No. 16 Softball Wins 18th Straight With Decisive 9-0 Victory Over No. 17 Washington
April 3, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team won its 18th consecutive game with a decisive 9-0 5-inning victory against No. 17 Washington in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference outing.
With the win, Oregon State improves to 24-6 overall and the Beavers remain the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 with a perfect 3-0 mark. OSU has opened conference play with a 3-0 record on just one other occasion - the Beavers opened the 2002 Pac-10 season with four straight victories.
'We hit the ball well both yesterday and today,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Any time you can get three wins in a Pac-10 weekend it's huge.'
The double was the ninth of the season for Iapala and the 36th of her career - tied for 3rd place on the OSU all-time chart.
OSU extended its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the third as sophomore third baseman Sherina Galvan extended her hitting streak to nine games with a 2-RBI shot up the middle that plated Iapala and pinch runner Natalie Johnson. The Beavers added another run on Cambria Miranda's shot off UW pitcher Ashley Boek's glove.
Oregon State put the game away in the bottom of the fourth as Kelly Petersen ripped a 2-RBI single off the left field fence and Miranda added a 2-RBI single through the left side, giving the Beavers their final margin at 9-0.
Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan (21-2) continued her dominance in the circle en route to her 21st victory of the year and 17th straight win. McGowan allowed just four hits and struck out six in her 16th complete game of the season. Her 21 victories on the year rank in a tie for 6th place in the OSU single season record book.
Miranda, the team's leading batter with a .390 clip, was a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with three RBI, while Iapala was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eight different Beaver players scored on the day and six player picked up at least one hit in the five inning contest.
Washington's (17-11) second baseman Dominque Lastrapes led the Huskies with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate.
The Beavers return to action on Wednesday with a Civil War showdown against Oregon. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
No. 17 Washington - 000 00 - 0 4 3
No. 16 Oregon State - 203 4x - 9 9 0
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Boek, Noble (4) and Rivera (UW). WP - McGowan (21-2). LP - Boek (11-7). 2B - Iapala (OSU).