No. 14 Softball Drops Heartbreaker To No. 3 Stanford, 7-2

April 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A seven-run seventh inning, lifted the No. 3 ranked Stanford softball squad to a 7-2 victory against No. 14 Oregon State on Sunday afternoon.

The Beavers fall to 31-11 on the season and 4-2 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal improves to 33-5 and 4-2 in conference action.

OSU picked up the early lead in the contest, capitalizing on back-to-back hits in the second inning. Junior Steph Adams roped a one-out single to right field and Jessica King followed with a double down the left field line. Senior first baseman Jenni Jodoin's shallow fly ball to left scored Adams and gave OSU a 1-0 lead.

Oregon State built on its advantage in the fifth inning when catcher Traci Feldt led off the frame with a walk. Coming in the game to pinch run, Miranda Dellinger, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cara Maxey. Stanford hurler Tori Nyberg hit Clare Burnum with a pitch to give OSU runners at first and second. After pinch hitter Alana Mendoza popped out, Brynnen Guthrie singled to left field to score Dellinger.

Beaver pitcher Monica Hoffman was in control on the mound, giving up just two hits and retiring 10-straight heading into the seventh inning.

Stanford's Sarah Beeson led off the inning with a single up the middle, placing the tying run on first and bringing junior Kira Ching to the plate. Ching sent the first pitch over the left field fence and off the scoreboard to knot the contest at 2-2. Jessica Allister and Cassi Brangham each followed with singles, forcing Hoffman from the game.

OSU junior Kristen Hunter entered in relief, striking out the first two batters that she faced before giving up a single to Jessica Draemel. The Cardinal grabbed the lead on the next swing, when Robin Walker belted a three-run double to right-center field. Senior Jessica Mendoza blasted an opposite-field shot over the left field fence to give Stanford their seventh run on seven hits in the frame.

'Monica threw a great ballgame,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'They (Stanford) have a great hitting team and you can't open up the door without being burned.

'The momentum started with Beeson getting on base - that was probably their biggest hit of the inning. They had their power hitters coming up and they knew they could tie it with one swing.'

Hoffman had a streak of 40.2 innings without allowing an earned run broken in the seventh.

The Beavers had five hits on the afternoon led by King's 2-for-3 effort from the plate.

Oregon State returns to action on Tuesday, when the Beavers face Portland State in a non-conference double-header. Game-1 is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 3 Stanford - 000 000 7 - 7 9 1
No. 14 Oregon State - 010 010 0 - 2 5 0
Hoffman, Hunter (7) and Feldt (OSU), Nyberg and Allister (STAN). WP - Nyberg (19-3), LP - Hunter (11-5). 2B - King (OSU), Prochaska (OSU), Walker (STAN). HR - Ching (STAN), Mendoza (STAN). SB - Mendoza (STAN).

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