Softball Comes Up Short against No. 13 Houston
Feb. 8, 2009
Cathedral City, Calif. – The Oregon State softball team had four extra base hits of the five total, but came up short against the No. 13 Houston Cougars, 12-4, on Sunday morning in the team’s final game of the Cathedral City Kickoff.
Oregon State (2-2) had three doubles and a home run with junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) going 2-for-3, but the team struggled on the defensive end.
Oregon State found itself down 3-0 after the first half inning before sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) hit her first double of the season in the first inning with two outs on the board. Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) followed her with her second double of the season, scoring Guzy to cut the lead to 3-1 after one full.
Chisholm tallied a double of her own in the bottom of the third to lead off the Beaver offense, nearly stretching it into a triple. A sacrifice hit by sophomore McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) advanced Chisholm to third, but she was left stranded as the inning closed with the Beavers still trailing 5-1.
A big fourth inning boosted the Cougars over the Beavers, nearly threatening to end the game after five innings. But after Chisholm led off the fifth inning with an infield single, M. Lowe reached on a sacrifice attempt, turned error on first baseman Jennifer Klinkert to put two runners on. Both runners advanced to scoring position on a passed ball, setting up an RBI opportunity for Roderfeld, who scored Chisholm.
Ewing cleared the bases and chalked a pair of runs on the board with her first home run of the season over the left field fence to cut the lead to six after five. But a solo shot by Christa Raley gave Houston the eight-run advantage, adding another run in the top of the seventh that would stick for the final.
Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) was charged with the loss after pitching three innings, making her record 1-2. Freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) also made an appearance, pitching the other four innings.
Houston’s Klinkert led the Cougar offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and a run. Pitcher Amanda Crabtree picked up the complete game win, improving to 2-1.
Oregon State heads to Las Vegas, Nev., next weekend for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Beavers will face Cal State Fullerton first on Friday, Feb. 13, at 9:00 a.m.
Houston 12, Oregon State 4 (Feb 8, 2009 at Cathedral City, CA)
Houston............. 320 411 1 - 12 13 2 (3-1)
Oregon State........ 100 030 0 - 4 5 5 (2-2)
Pitchers: Houston - CRABTREE, Amanda. Oregon State - Dyer, Kelly; Hall, Paige(4).
Win-CRABTREE, Amanda(2-1) Loss-Dyer, Kelly(1-2) T-2:25 A-297
HR HOU - RALEY, Christa.
HR OSU - Ewing, Stefanie.
Weather: Mostly Sunny
Hall faced 1 batter in the 6th.
Oregon State Notes – Senior Stefanie Ewing hit her first home run of the season; ninth career.
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