No. 16 Softball Stuns No. 1 UCLA, 2-1
April 20, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Clare Burnum's 2-RBI single in the fifth inning gave No. 16 ranked Oregon State all of the runs it would need, as the Beavers knocked off No. 1 UCLA, 2-1 in Friday's inaugural game at the OSU Softball Complex.
The victory was just the fifth-ever (5-57) for the Beavers against the Bruins as OSU improves to 34-15-1 overall and 3-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference while UCLA falls to 42-4 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
'It was obviously a fairy tale type of opportunity,' said Oregon State head coach Kirk Walker, a former coach and alum of UCLA. 'Playing the No. 1 team in the country, and for us to come out and play well the first five inning was a great feeling.'
Pre-game festivities saw Oregon State Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart throw out the first pitch following the stadium ribbon cutting by Walker.
Crystal Draper started the action in the field with a strike to UCLA's Natasha Watley who eventually reached on a single but was stranded at third when the inning ended.
Senior Brooke Rutschman lead off the OSU half of the first inning with a single to left field for the first Beaver hit in the new stadium but Oregon State was unable to get anything else going in the frame.
Both squads belted a pair of hits in the second inning but were unable to get any runs across the plate.
Draper retired the Bruins three-up-three-down over the next three innings, recording five ofher six strikeouts in the skein.
UCLA's hurler, Keira Goerl retired the Beaver batters in order in the third and fourth innings but OSU broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth.
With one down, junior Michelle Chariton's fielders choice allowed her to reach first base while Brynnen Guthrie (who had reached base on an error earlier in the inning) was thrown out a second. Rutschman stepped to the plate and blasted a shot to left-center, which moved Chariton to third and allowed Rutschman to advance to second on the throw. Burnum followed with a two-out single to right field and both runs scored as the Bruins attempted to throw Burnum out at first.
The Bruins got on the board in the sixth inning after a leadoff hit by Watley was followed by a one-out blast to left-center field by Tairia Mims. Watley rounded third to score easily but Mims slipped halfway to second base on what would have been a double, and was eventually tagged out in a run-down by shortstop Shawna Feldt. Draper struck out Stacey Nuveman to end the UCLA threat and the inning.
UCLA earned their sixth hit of the contest when Courtney Dale reached in the seventh inning on a two-out bunt single but pinch hitter Marcel Torres grounded out to Guthrie at third base to seal the Beaver victory.
'After we got those two runs in the fifth inning, we kind of knew that something might be happening,' commented Walker. 'It was a great way to open up the stadium.'
Rutschman finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored while Burnum went 1-for-2 with two RBI. Draper recorded her 20th win of the season (20-8) and 19th complete game.
'Clare (Burnum) had a great day,' said Walker. 'She made a great catch early on and she came through with the big hit with two outs.'
The Beavers return to action Saturday when they host No. 12 Washington at 2 p.m.
UCLA - 000 001 0 - 1 6 2
Oregon State - 000 020 0 - 2 5 0
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Goerl and Nuveman (UCLA). WP - Draper (20-8), LP - Goerl (16-1).SB - Watley (UCLA).