Softball Drops Both Ends Of Doubleheader To No. 5 UCLA, 6-0/10-0

May 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The Arizona State softball team (33-31; 3-17 Pac-10) dropped a season-ending doubleheader to No. 5 UCLA (39-9; 12-8 Pac-10), 6-0 in the first game and 10-0 in the second, in a five inning game.

In game one of the doubleheader, UCLA struck first in the bottom of the third inning with two long home runs. After a leadoff walk to Ashley Herrera, ASU starting pitcher Ashley Werschky (7-9) gave up a two-run home run to Caitlin Benyi over the leftfield fence. After retiring the next two Bruin batters, Claire Sua then drilled a solo home run also over the leftfield fence for the 3-0 lead.

The Sun Devils then blew a golden opportunity to get right back into the game in the fourth inning off pitcher Keira Goerl (23-7). After Kristin Crenshaw reached on an infield hit to third, Phelan Wright was walked and Valerie Sevilla reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with no outs. But Goerl then struck out Keri Pulcifer looking and Werschky, along with pinch hitter Kim Zadrozny to both strike out swinging to get out of the jam.

UCLA then went up 6-0 off three hits. After Werschky loaded the bases on a single and two walks, Andrea Duran singled to centerfield to drive in two runs. Bre DeSanta then relived Werschky and got the next Bruin batter to strikeout for the second out, but Sua followed with a single to right field to drive in the sixth run.

ASU looked to get on the board for the last time in the sixth inning. With one out, Wright laid down a perfect bunt to third and Sevilla singled to center for two on. Pinch hitter Heidi Knabe followed with a ground out to second, adavancing both runs up a base. But Goerl again worked out of it as she got Werschky to swing at the first pitch and ground out to third, stranding runners on second and third.

In the second game, the Devils had yet another golden scoring chance go to waste in the top of the first. With one out, Crenshaw singled to left off Bruin starter Lisa Dodd (14-2), while Wright reached on a bloop single to right. Sevilla then reached on a fielding error by the shortstop to load the bases. Knabe followed with a fielder's choice to the shortstop who threw home to force out Crenshaw in a very close call for the second out. Dodd then got Katie Cobos to ground out to end the inning.

UCLA then wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when leadoff Benyi slugged starting pitcher Desiree Serrano's (16-9) first pitch over the right field fence. Dodd then walked and was later driven in by Jodie Legaspi for the 2-0 lead.

ASU looked again in prime position to score in the third inning. Farber reached on an infield single and moved to second on a Crenshaw groundout. Dodd then got Wright to fly out to second for the second out. Sevilla followed with a single to right, but catcher Zaplatosch blocked the plate well and did not allow Farber to reach home off right fielder Julie Hoshizaki's throw to the plate.

The Bruins then unloaded seven runs in the third inning as 11 batters came to the plate off six hits. UCLA scored one run on a squeeze play by Ramos, then added an RBI single by Zaplatosch, an RBI double by Benyi, a two-run RBI single by Dodd and an RBI single by Sua. UCLA then tagged on one more on in the fourth inning to end the game at 10-0. The Devils then went down in order in the fifth inning to stop the game after five innings.

Up next, the Devils will now wait and see if they receive an at-large bid into the NCAA 64-team Tournament, broadcast live on ESPNews on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

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