Adrienne Alo's 9th Inning Home Run Leads No. 7 Softball Past No. 4 Stanford, 1-0
May 7, 2005
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Junior outfielder Adrienne Alo lined her 13th home run of the season over the centerfield fence in the ninth inning to give the No. 7 ranked Oregon State softball team a 1-0 victory over No. 4 ranked Stanford University on Saturday afternoon.
The victory broke a six-game losing streak for the Beavers (40-10; 13-4 Pac-10) against the Cardinal (38-12; 11-6 Pac-10) and helped Oregon State cushion its first place lead in the Pac-10 standings. If the Beavers win Sunday's series finale against Stanford, OSU will clinch its first ever Pac-10 title.
The game worked out to be a pitcher's dual from the get-go between Cardinal ace Becky McCullough (17-4) and Beaver ace Brianne McGowan (33-5).
Stanford had a third inning lead-off double by Meghan Sickler go to waste, as McGowan struck out back-to-back batters and forced a groundout to second baseman Kelly Petersen to keep the game scoreless.
The Beavers had an opportunity to get on the board in the top of the fourth after back-to-back singles from Mia Longfellow and Vanessa Iapala. Catcher Lisa Allen was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, but McCullough forced a pop-up and groundout to end the threat.
Longfellow broke the Oregon State school single season and career record for stolen bases, when she picked up her 17th steal of the year and the 33rd of her career in the fourth inning.
The Beaver defense continued to impress as Longfellow made a diving snag of a ball hit up the middle by Stanford freshman sensation Michelle Smith in the bottom of the sixth and the Cardinal eventually left its fifth runner stranded on base.
The game remained scoreless heading into the ninth inning when Alo's one-out shot sailed over the fence. Four of Alo's seven hits during conference games have been home runs and the Carson, CA, native moved into second place on the OSU single season charts with 13 long balls on the year.
McGowan closed out the contest for her 29th complete game of the season and recorded her 10th shutout. She struck out nine batters to raise her single season strikeout total to 178 - just nine shy of the Oregon State record.
Allen finished with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate and a double, while Iapala went 2-for-4 to lead Oregon State's efforts.
The Beavers earned their sixth 40-win season in the past seven years.
Oregon State and Stanford close out the regular season series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 7 Oregon State - 000 000 001 - 1 6 0
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McGowan and Allen (OSU), McCullough and Nelson (STAN). WP - McGowan (33-5). LP - McCullough (17-4). 2B - Sickler, 2 (STAN), Rinehart (STAN), Allen (OSU). HR - Alo (OSU).