Softball Has Record Setting Victory Against No. 13 Stanford, 15-5
April 5, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Oregon State scored 10 runs and blasted eight hits including two home runs and two doubles in the ninth inning to record a commanding 15-5 upset victory against No. 13 ranked Stanford University in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference softball contest. The victory was the first for the Beavers (25-17; 1-5) in Pac-10 play this season and their first against the Cardinal (27-14; 1-4) in Palo Alto since 1999.
OSU's 15 runs and 17 hits matched the school record for hits and runs scored in a single game. The Beavers also tallied a school record 14 RBI in the 3 hour 5 minute contest.
Oregon State dominated the ninth inning, batting around the order with the first nine batters reaching base. Steph Adams' RBI double to left field scored the game-winner when Shelly Prochaska crossed the plate. Adams blasted a two-run home run in her second at-bat of the inning. Cara Maxey knocked in a pair of runs in the frame with a double to right field and Clare Burnum belted a three-run homer during the stretch.
The lengthy contest saw Oregon State jump in front early, scoring a trio of runs in the opening inning.
Burnum led-off the game with a bloop single through the right side and Kelly Petersen reached base after getting hit by a pitch from Stanford starter Tori Nyberg. OSU got on the board when Prochaska belted a single to left field that plated Burnum and sent Petersen to third. The Beavers added another run as an illegal pitch was called advancing both runners and allowing Petersen to score. Vanessa Iapala's sacrifice fly to left field plated Prochaska, giving the Beavers a 3-0 cushion.
Catalina Morris led-off the Stanford half of the first with a solo home run over the center field fence to get a run back for the Cardinal. Beaver starter Dena DuBois settled in after that and shut down the Stanford attack.
The Cardinal used four hits in the bottom of the third to score a pair of runs and even the score at 3-3. Elizabeth Bendig's two-out RBI single up the middle scored Cassi Brangham to knot things up. Three of the four Stanford hits in the frame went up the middle.
OSU put a pair of runners on base to open the fifth with Prochaska drawing a walk and Iapala picking up her second single of the contest, but both players were stranded as the offense went stagnant.
The Beavers scored what appeared to be the game-winner in the sixth when Burnum reached base after getting hit by a pitch and Kelly Petersen followed with a lofting shot over the left-center field fence, giving OSU a 5-3 lead.
The Beavers looked to add two more runs in the seventh when freshman Lisa Allen blasted a shot off a building nearly 300 feet away in left field but the ball was questionably called foul.
The bottom half of the frame proved costly as Stanford's Cassie Brangham sent a one-out changeup over the fence in right field to plate Lauren Lappin, who had doubled earlier, and tie the score at 5-5 sending the contest into extra innings.
The Cardinal loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth but the Beavers worked their way out of a jam and reliever Amy Klever forced Kira Ching to ground out to Petersen to end the inning.
Klever picked up the victory in just over two innings of work to improve to 6-4 on the season.Burnum, Petersen and Adams all tallied three hits and a home run each to lead the Beavers.
Nine different OSU players tallied at least one hit in the contest.
The Beavers and Cardinal face each other again on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Oregon State - 300 002 00 10 - 15 17 0
No. 13 Stanford - 102 000 200 - 5 13 2
DuBois, Klever (7) and Prochaska (OSU), Nyberg, Severson (2), LeCocq (9) and Allister (STAN). WP - . LP - 2B - Lappin (STAN), Alo (OSU), Adams (OSU), Maxey. HR - Adams (OSU), Petersen (OSU), Morris (STAN), Brangham (STAN). SB - Tommasini (OSU).