Lisa Allen Belts Game-Winning Grand Slam As No. 8 Softball Shocks No. 2 Arizona, 4-0
May. 1, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior catcher Lisa Allen belted a bases loaded two-out full-count pitch over the centerfield fence for her first career grand slam and Brianne McGowan amassed a career-high 12 strikeouts as the No. 8 ranked Oregon State softball team stunned No. 2 ranked University of Arizona, 4-0, in front of 948 fans in Sunday's home finale.
The Beavers (38-10; 11-4 Pac-10) won the season series against the Wildcats (34-8; 8-6 Pac-10) for the first time in program history and earned their first victory against Arizona in Corvallis since 1989.
Oregon State continues to sit alone atop the Pac-10 standings and Sunday's record-setting victory secured the Beavers their first ever winning record in conference play.
The game shaped up to be a pitcher's dual from the start between McGowan (31-5) and Arizona's Leslie Wolfe.
Caitlin Lowe started the game with a bunt single, but McGowan struck out the next four batters she faced and retired 14 straight until back-to-back Arizona hits in the fifth inning. Unfazed, McGowan ended the UA threat with her ninth strikeout of the game.
Both teams made several spectacular plays defensively. The Beavers hit the ball hard against Wolfe but the Arizona defense played flawless behind her.
The Wildcats threatened again in the top of the sixth when the first two batters slapped singles, but McGowan forced Kristie Fox to pop-up and then fanned back-to-back Arizona power hitters to keep the game scoreless.
Freshman Cambria Miranda roped a one-out single down the left field line to start the Beaver rally in the bottom of the sixth. Shortstop Mia Longfellow followed with a sacrifice bunt against Arizona reliever Alicia Hollowell (23-7), but Hollowell's throw to first base sailed long, allowing Longfellow to reach second and pinch runner Maggie DeWall to advance to third. After intentionally walking Vanessa Iapala, Hollowell forced a bases loaded groundout bringing Allen to the plate with two down.
Allen's dramatic game-winning grand slam marked her 10th home run of the season and secured the victory for the Beavers.
McGowan retired the side in order in the seventh en route to her school record 31st victory as well as her 27th complete game.
Allen finished with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate and all four RBI.
'This was a great way to finish out our home season,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was the perfect game for our seniors to go out on top.'
Oregon State travels to the Bay Area for a 3 p.m. showdown against No. 3 ranked California on Friday. The Beavers are looking to take the series from the Golden Bears for the first time since 2001.
No. 2 Arizona - 000 000 0 - 0 5 1
No. 8 Oregon State - 000 004 x - 4 4 0
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Wolfe, Hollowell (6) and Coburn (UA). WP - McGowan (31-5). LP - Hollowell (23-7). HR - Allen (OSU).
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