No. 13 Softball Rolls Past No. 17 Arizona State, 8-1, For 21st Straight Victory
April 9, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 13 ranked Oregon State softball team won its 21st consecutive game and remained undefeated in Pacific-10 Conference action with an 8-1 victory against No. 17 ranked Arizona State on Saturday night.
With the victory, the Beavers improve to 27-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Pac-10 play - their best conference start ever. It also marks OSU's most conference victories since finishing with seven Pac-10 wins in 2002. Arizona State falls to 26-12 on the season and 1-5 in conference.
Freshman Cambria Miranda's first inning home run over the left field wall gave the Beavers an early 1-0 lead. Miranda, the team's leading batter, blasted her fifth home run of the year with a 230-foot shot down the left field line.
ASU looked to counter in the bottom of the frame after back-to-back hits to start the action, but Beaver hurler Brianne McGowan settled in, recording a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the inning unscathed.
The Beavers extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth behind a pair of extra-base hits. Vanessa Iapala ripped her team-leading 10th double of the season down the left field line to plate Mia Longfellow and OSU added three more runs on Lisa Allen's seventh home run of the year. Allen's shot - her 21st all-time - sailed 225 feet over the right field wall.
The Sun Devils broke into the scoring column with a two-out RBI single from Valerie Seville in the bottom of the fifth.
Oregon State got the run back in the top of the sixth when McGowan hit her eighth home run of the season with a lined shot over the left field wall.
The Beavers made the score 8-1 in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of an ASU throwing error on Longfellow's sacrifice bunt attempt to score a pair.
McGowan upped her record to 24-2 on the season - the sixth highest single season win total in school history. The victory also marked her 20th consecutive.
Beaver sophomore hurler Ta'Tyana McElroy picked up a strikeout in two innings of relief.
Four of OSU's five hits went for extra bases.
Mindy Cowles was a perfect 3-for-3 for the Sun Devils. ASU had a runner reach base in all seven innings.
Oregon State and Arizona State will finish the series in Tempe on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 13 Oregon State - 100 401 2 - 8 5 0
No. 17 Arizona State - 000 010 0 - 1 8 1
McGowan, McElroy (6) and Allen (OSU), Serrano, Werschky (7) and Knabe (ASU). WP - McGowan (24-2). LP - Serrano (10-4). 2B - Cowles (ASU), Iapala (OSU). HR - Miranda (OSU), Allen (OSU), McGowan (OSU).
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