Mia Longfellow's Walk-Off Home Run Leads No. 22 Softball To Dramatic 6-5 Victory Over Mississippi State
Feb. 27, 2005
Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow blasted a pair of home runs including a two-run walk-off shot that led the No. 22 ranked Oregon State softball team to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory against Mississippi State in Sunday's final round of action at the Palm Springs Classic at Big League Dreams.
The Beavers (10-6), winners of four straight, rallied to score three runs with one-out in the seventh inning. Pinch hitter Maggie DeWall started things off with a double to right-center field and junior Adrienne Alo followed with a double that knocked in DeWall and set-up Longfellow's game-winner.
The home run was the third of the season for Longfellow, and second in the game over the right field fence, as she and Alo belted back-to-back shots in the bottom of the fifth inning to knot the score at 3-3.
Mississippi State (11-6) jumped in front early, as back-to-back two-out singles up the middle allowed the Bulldogs to take a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. The Beavers looked to respond in the bottom half of the frame as Longfellow roped a one-out double to right-center and advanced to third, but OSU failed to capitalize.
Mississippi State got runners aboard in the second and third innings, but Beaver starter Brianne McGowan (8-2) ended both threats with a strikeout.The Bulldogs extended their lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning, taking advantage of a lead-off double by Keri McFarling followed by a triple from Blair Geddings.
Oregon State got both runs back in the bottom half of the fifth. Junior leftfielder Ingrid Lochelt led-off the inning with a triple to right field and then came across the plate on Alana Mendoza's sacrifice fly. Alo pulled the Beavers within 3-2 when she blasted her third home run in as many days with a straightaway shot over the center field fence and Longfellow followed with her bomb to right.
OSU held all of the momentum coming out of the fifth and McGowan used it to her advantage by striking out the MSU side in the sixth.
The Bulldogs regained the lead in the top of the seventh scoring a pair of runs and capitalizing on two OSU errors.
Longfellow finished the day with a 3-for-4 effort from the plate and three RBI, while Alo went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
McGowan matched her season-high with eight strikeouts in her seventh complete game of the season.
Oregon State returns to action on Friday with a pair of games at the Cal-State Fullerton-Worth Tournament. The Beavers will face Boston College at 11:15 a.m., followed by a 6 p.m. outing against Illinois State.
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