Oregon State Hands California a 4-3 Loss
March 31, 2007
Corvallis - The No. 16-ranked Oregon State Beavers handed the California Golden Bears their fifth straight loss with a 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.
Cal (23-18, 0-2 Pac-10) concludes its two-game series versus Oregon State tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. This is the first time since 2001 that Cal has started conference play 0-2.
The Bears had a positive start to the contest as Gina Leomiti blasted a three-run home run in the top of the first inning giving Cal a 3-0 lead over the host Beavers. Alex Sutton was able to lead off the inning by reaching base safely after an infield miscue by OSU short stop Mia Longfellow. Erika Racklin then followed with an infield single, which allowed Sutton to move to second. After Christina Schallig reached on a fielder's choice (Sutton out on the play), Leomiti delivered her second home run of the season, giving the Bears the early advantage.
Oregon State however responded in the bottom half of the frame with three runs of its own to even the score at 3-3. Cambria Miranda provided the key hit for the Beavers as her double off of Marissa Drewrey scored two runs. Brianne McGowan then followed with a single to plate Miranda to complete the comeback.
Neither team could generate much offense from that point on as Cal mustered just one hit over the next five innings.
The game took a turn in the bottom of the sixth inning when Oregon State catcher Stephanie Ewing connected on a two-out single through the left side off of Brittany LaRosa. Ewing then advanced to third base after DeAnn Young aired a single into shallow right field. Three pitches later, Ewing crossed the plate to score what ended up being the game-winner when LaRosa threw a wild pitch which sailed to the backstop.
Cal nearly had a two-out rally in the top of the seventh inning with two runners on base, but Morgan Siegel flied out to left field to end the game.
The Bears had five hits in the contest. LaRosa took the loss to fall to 4-6 on the season. Drewrey got the no decision after allowing three runs on three hits.