Back-To-Back Home Runs From Lisa Allen And Sherina Galvan Give No. 13 Softball A 2-1 Civil War Victory
April 6, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Back-to-back fifth inning home runs from junior catcher Lisa Allen and sophomore third baseman Sherina Galvan propelled the No. 13 ranked Oregon State softball team to its 19th consecutive win and a 2-1 victory against No. 25 University of Oregon on Wednesday afternoon.
With the Civil War win, the Beavers improve to 25-6 overall and match their best start in Pacific-10 Conference action with a 4-0 record. The Ducks drop to 22-11 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
The game shaped up to be a pitcher's dual from the start as OSU starter Brianne McGowan (22-2) and UO starter Amy Harris (11-5) kept the opposing batters off balance.
Oregon freshman Lovena Chaput broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third when she roped an RBI double to the left-center field gap for the game's first hit. Breanne Sabol, who had reached base on a walk, came around to score to give the Ducks the 1-0 advantage.
Harris kept the Beaver batters at bay, pitching a no-hitter until Mia Longfellow belted her eighth double of the season with a one-out shot off the right field fence in the bottom of the fourth. OSU failed to capitalize as Harris forced a line-out and recorded her fourth strike out to end the inning.
McGowan strengthened her hold on the Oregon hitters in the fifth by garnering a pair of strike outs and the Beavers used the momentum to take over the lead in the bottom half of the frame.
Allen knotted the score with a one-out shot that bounced on the top of the right-center field fence before finding its way over the wall. The home run was her sixth of the season and helped the Canby, OR, native move into fourth place in the OSU record book with 21 career homers.
In the ensuing at-bat, Galvan belted what proved to be the game-winner with a deep shot to straight-away center field. The home run was Galvan's first of the season and extended her current hitting streak to 10 games.McGowan quieted any comeback bid by the Ducks, retiring six straight and striking out the side in the seventh to end the game.
The victory was the 18th consecutive for the 6-2 hurler and her 17th complete game on the season.
Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers face No. 2 ranked University of Arizona. The Wildcats have won 16 straight games in the series, dating back to a 4-0 OSU victory on Mar. 27, 1999 in Tucson.First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Hillenbrand Stadium with the game televised on ESPNU.
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McGowan and Allen (OSU), Harris and Richards (UO). WP - McGowan (22-2). LP - Harris (11-5). 2B - Chaput (UO), Longfellow (OSU). HR - Allen (OSU), Galvan (OSU).