No. 8 Softball Shuts Out Portland State In A Pair Of Games
April 27, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three different players hit home runs and the pitching staff allowed just three hits on the day as the No. 8 ranked Oregon State softball team swept a non-conference double-header with Portland State University on Wednesday at the OSU Softball Complex.
The Beavers (37-8) were victorious in a pair shutouts, earning a 2-0 decision in the opener against the Vikings (14-26) before recording a 7-0 edge in the nightcap.
A pair of Beavers had record setting performances on the day as sophomore Brianne McGowan (30-4) became the first pitcher in Oregon State history to earn 30 wins in a single season and sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow matched the school all-time record for stolen bases with 32.
Junior catcher Lisa Allen opened the scoring on the day when she blasted her ninth home run of the season with a shot over the straightaway center field fence to give the Beavers a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
Longfellow's two stolen bases in the bottom of the third inning helped her tie the school all-time mark of 32, and also tied her own single season record of 16.
Viking catcher Rose Rutledge broke-up McGowan's perfect game when she tallied a two-out single in the top of the fourth. McGowan responded by striking out the next five PSU batters she faced.
McGowan recorded nine strikeouts, raising her single season total to 245 - tied for second place in the OSU record book. The Reno, NV, product allowed just one hit for the third time this season and recorded her 25th complete game of the year.
DeWall continued her hot-hitting against her old school, giving the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the second game when she sent a 2-RBI double to left field in the bottom of the second.
The Beavers broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on five hits, including home runs over the left field fence by junior outfielder Ingrid Lochelt and senior second baseman Kelly Petersen.
McElroy (4-2) earned the start in the second game and maintained her strangle-hold over the PSU batters, allowing just one hit over the first five innings.
McElroy had four strikeouts in six innings of work before Amy Klever entered the game in the seventh inning and retired the Viking side in order.
DeWall went 3-for-4 in the nightcap and finished her four games against Portland State with a 10-for-13 mark from the plate.
Oregon State, winners of eight straight, enters its final home weekend of action with a 3 p.m. game on Friday against Arizona State University.
Portland State - 000 000 0 - 0 1 0
No. 8 Oregon State - 010 100 x - 2 5 1
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Hext and Rutledge (PSU). WP - McGowan (30-4). LP - Hext (6-9). HR - Allen (OSU).
Portland State - 000 000 0 - 0 2 3
No. 8 Oregon State - 020 410 x - 7 9 1
McElroy, Klever (7) and Allen (OSU), Hill, Holm (4) and Rutledge (PSU). WP - McElroy (4-2). LP - Hill (4-5). HR - Lochelt (OSU), Petersen (OSU). 2B - DeWall (OSU), Gibson (PSU).