No. 11 Softball Beats No. 6 Washington, Comes Up Short Against No. 10 Michigan At Leadoff Classic.

Feb. 24, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ga. - -

Oregon State's 11th-ranked softball team came up with a huge 3-0 win over No. 6 Washington, then fell short in a comeback try in a 3-2 loss to No. 10 Michigan in the silver bracket championship game at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday.

Kristen Hunter and Monica Hoffman combined to give up just three hits to Washington in the semifinal game and allowed just one runner to reach second base, while the offense manufactured a run in the third and put two more on the board in the fourth.

Freshman Alana Mendoza drove in senior Traci Feldt for the first run after Feldt singled and stole two bases to reach third with two outs.

Shelly Prochaska and Kelly Petersen scored what proved to be the final two runs in the fourth after base hits to open the inning.

Hunter went four innings and allowed just two hits to earn the win before Hoffman relieved her and worked the final three frames for the save.

'We played very well against Washington,' OSU coach Kirk Walker said. 'The pitchers looked awesome. Kristen Hunter pitched four great innings and then Monica came in and finished it out.

'Offensively, we swung the bat well and got some big hits, we got a clutch hit from Traci Feldt. This was definitely a good game. The offense played well and Kristen and Monica combined for a great game.'

Senior Jenni Jodoin was the victim of a questionable call later in the game, when an apparent homerun was called foul.

The Beavers (16-4) beat Washington for the sixth time in 35 series meetings, OSU has won at least one game against the Huskies each of the last four years.

After falling behind 3-0 to No. 10 Michigan in the second inning, OSU put up one score in the fourth on a Jenni Jodoin RBI single that brought in Prochaska from second to make it 3-1. The bases were loaded with one out after Jodoin's hit, but the next two batters struck out swinging.

Junior center fielder Cara Maxey's seventh inning homerun with two outs made it 3-2, but the rally fell short when Clare Burnum, OSU's batting average leader, struck out.

Senior Crystal Draper started the game, but was pulled in favor of Hunter after facing two batters and giving up a homerun in the second while struggling with an injury.

Hoffman relieved Hunter after an inning and worked four frames, giving up two hits. Hunter (5-2) took the loss.

'This game was a little bit frustrating,' Walker said. 'We had only five-to-10 minutes between our first game and the second, and we started out a little flat.

'Crystal got out of the first inning, but struggled in the second. I had to pull her because she was injured. Kristen got us some ground balls, but we made some mistakes behind her.

'We got one run in the fourth, but unfortunately, we didn't keep scoring that inning. We continued to put some pressure on but didn't score again until the seventh when Cara Maxey hit a homerun to keep us going.'

Walker was also pleased with Kelly Petersen and Prochaska's performances at the plate. Petersen was 2-for-3, while Prochaska was 1-for-3 with a run.

The Beavers travel to Fullerton, Calif., next week for the CSUF Worth Tournament, where they will open with Pacific and San Diego State on Friday.

GAME 1 RESULTS

No. 6 Washington 000 000 0 - 0 3 1

No. 11 Oregon State 001 200 x - 3 6 0

Scott, Bollinger (6) and Rivera. Hunter, Hoffman (5) and Feldt. WP- Hunter (5-1). LP- Scott. Save- Hoffman (2).

GAME 2 RESULTS

No. 11 Oregon State 000 100 1 - 2 7 1

No. 10 Michigan 030 000 x - 3 6 0

Draper, Hunter (2), Hoffman (3) and Prochaska. Motycka, Young (4) and Mack. WP- Young. LP- Hunter (5-2). HR- Maxey (OSU), Young (Mich.).

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