No. 3 Softball Rallies To Defeat No. 14 Oregon State 7-2

April 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the first six innings, Oregon State starter Monica Hoffman looked very much like the pitcher who had not allowed an earned run in her last 34 innings. And in the top of the seventh, No. 3 Stanford showed that it still possesses one of the most dangerous starting lineups in the country.

The Cardinal (33-5, 4-2 Pac-10) struck for seven runs on seven hits in the top of the seventh inning against No. 14 Oregon State (31-11, 4-2 Pac-10) on Sunday afternoon, claiming a 7-2 victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. Stanford's winning streak is now at five games after finishing 3-0 on its Oregon road swing.

Senior Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) put the Cardinal ahead for good with a three-run double in the seventh and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) and Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) chipped in with home runs in Sunday's win.

For the first six innings, however, the Cardinal was unable to touch OSU starter Hoffman, who had allowed just two hits leading up to the seventh. She suffered her fifth loss of the year, despite striking out seven Stanford hitters.

Oregon State tallied the first run of the afternoon, getting on the board in the bottom of the second. With one out in the inning, Steph Adams singled over first base and Jessica King followed with a double down the left field line. Jenni Jodoin's sacrifice fly to left brought home Adams for the first run of the game to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead.

The Beavers threatened to score again in the home half of the fourth, but would come up empty. Shelly Prochaska led off with a double and after King singled to right field, Prochaska was thrown out at the plate by Cardinal shortstop Walker, on a relay from outfielder Jessica Dramel (Omaha, Neb.).

OSU's Brynnen Guthrie's RBI single to left with two out drove in pinch-runner Miranda Dellinger in the fifth inning, extending the Beaver margin to 2-0.

Stanford would eventually heat up in the top of the seventh with the seven-run outburst. Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) led off with a single up the middle and was lifted for pinch runner Heather Shook (Whittier, Calif.). Ching then belted her sixth home run of the season, a two-run bomb off the scoreboard in left field to bring home Shook, tying the contest at 2-2. Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Texas) and Cassi Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) continued the Cardinal rally with consecutive singles, and Draemel followed with another base hit three batters later to load the bases. Walker responded with a bases-clearing double to put Stanford up 5-2, and Mendoza slammed a two-run home run- her 11th of the year- to drive home Walker and round out the scoring.

Stanford's Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) registered just her second victory in five starts, allowing both runs on five hits and striking out one in seven innings of work. She is now 19-3.

Stanford returns to The Farm for a few days before hitting the road again later in the week. The Cardinal faces No. 1 UCLA in Los Angeles on Friday at 2 p.m., before taking on No. 10 Washington on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

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