No. 22 Softball Stumbles Against No. 13 Arizona State, 7-1

March 29, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 22 Oregon State softball team stumbled on Saturday night against No. 13 Arizona State, with the Sun Devils earning a 7-1 victory against the Beavers in Tempe.

With the loss, Oregon State falls to 22-15 on the season and 0-3 in Pacific-10 Conference action while Arizona State improves to 25-9 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10 play.

The game was a home run battle from the get-go. OSU garnered an early 1-0 lead behind a first inning opposite field shot from sophomore Kelly Petersen. The long ball was Petersen's fourth of the season.

ASU answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning when Phelan Wright belted a three-run blast over the right field fence.

The Sun Devils extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Kara Brun sent a two-out pitch over the left field wall.

Oregon State threatened in the top of the fourth when Petersen picked up her second hit of the night with a single over third base, and Steph Adams blasted a two-out double off the wall in the right-center field gap. ASU hurler Ashley Wershky forced Adrienne Alo to ground out to end the inning however, and the Beavers were unable to cut into the lead.

Arizona State used a trio of hits in the bottom of the fourth to load the bases, but Monica Hoffman struck out two straight to end the inning and the threat.

OSU stranded a pair of runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings while the Sun Devils added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth with an unearned run off a sacrifice fly and then tallied two more runs in the sixth.

Petersen finished the game with a 2-for-3 performance from the plate to lead the Beavers.

The Beavers and Sun Devils will square-off again on Sunday at 1 p.m. MST.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 22 Oregon State - 100 000 0 - 1 6 2
No. 13 Arizona State - 301 012 x - 7 10 2
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Wershky, Serrano (4), and Garcia (ASU). WP - Wershkyl (). LP - Hoffman (16-10). 2B - Adams (OSU), Brun (ASU), Forner (ASU). HR - Petersen (OSU), Wright (ASU), Brun (ASU).

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