No. 16 Softball Makes History With Double-Header Sweep Of BYU
March 25, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team swept its home-opening double-header against Brigham Young University on Friday afternoon, breaking the school record for consecutive victories with 13.OSU earned a 5-1 victory in the opening game and then rallied for a 4-3 win in a six-inning contest that was shortened due to darkness.
The Beavers' (19-6) school record 13-game winning streak began on Feb. 25 against Wisconsin.
Oregon State broke the first game open in the bottom of the third inning, scoring five runs on six hits. Back-to-back singles by Sherina Galvan and Alana Mendoza started things off and the Beavers got on the scoreboard when Maggie DeWall singled through the left side. OSU added two more runs on a single to left by Brianne McGowan. RBI singles by Cambria Miranda and Kelly Petersen pushed the score to 5-0.
McGowan (16-2) continued her dominance in the circle, striking out the side in the top of the fourth and eight batters in the game en route to her 11th consecutive victory. The 6-2 sophomore Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week fanned 27 batters over a three-game span.
DeWall finished the game with a 2-for-3 clip, while Miranda also went 2-for-3 from the plate.
Game two saw BYU (17-6) jump out to an early 2-0 lead, taking advantage of an RBI triple by Jennifer Whiteley and a wild pitch.
OSU got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Miranda ripped her fourth home run of the season with a shot over the straight-away center field fence.
The Beavers had a pair of runners get aboard in the bottom of the third but failed to capitalize as Cougar hurler Summer Tobias recorded a strike out to end the inning.
BYU added another run in the top of the fourth when Paige Paramore belted a home run over the left field fence against Beaver starter Amy Klever.Ingrid Lochelt answered for the Beavers with a lined shot over the left field fence to make the score 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth and OSU used four hits in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good.
DeWall started things off when she legged out an infield hit and after advancing to second on Mia Longfellow's groundout, McGowan stepped to the plate and came within inches of her sixth home run of the season as her shot to center field skipped off the top of the fence and became an RBI single when DeWall scored. Miranda followed with her fourth hit of the day and Petersen's two-out RBI to left field proved to be the game-winner.
McGowan earned her 16th victory in the nightcap, while striking out three in three innings of work.
Miranda extended her hitting streak to a team-best eight games and finished with a 4-for-6 clip on the day. DeWall finished with three hits and McGowan tallied three RBI.
Eight different players picked up at least one hit for the balanced Beaver attack.
'Our team effort has been our biggest strength,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker.
Oregon State returns to action on Saturday with a pair of games. The Beavers are scheduled to face Portland State University at 2 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. contest against University of Nevada at Erv Lind Stadium in Portland. Both games could be moved however to the OSU Softball Complex if weather plays a factor. Please contact the OSU softball hotline at 541-737-2789 or check online at www.osubeavers.com for schedule changes.
Game 1 -
Brigham Young - 000 000 1 - 1 3 0
No. 16 Oregon State - 005 000 x - 5 9 0
McGowan and Lochelt (OSU), Urincho, Boyce (3) and Perry (BYU). WP - McGowan (15-2). LP - Urincho (6-1). 2B - Perry (BYU).
Game 2 -
Brigham Young - 020 100 - 3 9 1
No. 16 Oregon State - 010 12x - 4 9 0
Klever, McGowan (4) and Lochelt (OSU), Tobias, Boyce (5) and Perry (BYU). WP - McGowan (16-2). LP - Tobias (7-4). 2B - Perry (BYU), Norton (BYU). 3B - Whiteley (BYU). HR - Miranda (OSU), Paramore (BYU), Lochelt (OSU).