Monica Hoffman Throws No-Hitter And Beavers Blast 8 Home Runs In Double-Header Sweep Of Portland State

April 22, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior pitcher Monica Hoffman threw a no-hitter and Oregon State blasted eight home runs, including a walk-off grand slam by Clare Burnum, en route to a 9-0 and 8-0 double-header sweep of Portland State University on Tuesday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.

The Beavers (28-22) set a trio of school records on the day. Hoffman became the first pitcher in OSU history to record four no-hitters in her career and OSU's five home runs in game-one of the double-header broke the record for homers in a single game. Oregon State's current mark of 48 home runs on the season are the most in school history.

Oregon State started game-one with a bang. Freshmen Adrienne Alo and Vanessa Iapala each blasted home runs in the opening inning to give OSU an early 3-0 lead. Burnum led-off the contest with a single to right field and Alo followed with her first home run of the game, sending a full-count pitch over the fence in left field. Just two batters later Iapala sent a shot down the left field line for her third blast of the season.

PSU starter Morgan Seibert settled in momentarily after that, striking out four of the next five batters she faced. But the Beavers continued the home run on-slaught when sophomore Kelly Petersen belted her seventh homer of the season over the fence in left field in the fourth inning and Alo added her second blast of the game with a line-drive shot to straightaway center field in the fifth.

Hoffman plugged along, not allowing a hit over six innings of action, with Portland State (15-25) reaching base only on a trio of walks.

'I was frustrated with the walks I was giving up,' said Hoffman. 'I wasn't hitting my spots, but Shelly (Prochaska) called a good game. I had no idea it was a no-hitter - with runners reaching base, I just forgot about it.'

Oregon State put the game away in the bottom half of the sixth when three consecutive players (Steph Adams, Shannon Sorg, Erin Bequette) reached base with two outs, bringing Burnum to the plate. The third baseman crushed a shot over the right-center field fence for her first career grand slam, giving OSU a 9-0 six-inning victory.

Game-two was much of the same story for the Beavers. Burnum led-off the second contest with a home run to center field, her second in as many at-bats and seventh of the season. Sorg's RBI double in the second inning gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead and the margin jumped up to 6-0 after Iapala singled in a run in the third and then Petersen hit a 3-run home run to center field, her second long ball of the day.

Sorg, who finished the day a perfect 6-for-6 from the plate, tallied her first home run of the season with a shot to right field in the fifth inning. Iapala finished things off for the Beavers with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 8-0.

Hoffman became just the third pitcher in Oregon State history to earn 20 wins in a season after throwing four innings in game-two. Dena DuBois pitched two innings in relief.

'Monica (Hoffman) had a great day,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Throwing a no-hitter in game-one and then four strong innings in the second game - it gave our offense the confidence to relax and just play.'

The Beavers tallied 24 hits on the afternoon while the Vikings managed just seven. OSU also scored in nine of the 12 innings played on the day.

'Offensively it was a very positive output throughout the entire game,' said Walker. 'We were able to score in virtually every inning.'

Sorg tallied two doubles and home run to go along with her perfect 6-for-6 performance, while Alo finished with a 5-for-6 clip from the plate including two home runs and a double. Burnum went 4-for-6 on the day with two home runs and five RBI.

'Adrienne (Alo), Clare (Burnum), Vanessa (Iapala) and Shannon (Sorg) all had a great day,' said Walker. 'Shannon was unstoppable.'

Oregon State looks to extend its three-game winning streak when the Beavers return to Pacific-10 Conference action and host No. 12 Arizona State on Friday at 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
Game 1:
Portland State - 000 000 - 0 0 0
Oregon State - 300 114 - 9 10 0
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Seibert and Rutledge (PSU). WP - Hoffman (19-13). LP - Seibert (9-10). 2B - Sorg (OSU). HR - Alo, 2 (OSU), Iapala (OSU), Petersen (OSU), Burnum (OSU).

Game 2:
Portland State - 000 000 0 - 0 7 0
Oregon State - 114 101 0 - 8 14 1
Hoffman, DuBois (5) and Prochaska (OSU), Herscher and Mills (PSU). WP - Hoffman (20-13). LP - Herscher (2-5). 2B - Sorg (OSU), Alo (OSU). HR - Burnum (OSU), Petersen (OSU), Sorg (OSU). SB - Olsen (PSU).

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