March 28, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The third-ranked Arizona State softball team (30-8, 1-3 Pac-10) fell to a heavy-hitting Oregon Ducks team (27-10, 2-2 Pac-10), 8-1 and 7-2, while ASU freshman infielder Nichole Thompson extended her hitting streak to 14 games.
The Ducks hit five solo home runs in the first game, including two in the first inning. ASU scored its lone run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman Erica Beach that scored Holly Smith. Freshman Kirsten Voak went five innings, giving up nine hits while striking out eight before being relieved by senior Kathy Ponce in the sixth inning. Ponce went two innings, giving up one homer while striking out one.
In the second game, Oregon continued its offensive assault, reaching base 14 times and hitting two home runs. ASU scored both its runs in the second inning. Voak singled to right field to score junior Julie Adolph from second base and junior Chris Gill sacrificed to bring in senior Melissa Miller from third. Freshman pitcher Erica Beach went seven innings, giving up 14 hits and two homers, while walking five and striking out four.
The Sun Devils will host arch-rival Arizona on Saturday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Devil Club Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.