A three-run home run to left centerfield in the fourth inning by senior right fielder Jamie Hlebechuk sealed the win for Arizona State, its first over rival Arizona in 38 games.
Sophomore pitcher Kirsten Voak (26-4) notched the win, limiting the UA to one run on four hits, while striking out seven and allowing no walks.
After Arizona starter Jennie Finch (21-2) got Voak to line out to left field and Erin Wardein to ground out to short, Stacey Farnworth was then hit by a pitch and then advanced to second by a Jennifer Forner single to left field. Hlebechuck then stepped to the plate and nailed the Finch offering over the fence to break the scoreless tie.
Each team would load the bases in the first two innings, but either team could manage to get a run across. The Sun Devils left six runners on base, while the Wildcats left four. Arizona has now scored only one run in the past 21 innings.
In the seventh inning, the UA's Lindsey Collins would end Voak's shutout bid when, with one out, launched a solo home run over the right field fence. After a Finch single, Voak would strikeout Allison Andrade and get Chrissy Gil to fly out to left field to end the threat and the game.
Five different ASU players contributed with a hit, including Missy Hixon, Nichole Thompson and Erica Beach. Collins led the Wildcats with a 2-for-3 performance, including a double and a home run, while Finch and Toni Mascarenas had the other two hits.
Arizona State and Arizona will tangle again tomorrow at Farrington Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
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