No. 18 Softball Sweeps Ohio State 7-6, CS-Northridge 1-0

Feb. 9, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

The No. 18 Oregon State softball team won both its games Saturday at the Cal State-Northridge Tournament, defeating tournament host CS-Northridge 1-0 after downing Ohio State 7-6 in the morning to improve its record to 6-1 overall.

The Beavers, winners of six in a row, beat CSUN for just the third time in 23 meetings thanks to a Steph Adams sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that brought in Brynnen Guthrie from third for the winning score.

Guthrie made her way to third via a base hit and a passed ball that moved her to second, followed by consecutive walks from Clare Burnum and Shelly Prochaska.

Sophomore Monica Hoffman then finished off an outstanding performance from the mound in the top of the seventh, giving up just one hit and coaxing the rest of the Matador batters into harmless groundouts. Hoffman finished the day allowing three hits while striking out five.

'This was a great win over Northridge,' said Walker, who is now 3-3-1 against CSUN. 'We were very solid on defense, and Monica pitched a very nice game - it was a great outing for her. She got a lot of ground balls and we played good defense behind her.

'We took advantage of the runners we had on base in the sixth. Northridge is a strong team, but we stayed composed.'

In the Beavers' first game, Oregon State fell behind 2-0 to Ohio State after the first, but rallied with a five-run fourth inning.

The fourth featured four OSU hits, including a two-RBI double by Guthrie and a RBI single from Burnum. The Buckeyes also committed two errors that led to two unearned runs for the Beavers.

OSU added two more runs in the seventh on the strength of a Traci Feldt single that scored Burnum and Michelle Chariton.

The Beavers survived a two-run Buckeye rally in the bottom of the seventh that was facilitated by three Oregon State errors, and held on for the 7-6 win.

Senior Crystal Draper pitched her second complete game of the year to improve her record to 4-0 by striking out nine and allowing six hits.

'Crystal pitched a very nice ballgame,' Walker said of the All-America candidate. 'She really had strong control over the opponent, but we fell apart a little bit on defense a couple of times.

'Offensively, we swung the bat well after the first three innings and we put enough runs up to help our defense. This was definitely a good win over a top team.'

OSU will hope to carry Saturday's momentum into Sunday's contests against CSUN and San Diego, beginning at 1:10 p.m.

'Overall, this was a good day against some of the better competition we've faced so far,' Walker said. 'We'll look to take that into tomorrow and hopefully come out with two more wins.'

GAME 1

Oregon State 000 500 2 - 7 8 4

Ohio State 200 002 2 - 6 6 3

Draper and Feldt. Allen, Chain (5) and Roth. WP- Draper (4-0). LP- Allen (1-1). 2B- Guthrie(OSU), Prochaska (OSU), Link (Ohio State). HR- Roth (Ohio St.).

GAME 2

CSUN 000 000 0 - 0 3 0

Oregon State 000 001 x - 1 4 0

Fennell and Summers. Hoffman and Prochaska. WP- Hoffman (2-0). LP- Fennell (2-2). 2B- Hunter (OSU).

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