Oregon State Sweeps Double Header With Santa Clara

April 3, 2003

SANTA CLARA, CA - Senior Brynnen Guthrie belted a pair of home runs, including her first career grand slam, and Shelly Prochaska tallied two homers to help Oregon State get back on the winning track with a double-header sweep of Santa Clara University in Thursday's softball action. The Beavers (24-16) broke a five-game slide with 5-2 and 15-9 victories against the Broncos (18-16).

Oregon State opened game-one with a bang. The Beavers picked up a run in the first inning behind a two-out home run by Brynnen Guthrie. Guthrie sent an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence, giving OSU a 1-0 lead.

Back-to-back hits in the third inning extended the Beavers' advantage to 3-0. Senior Cara Maxey led-off the frame with a double to right field and fellow senior Clare Burnum followed with her third home run of the season with a shot that sailed over the right field fence.Oregon State's hot bats continued in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a trio of hits and a Broncos error to put three runs across the plate. Freshman Vanessa Iapala highlighted the inning with her eighth double of the season and Steph Adams picked up an RBI single through the left side.

Santa Clara got on the board with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Broncos took advantage of two Beaver errors and a walk to narrow the gap to 5-2.OSU hurler Monica Hoffman had a no-hitter going through four innings until Jenny Brown sent a full-count pitch up the middle with one out in the fifth, but it was all the Broncos would get.

Hoffman finished with a one-hitter, picking up her 17th win of the season while striking out three.

The second game started similar to the first, with the Beavers jumping on the board early. Burnum blasted a double down the left field line to start things off and eventually scored on a single through the right side by Guthrie. OSU added another run when Guthrie crossed the plate after an errant throw on Shelly Prochaska's stolen base.Santa Clara responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the first when Lacey Smale hit an RBI single over first base that scored Coresta Salas.

OSU appeared to put the game out of reach however, in the second inning when Guthrie belted a grand slam over the left field fence. Shannon Sorg led-off the frame with a walk and Maxey followed with her second double of the day. Burnum then drew a walk to setup Guthrie's second home run of the day. The Beavers extended their lead to 8-1 when Iapala smacked her second home run of the year with a two-run shot over the fence in left-center.

Salas halved the Beaver advantage in the bottom of the second when she blasted a two-out three-run homer to left-center.

Amy Klever started in the circle for the Beavers before being replaced in the third inning by Dena DuBois. DuBois got out of a jam by striking out two batters and forcing a groundout after the first three batters she faced reached base.

The Beavers added four more runs in the fourth inning to boost their lead to 12-4. OSU started off with three consecutive hits to open the frame, capped off by a three-run home run to left field by Shelly Prochaska. Iapala picked up her second hit of the contest and eventually scored an unearned run to up the lead.

Prochaska matched her OSU single-game record with her second home run in the contest when she blasted a monster solo-shot over the left field fence. The long ball was her seventh of the season.

Santa Clara fought back with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to pull within 12-9, but the Beavers tallied three more runs in the seventh to make the final 15-9.DuBois allowed five hits and tallied three strikeouts in three innings of relief, while Klever earned the victory to improve to 5-3 on the year after reentering the game in the sixth inning.Guthrie finished the day with a 4-for-8 clip from the plate, including a 3-for-4 performance in the second game, and tallied six RBI. Prochaska blasted two home runs in a single game for the second time this season and finished with a 3-for-4 performance and four RBI in game-two.As a team, Oregon State finished with six home runs and five doubles on the day. Both teams combined for seven home runs in the 2 hour 30 minute game-two.

The Beavers' 16 hits in game-two were their most since March 4, 2000 when they tallied 16 hits against Saint Peters. OSU's 15 runs scored were the most since scoring 15 runs against Chattanooga at the 2001 NCAA Regional Tournament.

The Beavers return to Pacific-10 Conference action on Friday with a 2 p.m. game at No. 7 University of California.

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