No. 23 Softball Splits A Pair Of Games At UNLV Classic

Feb. 15, 2003

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The No. 23 Oregon State softball team split a pair of games in Saturday's action at the UNLV Desert Classic. The Beavers dropped a 4-3 contest to No. 20 South Carolina before recovering with a 6-1 victory against UC Riverside in the nightcap.

In the opener, South Carolina took the early lead with the Gamecocks scoring three runs in the first two innings.

'It was extremely disappointing how we came out in the first inning of the morning contest,' said Walker. 'We had three errors to give them two runs in the inning.'

With the Gamecocks up 4-0 in the top of the seventh, the Beavers attempted to rally when senior Steph Adams connected for her first home run of the season sending a three-run shot over the fence, but it was all the offense the Beavers could muster.

'We came out in the seventh and did a good job of getting runners on base,' said Walker. 'Steph had a great at-bat. Her home run should have been enough to win the ballgame.'

The Beavers gave up just four hits in the game, but were hampered with four errors.

Monica Hoffman recorded the loss on the mound for the Beavers, bringing her record to 8-3 on the season. Hoffman had five strikeouts and allowed just four hits in the complete game.

'Monica pitched a good ballgame,' said Walker. 'It should have been a tied or 1-0 game, but instead we were behind by four runs in the seventh.'

Vanessa Iapala, Shannon Sorg, Shelly Prochaska and Brynnen Guthrie all recorded a hit for OSU against the Gamecocks.

Oregon State rebounded with a 6-1 win against UC Riverside to close out the day.

'Tonight's game was much better,' said Walker. 'We did a nice job coming out in our half of the first inning and swinging the bat.'

The Beavers tallied three runs in the first, helped in part by a triple from Adams. Oregon State added three more runs in the second inning behind homers from Adams and Shelly Prochaska.

'Offensively we were much better,' said Walker. 'It was nice to get back on the winning track.'

Adams finished the game with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate. Her two home runs on the day raise her career total to 19.

Freshman hurler Amy Klever picked up the complete game victory against Riverside to improve to 2-0 on the season.

OSU wraps up tournament action on Sunday against Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Oregon State - 000 000 3 - 3 5 4
South Carolina - 210 001 x - 4 4 0
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Henkes and Smith (SC). WP - Henkes (4-1), LP - Hoffman (8-3). 2B - Smith (SC), HR-Adams (OSU).

UC Riverside - 100 000 0 - 1 5 1
Oregon State - 330 000 x - 6 7 2
Klever and Prochaska (OSU), Dillon and Cunningham (UCR). WP - Klever (2-0), LP - Dillon. 3B - Adams (OSU), HR- Adams (OSU), Prochaska (OSU).

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