No. 16 Ranked Softball Tops Portland State, 3-0

April 16, 2001

PORTLAND, Ore. - The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball squad knocked off Portland State University 3-0 on Monday afternoon at Erv Lind Stadium.

With the victory, OSU improves to 33-15-1 overall while Portland State falls to 17-22.

The Beavers got on the board first with a pair of runs in the third inning. Shannon Sorg picked up OSU's first hit of the contest with a bloop single over third base. Junior Michelle Chariton followed with a single to left to put runners on first and second. Senior Brooke Rutschman fouled out to Portland State's catcher for the second out of the inning but sophomore Clare Burnum blasted a double to right-center which knocked in both runs.

'We had a few well hit balls and fortunately were able to put together three of our six hits in the third inning,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Overall, I was disappointed in our intensity and felt like this was a sub-par mental performance.'

The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the fourth, after a one-out single and walk put a pair of runners on base. Oregon State squelched the rally however when pitcher Crystal Draper forced a groundout and then struck out senior Stephanie Hagen to end the inning.

PSU never put another runner on base and OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman retired six straight, including three strikeouts after entering the game in the sixth inning.

'Both pitchers did a nice job and really kept us in the game,' said Walker.

The Beavers added an insurance run in the seventh when Steph Adams recorded an inside the park home run when her fly ball to centerfield snuck under the glove of the Viking outfielder and rolled to the fence.

The long ball was the fifth of the season for Adams. OSU had four extra base hits on the afternoon including a double by Shelly Prochaska and a triple by Shawna Feldt.

Draper struck out four on the way to her 19th victory of the season.

Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers open play at the new OSU softball complex against No. 1 ranked UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Score by innings: R H E-------------------------------------------Oregon State 002 000 1 - 3 6 0Portland State 000 000 0 - 0 4 0-------------------------------------------

Draper, Hoffman (6) and T. Feldt, Prochaska (6) (OSU), Seibert and Papasadero (PSU). WP- Seibert, 12-12 (PSU). LP - Draper, 18-8 (OSU). 2B - Burnum (OSU), Prochaska (OSU). 3B - S. Feldt (OSU). HR - Adams (OSU).

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