No. 16 Softball Rallies In Seventh To Upset No. 6 Washington, 2-1

May 3, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jessica King's one-out RBI single knocked in the game-winning run as the No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team rallied from an 0-1 seventh inning deficit and upset No. 6 Washington, 2-1 on Friday.

With the win, the Beavers improved to 38-18 overall and 7-9 in the Pac-10 while the Huskies fell to 39-16 overall and 8-8 in conference play.

'It's nice to beat a top-ranked team at home,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was a great win.'

The game was a pitcher's dual from the start, as neither team was able to get a hit or put the ball in play outside of the infield until OSU first baseman Jenni Jodoin singled to center field to lead-off the bottom of the third inning.

Beaver starter Crystal Draper struckout seven of the first nine batters she faced. The Huskies picked with their first hit in the top of the fourth, when sophomore Rita Roach beat out an infield hit to freshman Kelly Petersen at shortstop.

In the top of the fifth, UW sophomore Amanda Oleson became the first baserunner in the game to reach second base safely, after a double to right-center field. The Husky rally was squelched when Draper continued her dominance in the circle, striking out Traci Tawney and Steph Nicholson to end the inning.

The Huskies used three hits in the sixth inning to take the lead. Roach hit a one-out single to right field and after Jaime Clark struckout, Kristen Rivera belted a two-out double to put runners on second and third. Oleson's bloop single to right plated Roach and Rivera was tagged out trying to score.

Oregon State's bats came alive in the seventh against Husky hurler Tia Bollinger. Third baseman Clare Burnum started the rally with a lead-off double, her 17th of the season, over the head of Husky leftfielder Becky Simpson. Bollinger then walked pinch hitter Brynnen Guthrie, before designated player Shelly Prochaska came through with a single through the right side to score Burnum.

'Clare leading off with a double was huge,' said Walker. 'That was a huge momentum swing our way and it put so much pressure on their defense and pitching.'

Bollinger intentionally walked the next batter, catcher Traci Feldt, to load the bases. Beaver rightfielder Steph Adams was called out on strikes but King followed with a line drive into the left-center field gap, knocking in the winning run.

OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman (13-7) earned the win after entering the game in relief during the seventh. Draper matched her season-high with 12 strikeouts.

'Both Crystal and Monica did a really nice job,' said Walker. 'It was nice to see us step-up our intensity and focus after they scored.'

Oregon State returns to action Saturday against top-ranked UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 6 Washington - 000 001 0 - 1 5 0
No. 16 Oregon State - 000 000 2 - 2 4 0
Draper, Hoffman (7) and Feldt (OSU), Bollinger and Rivera (UW). WP - Hoffman (13-7), LP - Bollinger (17-9). 2B- Oleson (UW), Rivera (UW), Burnum (OSU).

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