Brianne McGowan Strikes Out 16 And No. 6 Softball Belts Three Home Runs To Roll Past Wisconsin, 8-2, In NCAA Regional Tournament

May 21, 2005

MADISON, Wisc. - No. 6 ranked Oregon State's offense came alive on Saturday afternoon as the Beavers pounded 11 hits, including three home runs, and sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan broke the school record with a career-high 16 strikeouts as OSU rolled past host University of Wisconsin by an 8-2 margin in Saturday's NCAA Softball Regional Tournament action.

The Beavers (41-15) held the momentum from the start. Sophomore shortstop Mia Longfellow put OSU in front from the get-go when she belted her first triple of the season with a shot to the right-center field fence and eventually scored when the Wisconsin second baseman's throw sailed into the dugout.

OSU added two more runs in the frame behind a trio of singles from Vanessa Iapala, Lisa Allen and Cambria Miranda.

Kelly Petersen pushed the score to 4-0 in the top of the second when she belted her seventh home run of the season with a straight-away shot that sailed over the 225-mark in center field.

The Badgers answered in the bottom of the second when designated player Ricci Robben hit a two-out two-run home run to left-center field, pulling UW within 4-2.

Back-to-back home runs from Iapala and Allen in the top of the third continued the OSU hitting barrage. Iapala lined her fourth home run of the year over the left field fence, knocking Wisconsin starter Eden Brock from the circle. The dinger also marked Iapala's 98th career RBI. Allen followed with her 11th homer of the year with an opposite field shot off UW reliever Katie Layne. The Beavers made the score 7-2 when starting center fielder Natalie Johnson ripped a two-out RBI double down the left field line to score Adrienne Alo.

Miranda ripped a fifth inning lead-off double to the left-center field gap and eventually crossed the plate, extending the Beavers' advantage to 8-2.

McGowan continued her postseason dominance in the circle. The Reno, NV native struck out a pair of Wisconsin batters in every inning and struck out the side in both the sixth and seventh innings en-route to breaking the school record. In her two tournament appearances, McGowan has struck out 28 batters, raising her single season total to 321.

Longfellow, Iapala, Allen, and Miranda had two hits each.

With the victory, the Beavers knock the Badgers out of the tournament and OSU meets Wisconsin-Green Bay immediately. The winner will advance to Sunday's 9 a.m. PDT championship against DePaul University.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 6 Oregon State - 313 010 0 - 8 11 0
Wisconsin-Green Bay - 020 000 0 - 2 6 2
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Brock, Layne (3) and Gillette (UW). WP - McGowan (34-9). LP - Brock (20-11). HR - Petersen (OSU), Iapala (OSU), Allen (OSU), Robben (UW). 3B - Longfellow (OSU). 2B - Johnson (OSU), Miranda (OSU).

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