No. 16 Softball Stuns No. 7 UCLA, 2-1, In Eight Innings
April 1, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow's two-out 8th inning single up the middle led the No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team to a dramatic 2-1 victory against No. 7 ranked UCLA in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference opener.
The victory was just the seventh (7-68) in school history for the Beavers (22-6) against the defending NCAA Champion Bruins (19-7) and marked only the fourth time since joining the Pac-10 in 1987 that OSU has picked up a victory in the conference opener.
Oregon State extends its school record winning streak to 16 games - the longest current streak by any Pac-10 team.
The closely contested game saw OSU streak to a 1-0 lead when Adrienne Alo sent the first pitch she saw from UCLA hurler Anjelica Selden over the left field fence for her team-leading ninth homer of the year. The long ball was just the second given up by Selden on the season.
The Bruins stormed back in the second inning to knot the score by stringing together a trio of hits and Kristen Dedmon's bloop single plated Emily Zaplatosch who had roped a double earlier in the frame. OSU pitcher Brianne McGowan got the Beavers out of the jam when she ended the threat by getting a pair of Bruins to strike out looking.
UCLA threatened again by getting a pair of runners on base during the top of the third but McGowan forced Lisa Dodd to strike out to end the inning.
Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen singled to lead off the sixth inning but the Beavers failed to capitalize and the score remained 1-1.
Both pitchers scattered hits throughout and shut down rallies with strike outs as the game entered extra innings.
McGowan retired the Bruin batters in order in the top of the eighth, including picking up her eighth K of the contest to end the frame.
Junior catcher Lisa Allen opened the bottom half of the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ingrid Lochelt. Sophomore Natalie Johnson entered as a pinch runner and would eventually score the game-winner after Alo drew an intentional walk and senior Alana Mendoza hit a clutch two-out single through the left side, setting up Longfellow's walk-off single.
'It was a great inning and a great way to come back and win it in the end,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker.
McGowan (19-2) earned her 15th straight victory by striking out eight and scattering eight hits over eight innings of work. The sophomore right-hander recorded 19 victories faster than any other player in Oregon State history. All-American Tarrah Beyster had previously held the record by reaching 19 wins on April 12, 1999 to up her record to 19-7.
McGowan's 19 wins on the year currently rank in a tie for 7th place in the OSU single season record book.
Oregon State continues Pac-10 action on Saturday when the Beavers host No. 17 ranked University of Washington at 1 p.m.
No. 7 UCLA - 010 000 00 - 1 8 1
No. 16 Oregon State - 100 000 01 - 2 6 1
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Seldon and Zaplatosch (UCLA). WP - McGowan (19-2). LP - Seldon (11-4). HR - Alo (OSU). 2B - Zaplatosch (OSU), Benyi (UCLA).