No. 6 Seeded Softball Falls To No. 24 Ranked Florida, 3-2
May 15, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 6 seeded Oregon State softball squad appeared to have everything under control but No. 24 University of Florida took advantage of a pair of errors to rally for a 3-2 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Regional Tournament in Gainesville Florida.
Florida (41-23) threatened early in the contest, with leadoff batter Jackie Marchetta singling to open the Gators' half of the first inning and advancing to third after a pair of outs. OSU (32-30) hurler Monica Hoffman got out the frame when she forced Mandy Schuerman to ground out and end the threat.
Beaver catcher Shelly Prochaska came within a few feet of giving Oregon State the lead when she belted a shot that was caught on the foul line at the wall in left field. Two batters later, Kelly Petersen tallied OSU's first hit of the contest with a liner to right-center field, but the Beavers couldn't capitalize.
Oregon State broke the school record for double plays in a season when the Beavers turned their 25th double play of the year to end the second inning.
Lisa Allen's third inning blast put the Beavers in front, 1-0, as she sent a line-drive shot well past the 220 foot mark in straightaway center field. The home run was Allen's fourth of the season.
The Beavers added to their cushion in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a pair of doubles to make the score 2-0. Vanessa Iapala connected on her 13th two-baser of the season and then scored when Steph Adams recorded her 11th double of the year with a two-out shot down the left field line.
Florida got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when the Gators capitalized on a misplayed ball in the outfield. For the third time this year, what should have been an easy out to end the inning, resulted in allowing the opposition to get on the board.
OSU tallied a trio of singles in the top of the fifth but stranded a pair of runners on base. Outfielder Adrienne Alo redeemed herself in the bottom of the inning when she gunned down Marchetta at the plate to end the Florida half of the frame.
The Gators tied things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Lindsey Cameron roped a two-out single to left field that plated Jennifer Mossadeghi. After Kristen Butler walked and Cameron reached third base on a passed ball, OSU freshman Amy Klever entered the game in relief. Klever forced a groundout to get the Beavers out of the inning.
The Gators tallied another unearned run in the seventh inning, when Marchetta scored after an errant throw to first base.
The Beavers held a 7-6 advantage in hits for the contest, while the Gators scored a pair of unearned runs.
Hoffman (22-14) allowed just five hits and one earned run, while striking out three in 5.2 innings of work. Former University of Arizona pitcher Jenny Gladding (23-13) earned the victory for Florida.
Oregon State will face No. 10 ranked Florida State, the No. 2 seed, at 6 a.m. PDT on Friday. The Seminoles were upset, 1-0, on a seventh inning home run by No. 7 seed Texas-Arlington.
Oregon State knocked off then ranked No. 11 Florida State, 2-0, earlier this year on Feb. 21 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
Oregon State - 001 100 0 - 2 7 1
No. 24 Florida - 000 101 1 - 3 6 2
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Gladding and Butler (UF). WP - Gladding (23-13). LP - (Klever 8-11). HR - Allen (OSU). 2B - Iapala (OSU), Adams (OSU). SB - Marchetta, 2 (UF), Mossadeghi (UF), Brown (UF), Norfleet (UF).