No. 18 Softball Comes From Behind To Win A Pair At CSUF Worth Tournament
March 6, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 18 ranked Oregon State softball team blasted four home runs on Sunday as the Beavers topped University of Nevada, 8-3, and Boston College in eight innings, 6-4, in the final round of action at the CSUF Worth Tournament.
The Beavers (14-6) were a perfect 4-0 in the tournament and have won a season-best eight straight games. Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen became Oregon State's all-time leader in runs scored, crossing the plate in each of OSU's four victories to give the San Diego, CA, native a total of 104 runs - breaking Shawna Feldt's (1999-01) record of 103.
Nevada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opener behind a first inning 2-run home run by Jillian Hartfiel. Oregon State got a run back in the bottom of the fourth after Adrienne Alo's single knocked in freshman Cambria Miranda, but the Wolfpack answered with another run in the bottom half of the frame.
The Beavers turned the tide and put the game out of reach by recording five hits and batting around the order in the fifth. OSU scored six runs in the frame, helped by RBI singles from Lisa Allen and Miranda, as well as Alo's sixth home run of the season.
Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan (11-2) capped off the scoring with a home run in the sixth. McGowan went the distance for the Beavers and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Oregon State rallied back from a 4-0 deficit against Boston College to eventually win the second game in the eighth inning behind a 2-run home run by Allen. Petersen tallied an RBI single and Miranda picked up her first career home run with a two-run shot in the fourth, to keep things close.
McGowan earned the victory in relief, throwing 3.2 innings and striking out five. Amy Klever allowed just a pair of hits in three innings of work.
'We broke it open with some big hits,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Brianne entered in relief and got out of a few jams.'
Alo finished as the tournament's leader with seven hits, finishing with a 7-for-15 (.467) clip from the plate.
'Overall it was two very solid performances and some good wins for us, especially to come from behind,' said Walker.
Oregon State takes some time off for finals and will not return to action until Friday, March 18 at the Capitol Classic hosted by Sacramento State. The Beavers will face Long Island followed by a game against University of Iowa.
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