Clare Burnum Sets Career Doubles Record But Softball Falls To No. 3 Washington, 3-1
April 12, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Clare Burnum became Oregon State's all-time career leader in doubles with a pair of two-basers against No. 3 Washington on Saturday, but the Huskies capitalized on a pair of home runs to earn a 3-1 victory in the Pacific-10 Conference softball contest.
Burnum's two doubles raise her career total to 40, but the Beavers (25-20; 1-8 Pac-10) managed just three hits on the afternoon. Washington (36-5-1; 5-3) tallied only four hits in the contest, but broke up OSU hurler Monica Hoffman's no-hitter when senior Jaime Clark cracked a one-out fourth inning home run over the right field fence.
Beaver right fielder Steph Adams nearly robbed Clark of her 11th blast of the year, Adams snagged the ball in her glove but it dropped out over the fence when she crashed into the padding.
Prior to Clark's at-bat Hoffman had retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced, including recording three strikeouts. UW designated player Kristen Rivera picked up the Huskies second hit of the contest with a roping single to left field. With two outs in the frame Dena Tyson sent a pitch over the fence in straightaway center field to push the Huskies lead to 3-0.
The Beavers had one of their best scoring opportunities of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Cara Maxey drew a two-out walk and Burnum followed with her record-setting second double of the day. Freshman Adrienne Alo stepped to the plate for the Beavers and worked the count full, before hitting a line-drive to UW third baseman Kathy Fiske, ending the inning.
OSU got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Vanessa Iapala reached base on an error and Lisa Allen recorded the Beavers' third hit of the day with a one-out single to right field. Pinch hitter Erin Bequette tallied an RBI with an infield groundout that plated pinch runner Sarah Tommasini, but the comeback fell short as that was all the scoring the Beavers would get.
'I was disappointed in our focus offensively,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We didn't adjust or fight until late in the game.'
Hoffman allowed just three hits in five innings of work before being replaced by Dena DuBois in the sixth.
'Monica threw well especially when pitching back-to-back games and not being 100-percent,' said Walker. 'Two pitches to hitters of that caliber (Jaime Clark and Dena Tyson) can be the difference in a ball-game.
DuBois allowed just one hit and had a strikeout in relief.
'Dena did a great job in relief and kept us close,' said Walker.
The Beavers and Huskies will conclude their series in Corvallis on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 3 Washington - 000 300 0 - 3 4 1
Oregon State - 000 000 1 - 1 3 1
Hoffman, DuBois (6) and Prochaska (OSU), Boek, Bollinger (7) and Hanson (UW). WP - Boek (16-1). LP - Hoffman (17-12). 2B - Burnum, 2 (OSU), Fiske (UW). HR - Clark (UW), Tyson (UW).