Softball Gets Revenge With 7-3 Pounding Of No. 20 Oregon
April 19, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Clare Burnum sent the first pitch of the ball-game over the center field fence, sparking Oregon State to a decisive 7-3 victory against No. 20 University of Oregon in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.
Burnum reached base all four times she stepped to the plate, finishing with two doubles, a home run and walk, helping OSU improve to 26-22 on the year and 2-10 in the Pac-10. Oregon (24-14; 4-8) managed just three hits in the contest, all extra-base shots.
Beaver pitcher Monica Hoffman kept the Oregon hitters on their heals for most of the contest, allowing just one-hit - a second inning home run by Jenn Poore - over her first five innings of work. The Ducks looked to make things interesting in the bottom of the sixth when Alyssa Laux blasted a two-run shot over the right-center field fence but it was too little to late. Hoffman earned her 18th victory of the season with the complete-game win.
OSU tallied runs in the first and second, behind the home run from Burnum and a blast from Steph Adams to left field - the long balls were the fifth of the season for both players.
The Beavers had a perfect scoring opportunity fall to the wayside in the third inning after Burnum belted her first double of the afternoon and advanced to third on an infield single from Guthrie. Shelly Prochaska stepped to the plate and ripped a shot down the third baseline but it was snagged by Lynsey Haij who doubled-up Burnum. Vanessa Iapala reached base after getting plunked by Duck starter Amy Harris, but relief pitcher Anissa Meashintubby forced Adrienne Alo to ground out and end the inning.
Oregon State wouldn't let a good thing go to waste again, as the Beavers tallied four runs on two hits and took advantage of an Oregon error to score four runs in the top of the fifth.
Senior Cara Maxey led-off the frame with a walk and Burnum followed with her second double of the day. Guthrie loaded the bases after reaching on an error and Prochaska made the Ducks pay. The senior catcher became just the fourth player in Oregon State history to amass 200 hits in her career when she sent a two-RBI shot through the left side.
The Beavers added two more runs in the frame when Guthrie scored on a groundout by Vanessa Iapala and Prochaska stole home four pitches later, giving OSU a 6-1 cushion.
OSU extended its advantage with a run in the sixth inning when Adams, who blasted her eighth double of the year, scored from second base on a two-out infield single from Guthrie.
Guthrie finished with a 3-for-4 clip from the plate and a double while Adams went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The Beavers pounded nine hits against three Oregon pitchers.
Oregon State returns to action on Tuesday with a non-conference double-header against Portland State University. Game-one is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.
Oregon State - 110 041 0 - 7 9 0
Oregon - 010 002 0 - 3 3 2
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Harris, Meashintubby (3), Kontra (6) and Poore (UO). WP - Hoffman (18-13). LP - Harris (11-10). 2B - Guthrie (OSU), Burnum, 2 (OSU), Adams (OSU), Boskovich (UO). HR - Burnum (OSU), Adams (OSU), Poore (UO), Laux (UO). Poore (UO). SB - Prochaska (OSU).