No. 18 Softball Splits Double-Header With Portland State

April 28, 2004

PORTLAND, Ore. - No. 18 ranked Oregon State University split a double-header against Portland State University in Wednesday night's non-conference softball action. The Vikings (18-31) rallied to take the first game by a score of 4-2, while the Beavers (39-18) responded with a 10-0 five-inning victory in the nightcap, breaking the school record with 18 hits.

In game-one, a two-out two-RBI single up the middle by sophomore Vanessa Iapala helped the Beavers take a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman held control of the game from the circle over the first five innings of play, surpassing the 700-mark for strikeouts in her career (704) by fanning six batters, including striking out the side in the bottom of the third.

The wheels came off however for the Beavers in the bottom of the sixth when PSU's Erin Stokey sent the first pitch of the inning over the left-center field fence to cut OSU's lead in half. After a single by Rose Rutledge and Annie Peccia's walk, Oregon State reliever Ta'Tyana McElroy entered the game. Designated player Kayla Lewis belted the second pitch she saw over the right-center field fence to give the Vikings a 4-2 edge.

Oregon State responded in game-two, scoring six runs on seven hits in the opening inning of action. Freshman third baseman Sherina Galvan led-off the game with a double and tallied an RBI single later in the inning. Other highlights included a two-run home run by Iapala - her ninth of the season, as well as an RBI single from Ingrid Lochelt.

The Beavers more than doubled their hit output of the entire first game in the first inning of the nightcap.

A two-RBI double by Kelly Petersen capped off four consecutive hits in the top of the fourth as OSU extended its lead to 8-0.

Oregon State made the final score 10-0 after utilizing four hits to score two more runs in the top of the fifth. Lisa Allen added an RBI single to her 3-for-4 outing, while Petersen picked up her third RBI contest.

Seven different Oregon State players tallied two hits in the second game, while the Beavers broke the school record with 18 hits in the contest. Every Beaver batter that stepped to the plate reached base at least once during the game.

Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan (10-3) earned the complete game victory and her fifth shutout of the year.

Iapala finished with four RBI on the day, giving her 44 on the season which ranks in a tie for second place in the OSU single season record book with All-American Tarrah Beyster (2000).

Oregon State returns to Pacifc-10 Conference action on Friday when the Beavers host No. 7 ranked University of Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.

GAME RESULTS:
Game 1
No. 18 Oregon State - 002 000 0 - 2 3 0
Portland State - 000 004 x - 4 7 2
Hoffman, McElroy (6) and Allen (OSU), Hext and Rutledge (PSU). WP - Hext (11-14). LP - Hoffman (18-11). HR - Stokey (PSU), Lewis (PSU).

Game 2
No. 18 Oregon State - 600 22 - 10 18 0
Portland State - 000 00 - 0 4 1
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Holm, Hess (1) and Rutledge (PSU). WP - McGowan (10-3). LP - Holm (3-10). 2B - Galvan (OSU), Petersen (OSU). HR - Iapala (OSU).

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