Softball Stumbles Against No. 17 Stanford, 9-3
May 9, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's softball squad had everything under control for four innings of action on Friday, but No. 17 Stanford University rallied back to take a 9-3 victory against the Beavers at the OSU Softball Complex.
The Beavers fell to 31-28 overall and 4-15 in the Pacific-10 Conference while the Cardinal improved to 39-23 and 6-13 in conference play.
A big first inning gave Oregon State the early lead. The Beavers tallied three hits in the frame with Shelly Prochaska's bloop single to left field plating Clare Burnum and then Vanessa Iapala hitting a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle, making the score 3-0.
Beaver hurler Monica Hoffman sat down the first 11 batters she faced in order and held the Cardinal without a hit through the first four innings.
The Cardinal bats came alive in the fifth inning however, as Stanford used six hits and took advantage of an Oregon State error to take a 5-3 lead
Kira Ching broke-up Hoffman's no-hitter when she tallied a lead-off single up the middle to open the frame. The Cardinal added another hit when Elizabeth Bendig followed with a single, and then got on the scoreboard after an RBI double from Maureen LeCocq.
OSU freshman hurler Amy Klever entered the contest in relief with no-outs and runners on second and third, but a high chopper to right field from Leah Nelson plated both runners and tied the score at 3-3. The Cardinal took the lead after Cassie Brangham's fly ball to left field was misplayed, allowing a pair of runs to score.
Stanford added four more runs - all with two outs - on three hits in the top of the seventh. A two-run double by Brangham and home run from Jessica Allister put the game out of reach.
'I was disappointed in our ability to fight today,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We've been playing well, we came out early and scored against a good pitcher, Monica (Hoffman) throws four nearly perfect innings and unfortunately we didn't fight back when they pushed - you can't do that in the Pac-10 against a top-20 team.'
Burnum led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate and scored a run to raise her career total to 99 - one shy of matching the school record.
Oregon State wraps up the regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. double-header against No. 9 California at the OSU Softball Complex. A pre-game ceremony will honor Beaver seniors Steph Adams, Burnum, Brynnen Guthrie, Cara Maxey and Prochaska - all making their final appearance in Corvallis.
No. 17 Stanford - 000 050 4 - 9 10 2
Oregon State - 300 000 0 - 3 4 2
Hoffman, Klever (5) and Prochaska (OSU), Sorenson, Nyberg (5) and Allister (STAN). WP - Sorenson (19-10). LP - Klever (8-9). 2B - LeCocq (STAN), Brangham (STAN). HR - Allister (STAN). SB - Prochaska (OSU).