No. 22 Softball Drops Heartbreaker To No. 5 Tennessee, 1-0

Feb. 25, 2005

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The No. 22 ranked Oregon State softball team suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss against No. 5 ranked University of Tennessee in Friday's opening contest of the Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams.

A pair of first inning walks proved costly for Oregon State (6-6) as Tennessee leftfielder Katherine Card came up with a two-out RBI double down the left field line, providing all of the scoring in the game and helping the Lady Vols (15-0) stay undefeated on the season.

Oregon State pitcher Brianne McGowan went the distance for the Beavers, matching her season-high with seven strikeouts and dispersing six hits throughout the contest.

Tennessee All-American hurler Monica Abbott allowed just one hit in the complete game victory and finished with nine strikeouts.

Junior outfielder Ingrid Lochelt broke-up Abbott's no-hitter in the bottom of the third inning with a single to centerfield, but the Beavers were unable to capitalize.

OSU had its best scoring opportunity of the night in the bottom of the fifth when McGowan reached third base to lead-off the inning as UT rightfielder Stacey Jennings lost a deep fly ball in the lights. Abbott struck out three straight to end the threat.

Junior designated player Vanessa Iapala made things interesting when she led-off the seventh inning with a shot to the warning track that just missed clearing the fence in right field.

Oregon State continues tournament action with an 8 p.m. game against Wisconsin.

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