No. 13 Softball Stuns No. 2 Arizona, 1-0 - Win Streak Grows To 20 Games
April 8, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow scored the lone run of the game when she crossed the plate in the sixth inning on a wild pitch to give the No. 13 ranked Oregon State softball team a 1-0 upset victory at No. 2 ranked University of Arizona late Friday night. The victory extended OSU's school record winning streak to 20 games and broke a 16-game slide against the always tough Wildcats, dating back to the 1999 season.
With the victory, the Beavers improve to 26-6 overall and a perfect 5-0 in Pacific-10 Conference action - their best conference start ever. Arizona falls to 29-4 on the season and 3-2 in the Pac-10.
As was anticipated, both pitchers started the game strong. UA All-American Alicia Hollowell retired three straight in the opening inning and OSU hurler Brianne McGowan allowed a lead-off single by Caitlin Lowe, but responded by striking out the next three Wildcat batters.
In the second inning, Vanessa Iapala just missed her fourth home run of the season when she sent a Hollowell pitch to the left field wall, but once again the Beavers were retired in order.
McGowan recorded her fourth strike out in as many batters when she sat-down Arizona power-hitter Jackie Coburn in the bottom of the second. A groundout to Longfellow at short and a line-out to Kelly Petersen at second ended the inning.
Petersen ripped OSU's first hit of the contest with a two-out shot off the center field wall, but Hollowell managed to strike out the side in the third.
Oregon State worked its way out of a major jam in the bottom of the third. Arizona loaded the bases with three consecutive slap-singles, but Longfellow fielded Autumn Champion's grounder and recorded the force out at home and McGowan snagged Kristie Fox's line drive to turn it into an inning ending double play.
Beaver freshman Cambria Miranda hit a one-out double to shallow left field with a ball that appeared to be misplayed in the lights. Miranda advanced to third on a passed ball, but Hollowell got Iapala to line-out to left field and fanned McGowan, keeping it scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Back-to-back one-out singles by Longfellow and Miranda as well as a walk by Iapala loaded the bases and Longfellow scored what proved to be the game-winner in the top of the sixth when Hollowell's delivery to McGowan sailed over the top of UA catcher Callista Balko's glove.
OSU center fielder Natalie Johnson made a diving catch and Iapala backhanded a line-drive in the bottom of the sixth and after Arizona's Shelly Schultz picked up a two-out walk, Beaver catcher Lisa Allen gunned down pinch runner Adrienne Acton attempting to steal.
McGowan (23-2) retired the Wildcats in order to end the game and earn her 19th consecutive victory. The 6-2 hurler finished with eight strikeouts in her 18th complete game of the year.
Miranda finished with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate to lead all Beaver batters.
Hollowell (20-3) finished with 11 strikeouts for Arizona and Lowe was 2-for-2 from the plate.
The Beavers visit No. 17 ranked Arizona State University on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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No. 2 Arizona - 000 000 0 - 0 5 0
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Hollowell and Balko (UA). WP - McGowan (23-2). LP - Hollowell (20-2). 2B - Miranda (OSU), Schultz (UA).