Three Home Runs Help No. 16 Softball Cruise By New Mexico, 8-3

Feb. 6, 2005

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A trio of home runs helped the No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team cruise to an 8-3 victory against University of New Mexico in Sunday's final action of the UC Santa Barbara Tournament.

The Beavers finished the opening weekend of play with a 3-1 record.

OSU used a five-run second inning to put the game out of reach. The Beavers picked up five hits in the frame and got a 2-RBI double from senior Kelly Petersen, as well as a 3-run home run from junior Lisa Allen.

Allen finished tournament action with a .583 batting average (7-for-12) to go along with three doubles, a home run, and six RBI.

Oregon State's first four batters (Mia Longfellow, Petersen, Allen, Vanessa Iapala) combined for eight of the Beavers' 11 hits against the Lobos.

Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo and sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan each belted solo home runs to left-center field in the top of the seventh.

'We had some big opportunities and left a lot of runners on base, but we did a good job later in the game staying aggressive,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We broke out of our power slump and had a few home runs.'McGowan earned the complete game victory to improve to 2-0 on the year.

'Brianne pitched a nice ballgame,' said Walker. 'She definitely stepped up in the second half of the game and raised her focus and intensity, which was good to see.'

Fourteen different Beaver players saw action in the game.

'A lot of different people got to play today,' said Walker. 'Natalie Johnson made a tremendous diving catch in center field.'

Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers face University of Utah at 10 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. showdown with Texas Tech University at the UNLV Tournament in Las Vegas.

GAME RESULTS:

Oregon State 8, New Mexico 3 (Feb 06, 2005 at Santa Barbara, Calif)----------------------------------------------------------------------Oregon State........ 150 000 2 -  8 11  1      (3-1)New Mexico.......... 110 010 0 -  3  7  2      (0-5)----------------------------------------------------------------------Pitchers: Oregon State - McGowan. New Mexico - Perkins.Win-McGowan(2-0)  Loss-Perkins(0-3)  T-2:15  A-100HR OSU - Allen; Alo; McGowan.
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