Softball Destroys Chattanooga, 13-0, Faces Alabama At 5:30 p.m. PDT
May 18, 2001
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Oregon State's softball squad dominated Chattanooga from start to finish en route to a 13-0 victory on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL.
The No. 14 ranked Beavers matched their season-high with 15 hits and reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this year. Both were NCAA Regional Tournament records for OSU.
'When you swing the bat and score a lot of runs, it's very enjoyable,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We took advantage of the runners we had on base and swung the bat better all day.'
OSU jumped in front early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Senior Brooke Rutschman led off the game with a single and was sacrificed to second by Michelle Chariton. A wild pitch by UTC's Beth Alexander allowed Rutschman to reach third and when fellow senior Shawna Feldt followed with a walk the Beavers had runners at the corners.
Shelly Prochaska belted a high fly to right but it was too shallow for Rutschman to score, bringing Traci Feldt to the plate with two-out. Feldt sent a 1-2 pitch up the middle to plate both her sister and Rutschman and give the Beavers the lead for good.
Oregon State added six more runs in the second, taking advantage of six hits and a pair of Chattanooga errors while batting around in the inning.
The Beavers continued their scoring dominance with two runs in the third and three more in the fourth before the game was called at the end of the fifth inning due to the 8-run 'mercy rule'.
Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman (13-12) went the distance for the Beavers allowing just one hit in five innings of action.
Hoffman had her no-hitter broken up when the Mocs recorded their lone hit in the fourth inning. Connie Ness hit a liner to centerfield that slipped out of glove of a diving Michelle Chariton.
Oregon State had 11 different batters record at least one hit in the contest and four players had two hits.
Rutschman finished a perfect 2-for-2 from the plate with two runs scored in just two innings of action. Sophomore Brynnen Guthrie had a pair of doubles on the afternoon while Shawna Feldt went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Shelly Prochaska finished 2-for-3 with four RBI.
'We were more focused and determined as soon as we stepped off the bus,' said Walker. 'Today we played more to our ability.'
The Beavers continue action Friday evening at 5:30 PDT, with a must-win game against host school and No. 1 seeded Alabama.
Oregon State - 262 30 - 13 15 1
Chattanooga - 000 00 - 0 1 4
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Alexander, Trudell (1), Winckler (2), etc., etc., and Welsh (UTC). WP - Hoffman (13-12), LP - Alexander (24-8). 2B - Guthrie (2) (OSU). SB - S. Feldt (OSU).