No. 16 Softball Rolls Past No. 17 Washington, 7-3 - Win Streak Continues At 17 Games
April 2, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - In a record setting day for Oregon State sophomore Brianne McGowan, the 6-2 pitcher belted a pair of home runs and recorded her 20th victory of the season by leading the No. 16 ranked Beavers to a 7-3 victory against No. 17 Washington in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.
The Beavers, winners of 17 consecutive games, improved their record to 23-6 overall and 2-0 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies fell to 17-10 overall and 1-1 in conference games.
McGowan, from Reno, NV, matched the OSU single game record for home runs with two, tied her career-high with four RBI, and became just the fourth pitcher in Beaver history to amass 20 wins in a single season - reaching the feat faster than any other player. She used eight strike outs to up her record to 20-2 on the year and win her 16th consecutive outing.
The Huskies took advantage of a lead-off walk by Ashley Charters in the opening inning to garner a quick 1-0 lead when Charters crossed the plate after a double to the left-center field gap by Dominique Lastrapes.
OSU answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, capped off by McGowan's two-run shot over the left field fence. The Beavers took advantage of an infield hit by Mia Longfellow and a sacrifice fly from Vanessa Iapala for its other runs and a 4-1 advantage.
The Beavers extended their lead to 6-1 when Iapala started the third inning with a single up the middle and came around to score when McGowan sent a pitch from UW reliever Caitlin Noble over the left field fence for her second homer of the day and seventh of the season.
Washington rallied back to score a pair of runs on three hits and a Beaver error in the top of the fifth to pull within 6-3. UW had the bases loaded with one-out, but McGowan forced Husky All-American Kristen Rivera to strike out and then got Amy Minor to ground out to first baseman Alana Mendoza.
Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo blasted her team-leading 10th home run of the season, and second in as many days, with a solo shot over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the sixth.
OSU third baseman Sherina Galvan went 1-for-2 from the plate, extending her current hitting streak to eight games.
Oregon State wraps up its home series with the Huskies on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 17 Washington - 100 020 0 - 3 5 1
No. 16 Oregon State - 402 001 x - 7 7 1
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Boek, Noble (3) and Rivera (UW). WP - McGowan (20-2). LP - Boek (11-6). HR - McGowan, 2 (OSU), Alo (OSU). 2B - Lastrapes (UW), Petersen (OSU).