#12 Softball Falls To #16 Oregon State, 8-3

April 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 16th-ranked Oregon State softball team erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, eventually winning 8-3, Sunday in rainy conditions at the OSU Softball Complex. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 29-17 overall and 5-6 in the Pac-10, while the Beavers improved to 35-16-1 and 4-5 in conference play.

The Beavers got on the board first, as leftfielder Michelle Chariton singled, stole second and then scored on a single through the right-side by second baseman Clare Burnum. The Huskies, however, erased the deficit in the third when pinch runner Nicole Wicks (Renton, Wash.) and freshman Rita Roach (Norwalk, Calif.) both came home on a RBI triple from junior rightfielder Becky Simpson (Tumwater, Wash.). Simpson later scored on a ground-out to second base by senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminster, Calif.) to take a 3-1 lead.

After Washington starting pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) kept the Beavers off the scoreboard in the second and third innings, Oregon State scored its first of five runs in the fourth inning on a infield single by catcher Traci Feldt to score Shelly Prochaska from third base.

After centerfielder Brooke Rutschman walked to load the bases with two outs, Walsh was replaced in the circle by freshman Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.). Bollinger got the next batter, Michelle Chariton to hit a sharp ground ball to the right-side of the infield, but UW second baseman Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) was unable to make the play as the ball skipped over her glove, allowing two runs to score. Burnum later added a two-run double in the same inning, giving the Beavers a 6-3 lead.

Oregon State tagged on two more runs off Washington relief pitcher Megan Owen, who replaced Bollinger in the bottom of the sixth inning, to finish the game at 8-3.

OSU pitcher Crystal Draper (21-8) picked up the win, allowing just two hits and striking out six, while Walsh took the loss to fall to 3-12 in 2001.

The Huskies head to Portland State Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m., before playing host to the first of six straight home games Friday versus Stanford, April 27, at 2 p.m.

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