Softball Falls 7-2 To No. 7 California
April 4, 2003
BERKELEY, CA - A short-handed Oregon State squad dropped a tough 7-2 decision at No. 7 California in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action. Cal (30-9; 2-2) used a five-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach and keep the Beavers (24-17; 0-5) winless in conference play.
The game opened in typical Pac-10 fashion, as a pitcher's dual. California freshman hurler Kristina Thorson kept the Beavers off-balance from the start and OSU freshman Amy Klever did equally as well over the first two innings.
The Bears broke the game open in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of back-to-back singles to open the frame and then scoring a pair of runs on Courtney Scott's one-out single to left field. The Beavers got out of the inning by turning their Pac-10 leading 14th double play of the season.
OSU answered in the top of the fourth as freshman center fielder Adrienne Alo recorded Oregon State's first hit of the game with a one-out double off the wall in right field. Senior catcher Shelly Prochaska stepped to the plate with two-down and emulated her home run against Santa Clara the previous evening, with a crushing shot that sailed over the left field fence and to the parking lot, knotting the score at 2-2. The home run was Prochaska's eighth of the season and her third in her last five at bats.
In an ugly inning, California scored five runs with two out in the bottom of the fifth to take the game. Cal started the scoring by taking advantage of a wild pitch in an intentional walk attempt of Veronica Nelson. Things got worse when Nelson belted another intentional walk pitch down the third base line to plate another run. Beaver pitcher Dena DuBois entered the game in relief and eventually gave up a three-run home run to Eryn Manahan that pushed the Bear advantage to 7-2.
Also, Prochaska and freshman Lisa Allen tallied OSU's hits on the afternoon. The Beavers shined defensively, with Shannon Sorg, Cara Maxey and Clare Burnum all making big plays.Brynnen Guthrie and Monica Hoffman did not make the trip to Berkeley as both players were recovering from food poisoning.
The Beavers continue Pac-10 action on Friday with a 7 p.m. game at No. 13 Stanford University.
Oregon State - 000 200 0 - 2 3 0No. 7 California - 002 050 x - 7 9 0
Klever, DuBois (5) and Prochaska (OSU), Thorson, Anderson (5) and Scott (CAL). WP - Anderson (12-4). LP - Klever (5-4). 2B - Alo (OSU). HR - Prochaska (OSU).