Softball Drops A Pair To No. 2 UCLA
May 4, 2003
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Oregon State's softball squad held a 2-0 lead going into Sunday's rainout double-header against No. 2 UCLA, but it was all Bruins on senior day at Easton Stadium. UCLA (43-5; 14-3 Pac-10) picked up 10-2 and 9-1 victories on the day against the Beavers (31-27; 4-14 Pac-10).
Prior to being rained out on Saturday night, the Beavers jumped in front 1-0 after a wild first inning. Senior Clare Burnum belted her 44th career double to lead things off but UCLA ace Keira Goerl struck out the next two batters. Shelly Prochaska kept the inning alive after reaching base on an error by the Bruins' third baseman. Prochaska proceeded to steal second and an errant throw from the UCLA catcher allowed Burnum to cross the plate, giving OSU the early lead.
The Bruins looked to answer in the bottom half of the inning after a pair of hits but Prochaska threw out Natasha Watley, the Pac-10's leading base stealer, and OSU starter Amy Klever forced a pair of groundouts to end the frame.
Things got even wilder in the second inning as a melee of Bruin miscues helped the Beavers extend their lead to 2-0. Freshman Lisa Allen reached base on an error to open the inning and after advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Vanessa Iapala, Allen scored when Goerl misplayed a grounder and had a wild throw to first base on Steph Adams' grounder.
All-told UCLA tallied five errors in the first two innings of action.
When the Beavers took the field in the bottom half of the inning the rain started to come down. Stephanie Ramos led-off the inning with a single and then advanced to third after a pair of wild pitches from Klever. After Emily Zaplatosch drew a walk the game was called.
Action picked back up on Sunday morning with Klever keeping the Bruins at bay, retiring three in a row without damage to finish the second, but back-to-back two-out home runs from Tairia Mims and Clare Sua knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third.
UCLA took advantage of four hits and a wild pitch to push its lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth, and a fifth inning home run from Zaplatosch made the score 7-2.
The Bruins ended the contest by pounding six hits and scoring three runs to make the final 10-2 after six innings.
Burnum and Brynnen Guthrie recorded OSU's lone hits in the contest but the Beavers stranded five runners on base.
Things only got worse for the Beavers in game-two as the Bruins pounded seven hits including a pair of home runs to score six runs in the first inning against OSU starter Dena DuBois.Kelly Petersen broke-up the no-hitter by UCLA hurler Michelle Turner in the fourth inning with a lined shot off the wall in center field.
Caitlin Benyi's second home run of the day gave the Bruins an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Beaver senior Steph Adams blasted her 23rd career home run and sixth of the season with a deep shot over the fence in left-center field, making the score 8-1 in the top of the fifth.
Toria Auelua's home run in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the game.
Defensively the OSU infield made several big stops in the contest.
In another highlight of the day other than Adams' home run, Iapala broke her second window of the season, sending a shot through the glass of the UCLA concession stand. Earlier this season the freshman shattered a windshield on a foul ball at Oregon.
The Beavers return home to face No. 15 Stanford University on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.
Oregon State - 110 000 - 2 2 1
No. 2 UCLA - 002 413 - 10 17 5
Klever and Prochaska (OSU), Goerl and Zaplatosch (UCLA). WP - Goerl (31-5). LP - Klever (8-8). 2B - Burnum (OSU), Mejia (UCLA). HR - Mims (UCLA), Sua (UCLA), Zaplatosch (UCLA).
Oregon State - 000 01 - 1 2 1
No. 2 UCLA 601 11 - 9 12 1
DuBois and Prochaska (OSU), Turner and Zaplatosch (UCLA). WP - Turner (12-0). LP - DuBois (2-5). 2B - Auelua (UCLA), Ramos (UCLA). HR - Adams (OSU), Benyi, 2 (UCLA), Zaplatosch (UCLA), Auelua (UCLA). SB -Auelua (UCLA), Simpson (UCLA).