No. 16 Softball Sweeps Portland State - Win Streak Continues At 15 Games
March 30, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - No. 16 ranked Oregon State swept Wednesday night's softball double-header at Portland State to extend its school record winning streak to 15 games. The Beavers recorded a 5-1 victory in the opener and followed that with a 7-0 decision in the nightcap.
Oregon State's (21-6) 15-game winning streak began on Feb. 25.
Portland State (6-15) opened the scoring on the night when Mandy Hill belted her second home run of the season with a deep shot over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the second inning.
A lead-off double by Vanessa Iapala sparked Oregon State's offense a bit in the top of the fourth and the All-American eventually scored when the Vikings allowed a throw to sail into center field while Cambria Miranda was attempting to steal second.
Lisa Allen broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth inning when she blasted her fifth home run of the season with a two-run shot over the right field fence.
OSU added two more runs in the seventh, taking advantage of three hits and a PSU error. Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow had a 2-RBI single through the left side in the frame, making the final margin 5-1.
Beaver hurler Brianne McGowan (18-2) earned the victory, allowing just two hits while amassing nine strike outs, including striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh.
Iapala finished with a 2-for-3 clip from the plate, while Maggie DeWall, who played two seasons for the Vikings, was a perfect 3-for-3 against her old squad.
The second game shaped up to be a pitcher's dual from the start between McGowan and PSU hurler Mandy Hill (1-3). Both teams struggled to get things going on the offensive end, but the Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Adrienne Alo crossed the plate as Sherina Galvan drew the Viking throw while stealing second base.
McGowan continued her hold on the Portland State batters by striking out the side in the bottom of the third.
OSU's bats came alive in the top of the fourth and the Beavers used a string of three straight hits to open the inning and break the game open. DeWall led-off the frame with her fifth hit of the day and Longfellow followed with a bunt single. Iapala stepped to the plate and roped her team-leading eighth double of the season with an RBI shot to right-center field. Longfellow added to the lead when she scored after Miranda singled through the left side - extending her team-leading hitting streak to 10 games. Adrienne Alo's sacrifice fly to center made the score 4-0.
Junior pitcher Amy Klever threw two innings of relief, striking out a pair of Viking batters. McGowan won her 14th consecutive outing and struck out eight batters in five innings of work.
DeWall finished the night with a 6-for-7 mark from the plate, while Miranda was 3-for-5. Longfellow chipped in a team-best four RBI.
The Beavers open Pacific-10 Conference action on Friday when OSU hosts No. 7 ranked UCLA. Game-time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Game 1 -
No. 16 Oregon State - 000 102 2 - 5 9 0
Portland State - 010 000 0 - 1 2 2
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Holm and Rutledge (PSU). WP - McGowan (17-2). LP - Holm (2-6). HR - Hill (PSU), Allen (OSU). 3B - Rutledge (PSU). 2B - Iapala (OSU), DeWall (OSU).
Game 2 -
No. 16 Oregon State - 000 132 1 - 7 10 0
Portland State - 000 000 0 - 0 4 4
McGowan, Klever (6) and Allen (OSU), Hill and Rutledge (PSU). WP - McGowan (18-2). LP - Hill (1-3). 2B - Iapala (OSU).
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