No. 11 Softball Drops Extra-Inning Game To San Diego State

March 1, 2002

FULLERTON, Calif. - -

The 11th-ranked Oregon State softball team (17-5) held San Diego State to three hits, but mustered only two of its own in a 1-0 nine-inning loss Friday night at the CSUF Worth Tournament.

With runners on first and third in the ninth inning, the Aztecs ripped a shot toward third baseman Clare Burnum. Burnum's throw home to Traci Feldt was in time, but the senior catcher was unable to hang on to the ball, giving SDSU the winning run.

SDSU had a runner placed on second to begin the inning, in accordance with the international tiebreaker rule, the runner advanced to third on a fielder's choice at first.

'This really was a disappointing game,' eighth-year coach Kirk Walker said of the loss. 'We never made adjustments offensively and did a poor job of getting runners on early. Unfortunately, we made some offensive and defensive mistakes in the tiebreaker, which cost us.'

Despite surrendering just three hits, Crystal Draper took the loss for OSU, dropping her record to 8-2 on the year. Brynnen Guthrie and Cara Maxey recorded the two OSU hits.

'Crystal pitched a great game for not having thrown all week with an injury,' Walker commented.

The Beavers went 1-1 on the day, knocking off No. 12 Pacific in their first game Friday.

The Worth Tournament continues Saturday, as OSU takes on Minnesota at noon, followed by a 6 p.m. matchup with Oklahoma State.

RESULTS

Oregon State 000 000 000 - 0 2 2

San Diego State 000 000 001 - 1 3 0

Draper and Feldt. DeSanta and Touhey. WP- DeSanta. LP- Draper (8-2).

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