No. 23 Oregon State Softball Drops A Pair At UNLV Tournament
Feb. 14, 2003
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - The No. 23 ranked Oregon State softball squad came up short in the opening round of play at the UNLV Desert Classic on Friday, falling 2-1 to Hawaii and 6-2 to No. 4 Nebraska.
The Beavers (9-3) fell behind early against Hawaii(3-3), giving up two runs in the first inning. The winning run came when sophomore Tracie Uchima connected for a double to send Hannah Butler home.
Behind 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Beavers looked to mount a comeback when freshman Adrienne Alo singled in Shelly Prochaska to close the gap to a one run ball game, but after that the offense sputtered and was unable to produce any additional runs.
'It was a pretty bad day overall,' head coach Kirk Walker said. 'We came out against a good team in Hawaii with poor preparation and didn't play with the right attitude or effort.'
In their second game of the day the Beavers faced off with 2002 NCAA Regional Tournament foe, Nebraska (6-0). Looking to avenge the 5-1 loss they suffered to the Huskers in 2002, the Beavers came up short and were unable to find a solution for senior left fielder Lisa Wangler. With the game tied 2-2 going into the fourth Wangler uncorked a three-run shot to put the game out of reach for the Beavers.Wangler finished the day with two home runs and five RBI.
'Unfortunately Wangler's effort was enough to beat us,' Walker said. 'Five of Nebraska's runs were a result of Lisa Wangler's play.'
Clare Burnum hit her second home run of the season and scored both of the Beavers' runs in the loss.
'We did a great job coming into the second game,' Walker said. 'We had lots of focus and really went after them for three or four innings.'
Monica Hoffman recorded her first losses of the season in the circle for the Beavers, bringing her season record to 8-2.
'Monica did a good job on the day even though she was sick and not 100 percent,' Walker said. 'She threw well enough for us to win.'
Prochaska and Burnum each recorded doubles against Hawaii, while Brynnen Guthrie came away with a double in the Nebraska game.
The Beavers are set to face off with South Carolina at 2 p.m. and UC Riverside at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the second day of the Desert Classic.
'Our team is extremely talented, but we haven't learned how to win unless we are hitting the ball,' Walker said. 'Hopefully we learned a lot today about what we need to do to be successful and can use that tomorrow against South Carolina.'
Hawaii - 200 000 - 2 7 1Oregon State - 000 001 - 1 6 3Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Coogan and Danlberg (UH). WP - Coogan (NA), LP - Hoffman (8-1). 2B - Burnum and Prochaska (OSU), Porter and Uchima (UH).
Nebraska - 101 301 - 6 11 1Oregon State - 101 000 - 2 5 3Hoffman, Klever (5) and Prochaska (OSU), James and Burgess (N). WP - James (4-0), LP - Hoffman (8-2). 2B - Guthrie(OSU). HR - Burnum (OSU), Wangler 2 (N).