when Boek tossed the ball to Rivera to tag out a sliding Sevilla. ASU had the bases load once again and looked in great shape to take lead, but Cobos grounded into an inning ending 1-2-5 double play.

UW then reclaimed the 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning when Minor hit into a bases loaded fielder's choice to plate Oleson, who doubled to leadoff the inning. The Huskies tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning to extend the lead to 6-3 when Sarah Hyatt hit a two-out, two-run home run over the leftfield fence. Werschky then relived DeSanta in the circle to get the last out of the inning.

The Devils then could not get anything else across the plate.

Up next, the Devils will travel to Los Angles to face UCLA in a season-ending doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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