No. 17 Softball Falls To No. 7 Cal State Fullerton, 4-1

March 2, 2003

FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 17 Oregon State softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 7 Cal State Fullerton in Sunday's final game of the CSUF Worth Tournament.

The Beavers finished tournament action with a 3-2 record and boast a 16-7 mark on the season.

Fullerton (16-7) used a big first inning to take an early lead. Gina Oaks and Jodie Cox led off the frame with back-to-back singles and Jenny Topping followed with a single to center field that drove in two runs and put the Titans ahead, 2-0.

Fullerton added another run in the second inning when Krista O-Hanian lined a shot over the left field fence.

The Beavers scored their lone run of the contest in the fourth inning when senior Shelly Prochaska singled home Kelly Petersen, who had opened the inning with a single and then stole second base.

The Titans scored an insurance run in the fifth behind an RBI by Topping.

Amy Klever (3-1) suffered the loss, her first of the season, allowing three runs on four hits in just one inning of work. Dena DuBois pitched well in relief, allowing just three hits in five innings.

'We were a little off in the first two innings,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Dena did a great job in relief.'

Seniors Clare Burnum and Steph Adams each added a hit for the Beavers.

'We are definitely a team that can compete with the Top-10 teams in the country,' said Walker. 'We just need to learn to play like a Top-10 team for seven innings.'

Oregon State returns to action on Friday at the National Invitational Softball Tournament hosted by San Jose State University. The Beavers will face Missouri-Kansas City at 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. contest against the host Spartans.

GAME RESULTS:
Oregon State - 000 100 0 - 1 4 1
Fullerton - 210 010 x - 4 7 5
Klever, DuBois (2) and Prochaska (OSU), Cox and Holt (CSUF). WP - Cox (6-4), LP - Klever (3-1). 2B - Oaks (CSUF). HR - O'Hanian (CSUF). SB - Petersen 2 (OSU), Oaks (CSUF).

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