No. 18 Softball Wins Two To Equal Best Start In School History at 8-1

Feb. 10, 2002

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - -

The No. 18 Oregon State softball team equaled its best start in school history as it improved its record to 8-1 overall with wins over Cal State-Northridge and San Diego on Saturday at the CSUN Tournament of Champions.

The Beavers dropped CSUN 3-2 in eight innings and then shut out USD 8-0 in a game that was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

For the second straight game, OSU beat CSUN (5-5), but this time it took an extra frame. After surviving the Matador's top of the eighth, which saw a runner reach third with one out, Brynnen Guthrie continued her clutch hitting with a RBI double to left field that brought in Kelly Petersen from second base for the win. Guthrie was 4-for7 with two RBI in the two games Sunday.

According to international tiebreaker rules, a runner is placed at second base at the beginning of each teams' extra inning.

OSU took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Shelly Prochaska sent a shot over the center field wall to bring in Guthrie from second.

The Matadors came back to tie it in the sixth, thanks to a brief letdown by the OSU defense, when they strung together two hits and got two errors from the Beavers to put two runs on the board and force the extra inning.

Senior pitcher Crystal Draper worked the first six innings, allowing three hits and both runs, neither of which were earned. Kristen Hunter came on in the seventh and pitched two perfect innings and got the Beavers out of a jam in the eighth to earn the win.

'Our pitchers threw great games today,' eighth-year head coach Kirk Walker said. 'Offensively, we hit pretty well, took advantage of the runners we had, and came up with some clutch hitting.

'We played good defense most of the day, other than the one bad inning against Northridge. Other than that, we played good defense. We made solid plays all day.'

The Beavers needed only five innings to dispatch San Diego (4-10) courtesy of the eight-run rule for the second time in a week with their 8-0 win Sunday.

OSU opened up a 7-0 margin after three innings, and added another in the fifth to put the game away.

Hunter handcuffed the USD batters and earned the complete game shutout to improve to 2-1 on the year by allowing two hits and striking out eight of the 19 batters she faced. The junior transfer from Fresno State earned both wins Sunday.

OSU's big inning came in the second, when the Beavers put up three runs on four hits and an error. Michelle Chariton and Clare Burnum each had RBI singles, while Michelle Notaro, Petersen and Chariton scored.

OSU's pitching remained strong on Sunday, allowing just two runs and five hits in two games.

'This was a very good weekend,' Walker commented. 'We got five wins and learned a lot about ourselves in the process. Our pitchers did a great job all weekend and kept us in games when they got tight. Hopefully we'll play better next weekend when we face a little tougher competition.'

OSU travels to Las Vegas for the UNLV Softball Classic Feb. 15-17, where they will open with BYU on Friday.

OSU started its season 8-1 in 1998 as well, when it went on to finish 27-28 overall.

GAME 1 RESULTS

Cal St.-Northridge 000 002 00 - 2 3 1

Oregon State 000 200 01 - 3 4 3

Ledesma, Fennell (4) and Summers. Draper, Hunter (7) and Feldt. WP- Hunter (1-1). LP- Fennell (2-3). 2B- Guthrie (OSU), Adams (OSU). HR- Prochaska (OSU).

GAME 2 RESULTS

San Diego 000 00 - 0 2 2

Oregon State 232 01 - 8 10 1

Williams and McBay. Hunter and Prochaska. WP- Hunter (2-1). LP- Williams (2-4). 2B- Maxey (OSU).

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