Late Rally Can't Lift Softball Past No. 14 Oregon State

March 30, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team held off a late University of Oregon rally to hold on for a 3-2 victory in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference action at the OSU Softball Complex.

With the win, Oregon State improves to 29-9 on the season and is off to its first ever 2-0 start in Pac-10 play. Oregon falls to 18-11 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

For the second straight day, the Beavers jumped on the board early. Third baseman Clare Burnum recorded her 13th double of the season with a looping shot to left-center field in the first inning. After stealing third base, Burnum crossed the plate on Shelly Prochaska's RBI single to left.

OSU junior Steph Adams added to the lead in the second inning when she blasted her first home run of the season with a deep shot to right field. The long ball moved Adams into second place in the Oregon State record book with 15 career home runs.

Oregon closed the gap in the fourth inning when rightfielder Kristi Hall's two-out double through the right side of the infield scored Jenn Poore in a controversial play at the plate. The Beavers relayed the ball to Prochaska, who had the plate blocked, but did not have control of the ball when she made the tag.

The Ducks' following batter, Ashley Richards, singled up the middle but Hall was tagged out at the plate after an accurate throw from centerfielder Michelle Chariton.

OSU added what proved to be the game-winner in the sixth. Pinch hitter Jessica King led-off the frame with a double for the Beavers and Chariton, who re-entered the game as a runner, scored after a single to left field by freshman Kelly Petersen.

Oregon wouldn't go away in the seventh, adding a two-out run, on a single by Mari Lyn Petrick, but the Beavers relayed a throw from Alana Mendoza in left field to Burnum at third base and back to Brynnen Guthrie at second base for the final out.

'Oregon State is a quality ball club and I thought we matched them pitch for pitch today,' Oreogn head coach Brent Rincon said. 'The opportunity to win was there and I'm extremely happy with how we battled. We never gave in and I'm pleased with our pitching and how we swung the bats.'

Oregon freshman Lindsey Kontra (5-5) struck out three and walked zero while giving up six hits. The Ducks' offense out-hit the Beavers, tallying eight hits, led by Amber Hutchison, who finished 2-for-2.

The Civil War season series will conclude in Eugene next Tuesday. The rescheduled game will begin with Oregon at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, one-out and a runner on second base. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Howe Field.

GAME RESULTS:Oregon - 000 100 1 - 2 8 1Oregon State - 110 001 x - 3 6 0Draper, Hunter (5) and Prochaska (OSU), Kontra and Poore (UO). WP - Draper (10-2), LP - Kontra (5-5). Save - Hunter (1). 2B - Burnum (OSU), King (OSU), Hall (UO). HR - Adams (OSU). SB - Burnum (OSU). 
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