No. 18 Softball Pounds Opposition At Southern Utah Tourney

Feb. 3, 2002

ST. GEORGE, Utah - -

The No. 18 Oregon State softball squad opened up its offensive arsenal on Sunday to pound both Southern Utah and Saint Mary's College at the Thunderbird Canyon Park Classic and improve its record to 3-1 on the season.

The Beavers opened with an 8-0 win over tournament host Southern Utah in the morning game, and followed that with a 7-0 victory against Saint Mary's.

The Beavs allowed just four hits in the two games, with senior Crystal Draper going 5 2/3 innings and giving up just one hit against Saint Mary's. Sophomore Monica Hoffman pitched six innings, giving up three hits and striking out 10 while shutting out SUU before the eight run rule took effect.

OSU opened the first inning against Southern Utah with a Brynnen Guthrie homerun to left center to lead off the game. One out later, Clare Burnum sent one over the right center wall for a quick 2-0 advantage.

The Beavers added four more runs in the fifth when they strung together some fine at-bats that brought Guthrie, Michelle Chariton, Shelly Prochaska, and Burnum across the plate for four runs and a 6-0 lead that sealed the game.

Freshman shortstop Kelly Petersen doubled in two more runs in the sixth for the final margin.

Against Saint Mary's, OSU waited until the third frame to open its scoring. With no outs, Burnum flied out to right, bringing in Chariton from third. One out later, Jenni Jodoin smacked a two-RBI single to left center, scoring Petersen and Guthrie for a 3-0 lead.

The Beavers put four runs on the board in the sixth, thanks to a Guthrie double that brought in Chariton, Jessica King and Traci Feldt. Guthrie scored on the next at bat on a throwing error by Saint Mary's pitcher Sara Wiedlin.

After his team's performances on the mound and at the plate, eighth-year head coach Kirk Walker was happy with what he saw on Sunday.

'We saw excellent defensive performances today,' Walker said. 'Our intensity was much more of what we expect. Today we played very intense and continued the momentum we started with yesterday's win (9-1 over San Diego). Overall, it was a very solid weekend, with the exception of the first game (a 4-1 loss to BYU on Saturday). It was a very strong, very good weekend, and should generate great momentum heading into next weekend.'

For the tournament, the OSU offense was spearheaded by Burnum, who went 9-for-12 in four games, including six doubles, a homerun, and seven RBI. Guthrie was 7-for-13 with two homeruns. On the mound, Draper allowed just three hits in 10 2/3 innings of work.

OSU travels to Cal State-Northridge for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, opening the tournament against McNeese State.

GAME 1 RESULTS

Southern Utah 000 000 - 0 3 0

Oregon State 200 042 - 8 11 0

Bingham, LePrey (1) and Whittaker. Hoffman and Prochaska. WP- Hoffman (1-0). LP- Bingham (1-1). 2B- Peterson (OSU), Burnum (OSU), Prochaska (OSU). HR- Guthrie (OSU), Burnum (OSU).

GAME 2 RESULTS

Oregon State 003 004 0 - 7 8 1

Saint Mary's College 000 000 0 - 0 1 2

Draper, Neufeld (6) and Feldt. Wiedlin and Arnold. WP- Draper (2-0). LP- Wiedlin (1-1). 2B-Guthrie (OSU), Burnum 2 (OSU).

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