No. 14 Softball Sweeps Double-Header With No. 6 California, 1-0 and 1-0

May 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team capped off the final day of the regular season Saturday with a pair of 1-0 victories in a double-header sweep against No. 6 California.

With the wins, the Beavers finish the regular season with a 43-22-1 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the Pacific-10 Conference (OSU's second best conference finish ever), while the Golden Bears drop to 49-15 overall and 6-14 in Pac-10 play.

A pre-game ceremony honored Oregon State seniors Brooke Rutschman and Shawna Feldt who were making their final appearance in the OSU Softball Complex. Both seniors played big roles in the double-header sweep, with Rutschman scoring the game-winner in the first game and Feldt putting the only run on the board in the bottom of the ninth in game-two.

'This was a great way to cap off senior weekend,' commented OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Both Brooke and Shawna were instrumental offensively and defensively.'

After a scoreless tie through six and a half innings in game one, the Beavers finally pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth.

Rutschman reached first on an error by Cal sophomore Veronica Nelson at first base and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Michelle Chariton. Rutschman then scored the lone run of the game on a double to straight away center by Feldt.

Freshman Monica Hoffman picked up the victory, scattering six hits over the game, to improve to 12-12 on the year.

Feldt and teammate Shelly Prochaska each went 2-for-3 from the plate for the Beavers.

Following a ceremony to honor four-time OSU All-American Tarrah Beyster, game two started in the same fashion as the opener, this time taking 8.5 innings before a run crossed the plate.A pitchers dual had both teams struggling to get runners on base.

A one-out double in the top of the fifth by OSU's Steph Adams broke up Cal junior Jocelyn Forest's no hitter, while the Bears did not snap Beaver pitcher Crystal Draper's no hitter until the top of the seventh with two outs when sophomore Eryn Manahan singled to shortstop.

Neither team scored in regulation, forcing the game to extra innings. Cal attempted to rally in ninth. With one out, junior Candace Harper drew a walk. Sophomore Veronica Nelson then got hit by a pitch, moving Harper to second and giving Cal a runner in scoring position with one out. The next batter popped out followed by a strikeout to end the threat and give the Beavers an opportunity in their half of the ninth.

Feldt blasted a leadoff double off the centerfield wall, her second extra base hit of the game, to set up Prochaska for the game-winning RBI single to right field.

Feldt avoided the tag from Cal's catcher to score the lone run of the contest, (her 100th of her career) and was tackled by her overjoyed teammates.

Draper earned the victory for the Beavers, allowing just two hits while striking out four. With the win, her 28th of the year, she ties the Oregon State single season record for victories.

'Monica and Crystal each pitched great,' commented Walker. 'We had solid defense behind them in both games and it gave our offense the opportunity to squeak out a run.'

The Beavers now wait to hear where they will head for post-season NCAA Regional Tournament action. A live selection show airs Sunday at 5:30 PDT on Fox Sports Net Northwest.

GAME RESULTS:
Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
No. 6 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
No. 14 Oregon State 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 7 0
Pitching: Cal: DiSalvio and Scott, Oregon: Hoffman and T. Fledt
2B: Feldt (OSU)
WP: Hoffman (12-12) LP: DiSalvio (18-7)

Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
No. 6 California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
No. 14 Oregon State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Pitching: Cal: Forest and Scott, Oregon: Draper and T. Fledt
2B: Adams, S. Feldt (OSU)
WP: Draper (28-10) LP: Forest (25-7) Save: None
Cal: (49-15, 6-14) Oregon: (43-22, 10-10)

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