Oregon State Loses To Washington

May 4, 2001

SEATTLE, WA - No. 14 ranked Oregon State's comeback bid fell short as theBeavers dropped Friday's softball game against No. 12 Washington, 2-1.The Beavers fall to 40-20-1 overall and 7-8 in the Pacific-10 Conferencewhile Washington improves to 34-19 on the season and 8-8 in conferenceaction.

Back-to-back singles by Brooke Rutschman and Michelle Chariton to lead offthe first inning proved to be uneventful as Husky hurler Tia Bollingerretired the next three OSU batters to get out of a potential jam.

Oregon State took advantage of another Rutschman hit in the third inning andthis time didn't leave the senior stranded. Rutschman led off the third witha triple off the wall in center field and Shawna Feldt's one-out single upthe middle put the Beavers in front 1-0.

Washington rallied back in the bottom half of the inning. Three consecutivetwo-out singles pushed the tying run across the plate as Rita Roach scoredon a single to right field by Kelly Hauxhurst.

The Huskies added the game-winner in the fifth. Becky Simpson reached baseon a slap-chopper in front of the plate to reach base with one-down. Simpsonstole second on the ensuing pitch and scored on a shallow single up themiddle by Hauxhurst.

The Beavers put together a rally in the seventh when Michelle Notaro led offthe inning with a single. Rutschman's sacrifice bunt advanced Notaro tosecond to put the tying run in scoring position and Michelle Chariton at theplate. Chariton reached on an error by UW shortstop Jaime Clark to put tworunners on with just one out.

Senior Shawna Feldt followed with a hard chopper that deflected off ofBollinger's glove to Clark at shortstop who dished the ball to ChristieRosenblad at second base to get Chariton out. Notaro, who was running on theplay attempted to score and was thrown out by Rosenblad at the plate to endthe game.

Rutschman finished the day 2-for-3 from the plate, as the Beavers were heldto just six hits in the contest.'Brooke had a great day offensively and Michelle Notaro hit the ball well,'commented OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Overall it was a hard fought, veryclose game.'

OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman picked up the loss after entering the game inrelief of Crystal Draper in the fifth. Both hurlers combined to allow justsix hits in the game.

'Crystal and Monica combined to pitch a nice game,' said Walker.Oregon State continues its road swing with a game at UCLA on Saturday. TheBeavers and No. 2 ranked Bruins will square off at 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:Oregon State -- 001 000 0 -- 1 5 0Washington -- 001 010 x -- 2 6 1Draper, Hoffman (5) and T. Feldt (OSU), Bollinger and Hanson (UW). WP --Bollinger (30-5), LP -- Hoffman (11-10). 3B -- Rutschman (OSU). SB -- Simpson(UW), Prochaska (OSU).

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