No. 16 Softball Rolls Past UC Santa Barbara, 7-3, In Season Opener

Feb. 4, 2005

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior catcher Lisa Allen was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate as the No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team rolled to a 7-3 victory against UC Santa Barbara in Friday's season opener at the UCSB Tournament.

OSU (1-0) pulled in front early, taking a 3-0 lead in the third inning behind a two-out 2-RBI double to right-center field by sophomore Mia Longfellow. Longfellow eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch by UCSB (1-3) hurler Carly Harmon.

The Beavers added to their lead with three more runs in the fourth inning helped in part by a two-run double to left-center field by Allen, who proceeded to score on an infield ground out by freshman Stephanie Wagoner.

'Offensively we took advantage of a few of their mistakes and we got some timely hitting,' said OSU 11th year head coach Kirk Walker. 'Mia came up with a big hit that sparked us and Lisa also had a big hit later on.'

Sophomore pitchers Brianne McGowan and Ta'Tyana McElroy both saw action in the circle.

'Both Bri and Ty threw some good pitches,' said Walker. 'It's great for them to both get action today and to throw well.'

McGowan picked up the victory while allowing just three hits and striking out two batters in four innings of work. McElroy earned the save while striking out two in three innings of relief.

Offensively, Allen ended up with a pair of doubles and two RBI. Freshman right fielder Cambria Miranda earned the first hit of her career when she tallied an infield single in the fourth inning.

'We had a solid defensive performance,' said Walker. 'Our freshman did really well. Stephanie Wagoner made a great play at shortstop that created some momentum for us, and Cambria Miranda performed well in right field.'

The Beavers have now won three straight season openers.

OSU will face University of New Mexico on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. rematch with UC Santa Barbara.

'Overall it was a great first day,' said Walker. 'We're ready to go after it tomorrow.'


Oregon State Beavers 7, UC Santa Barbara 3 (Feb 04, 2005 at Santa Barbara, CA)----------------------------------------------------------------------Oregon State Beavers 003 301 0 -  7  7  0      (1-0)UC Santa Barbara.... 000 100 2 -  3  6  1      (1-3)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Oregon State Beavers - McGowan; McElroy(5). UC Santa Barbara - Harmon; Sommer(3).Win-McGowan(1-0)  Save-McElroy(1)  Loss-Harmon(0-1)  T-2:25  A-110McGowan faced 1 batter in the 5th.
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