No. 18 Softball Stumbles Against No. 7 Washington, 4-2

April 30, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - No. 18 ranked Oregon State University dropped a 4-2 contest against No. 7 ranked University of Washington in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

With the loss, the Beavers fall to 39-19 on the year and 3-10 in Pac-10 play, while Washington improves to 33-11 overall and 7-4 in conference.

Both teams were able to get the lead-off batter aboard in the first inning. UW's Dominque Lastrapes was left stranded at third base when Beaver hurler Monica Hoffman forced Kristen Rivera to fly-out. The Beavers were more successful in their half of the inning and able to capitalize on a lead-off walk by Adrienne Alo, as the sophomore outfielder put OSU in front, 1-0, after a sacrifice fly from Lisa Allen.

The Huskies responded with a run of their own in the second inning when Amanda Oleson belted a two-out home run over the right field fence.

Washington took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth after Rivera opened the inning with a lined shot to left field that was misplayed, allowing the All-American to reach second base. Pinch runner Jamie Rau crossed the plate when Kathy Fiske belted a single that flew off the glove of Beaver third baseman Sherina Galvan.

OSU looked to regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore first baseman Vanessa Iapala hammered a deep fly ball to left field, but Courtney Jeffries ended the inning when she made the catch, crashing into the fence.

The Huskies put the game out of reach with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of two hits and a sloppy fielding play, to extend their lead to 4-1.

The Beavers answered with one run in the bottom of the seventh when pinch runner Carrie Syphers scored on Alo's single to right field. That was all Oregon State would get however, as Husky starter Ashley Boek (22-7) recorded her ninth strike out to end the game.

OSU finished with just three hits, two of which came from freshman outfielder Mia Longfellow.

Hoffman threw well for the Beavers, allowing just two earned runs and striking out five batters in the complete game.

'Monica threw a decent ballgame,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Unfortunately our athletes are still waiting for someone to give them the game, and they will have to wait a long time in this conference to get that 40th victory.'

Oregon State hosts No. 3 ranked UCLA on Saturday at 2 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 7 Washington - 010 100 2 - 4 6 2
No. 16 Oregon State - 100 000 1 - 2 3 2
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Boek and Rivera (UW). WP - Boek (22-7). LP - Hoffman (18-12). 2B - Lastrapes (UW). HR - Oleson (UW).

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