Softball Shuts Out Texas-San Antonio, 8-0, in Six Innings to Open 2005 Season

Feb. 4, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Behind a three-hit, complete game shutout from junior pitcher Ashley Werschky and a pair of home runs each from freshman Mindy Cowles and senior Valerie Sevilla, the Arizona State University softball team (1-0) shut out the University of Texas-San Antonio (0-1), 8-0, in a run-ruled shortened game that lasted only six innings.


The Sun Devils wasted little time getting on the board in the bottom of the first when Sevilla pick right up where she left off last year (team leader in home runs with 15) as she nailed a line drive, two-run home run over the centerfield fence. Freshman Rhiannon Baca reached on an infield hit to third base also scoring on Sevilla's home run.


In the bottom of the third, ASU extended the lead to 4-0 when Cowles crushed her first career home run over the centerfield fence, estimated at 235 feet. Sophomore Kristin Crenshaw led off the inning with a single to left center to also come home Cowles shot.


UTSA looked to get on the board in the fourth as Krystal Gibson led off the inning with a double to left centerfield, and then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Werschky. However, Werschky then settled in and got the next batter to strikeout, while sophomore Heidi Knabe threw out anther Roadrunner attempting to steal second for the second out. Werschky then struck out the final batter to end the threat and strand Gibson at third.


In the bottom of the fifth, Cowles again launched another 230-plus foot home run, this time over the leftfield fence, scoring Baca again who earlier reached on an infield hit. And the home runs didn't stop there as Sevilla knocked her second of the night also over the leftfield fence for the 7-0 lead.


The Sun Devils ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Ciri Bryan opened the frame with a single to center while Werschky followed with another single to rightfield. With one out, junior Kim Zadrozny then pinch hit for Michelle Smith and promptly singled a 1-1 pitch to right field to drive in Bryan for the final 8-0 tally.


Werschky pitched a solid opening game as she held the Roadrunners, who led the nation last year in home runs with 101, to only three hits with four strikeouts. UTSA's Ursula Mares started the game, going three innings and allowing four runs off four hits with three strikeouts. Amanda Nikolenko finished the final two and third giving up six hits and four runs.


Up next, the two teams will square off in the second game of the three-game series at Farrington Stadium on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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