No. 2 Seed Softball Shuts Out No. 3 seed Notre Dame, 2-0, In NCAA Regional Tournament

May 17, 2002

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior Crystal Draper pitched a complete game shutout victory as No. 2 seeded Oregon State's softball squad topped No. 3 Notre Dame in Friday's NCAA Regional Tournament second round.

With the victory, the Beavers improve to 40-23 on the season - their fourth consecutive 40-win campaign. The Fighting Irish fall to 43-16 on the year and drop into the tournament's loser's bracket.

'It was a very intense game and both teams were very aggressive at the plate,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Offensively we got what we needed and took advantage of a couple situations, which was positive.'

Oregon State got on the board early for the second consecutive game, scoring a run in the first inning. Senior Michelle Chariton was hit by a pitch from UND hurler Stephanie Stenglein to reach base with one-out. Junior Brynnen Guthrie followed with her third hit of tournament play, advancing Chariton to second. Shelly Prochaska sent a pitch into deep center field allowing Chariton to tag and reach third with two outs and eventually score because of a wild pitch.

Draper dominated the game in the circle for the Beavers, keeping the Irish batters off balance for the entire contest. She finished with six strikeouts, upping her OSU career-leading total to 803.

'Crystal (Draper) pitched a really nice game and kept their hitters from doing any damage with their bats,' said Walker.

The Beavers added an insurance run in the top of the fifth. Clare Burnum started things off by reaching base with two outs after an error by the Notre Dame first baseman. Chariton followed with a slap-single to left field bringing Guthrie to the plate. The junior second baseman sent a shot up the middle that UND shortstop Andria Bledsoe corralled but was unable to get the force at second, and Burnum, who was running on the play, crossed the plate.

Oregon State finished with six hits in the game, including a perfect 3-for-3 effort from junior Steph Adams and a 2-for-3 performance by Guthrie.

OSU is potentially just two wins away from securing its first trip to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, OK.

The Beavers will square-off against the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Nebraska and No. 4 seed Iowa. First pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PDT, and can be heard live on www.osubeavers.com.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 2 Oregon State - 100 010 0 - 2 6 2
No. 3 Notre Dame - 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
Draper and Prochaska (OSU), Stenglein, Wisen (6) and Myers (ND). WP - Draper (14-8), LP - Stenglein (26-12).

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