Softball Stuns No. 5 Washington, 4-2, In Seattle
May 2, 2003
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Clare Burnum's fifth inning two-run home run over the left-center field fence helped propel Oregon State to a 4-2 upset victory against No. 5 University of Washington in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.
The victory was just the second ever for Oregon State (31-25; 4-12 Pac-10) against Washington (40-11-1; 7-9 Pac-10) in Seattle, and the first since 1999. The victory also secured a winning season for the Beavers and possible fifth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament berth.
The Beavers pulled ahead early, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning behind a pair of hits. Lisa Allen roped a double off the left field wall to lead-off the frame and then scored on Vanessa Iapala's high chopper up the middle.
Washington evened things up in the bottom half of the frame, capitalizing on a pair of hits with Cathy Fiske crossing the plate on a single up the middle by Amanda Oleson. Beaver starter Amy Klever got out of a jam when Aimee Minor grounded out to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Oregon State's big fifth inning started when Steph Adams blasted her ninth double of the season with a shot off the wall in left-center field. Adams' double just missed going out of the park by a foot. Cara Maxey followed with a sacrifice bunt, setting up Burnum's ninth home run of the season.
The Huskies threatened in the bottom half of the fifth inning after Minor reached on a lead-off error. Minor became the first out when Jaime Clark reached on a fielder's choice, but moments later Beaver catcher Shelly Prochaska gunned down Clark attempting to steal second. Klever ended the frame by freezing Husky leading batter Kristen Rivera at the plate for her fourth strikeout of the contest.
OSU added to its lead with a run in the sixth inning when Iapala belted a two-out double high off the wall in right-center field and scored on chopper from Adams that bounced over the UW second baseman's head.
Washington pounded three hits in the sixth inning but the Beavers turned their 21st double play of the season - just one shy of the school record - and Klever fanned pinch hitter Courtney Jeffries to end the frame.
UW made the score 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh with an unearned run, but stranded a pair of runners on base when Dena Tyson popped up to end the game.
OSU tallied eight hits against UW ace Tia Bollinger (22-8) while Klever (8-7) earned her third Pac-10 victory this season for the Beavers.
Brynnen Guthrie, Iapala and Adams all finished the game 2-for-3 marks from the plate.
Oregon State continues its road swing with a 7 p.m. contest against UCLA in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Oregon State - 010 021 0 - 4 8 2
Washington - 010 000 1 - 2 8 0
Klever and Prochaska (OSU), Bollinger and Rivera (UW). WP - Klever (8-7). LP - Bollinger (22-8). 2B - Allen (OSU), Adams (OSU), Iapala (OSU).
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