Four Batters Go Perfect in 9-1 Win over Southern Utah
Feb. 15, 2009
Henderson, Nev. – Four batters were perfect in the Oregon State softball team’s 9-1 win over Southern Utah in five innings on Sunday morning in the final day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
Senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) went 3-for-3 with three runs, RBI, stolen base and double to lead all hitters. Junior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.) went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Sophomore McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) went 2-for-2 with two runs and a stolen base, and junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) went 2-for-2 with a double and run. Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) went 1-for-1 on a double with a run and two RBI.
Oregon State took an early 2-0 lead with the Lowe sisters scoring the two runs. M. Lowe captured the first hit of the game on a single up the middle before stealing second. P. Lowe singled to centerfield advancing M. Lowe to third before scoring on an error by the centerfielder, Jenavieve Purcell. Two batters later, P. Lowe stole second before Black racked up an RBI on a double to left center.
Five hits in the second inning by the Beavers scored four runs to widen the gap to 6-0. Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) tallied the only extra base hit of the inning with a double, also picking up an RBI. P. Lowe and Black also chalked up a RBI with sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) also earning a stolen base.
After Southern Utah’s Natalie McBurney put a hit and run on the board for the Thunderbirds in the top of the third with a solo home run over left center, Oregon State responded in the bottom of the fourth with three runs behind four hits. The Beavers loaded the bases early on back-to-back hits by the Lowe sisters before Roderfeld loaded the bases on a hit by pitch. Ewing chalked up her second RBI of the game after being hit by pitch to keep the bases loaded.
Black racked up her third RBI on a single before freshman Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas) earned a hit and RBI of her own, scoring senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.), who was pinch running for Ewing to put the Beavers up 9-1 after four.
Three quick outs in the top of the fifth closed out the game in favor of the Beavers, giving junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) the complete game win. Dyer fanned three, allowing only two hits on 17 batters faced, improving her record to 3-3.
McBurney and Stephanie DeJesus earned the only hits for the Thunderbirds. And Kristina Brooks was charged with the loss after throwing 3.2 innings. Meghan Wilson came in for 0.1 innings of relief.
Oregon State heads to the Cathedral City Classic next weekend, facing Tennessee Tech and Kansas on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Oregon State 9, Southern Utah 1 (Feb 15, 2009 at Henderson, Nev.)
Southern Utah....... 001 00 - 1 2 3 (2-9)
Oregon State........ 240 3X - 9 13 1 (5-4)
Win-Dyer, Kelly(3-3) Loss-Kristina Brooks(2-9) T-1:18 A-0
HR SUU - Natalie McBurney.
Weather: Hazy w/ sun breaks; 49 degrees
Oregon State Notes – Oregon State has outhit its opponent in four games this season, winning three … Oregon State is now 8-4 all-time against Southern Utah, currently on a three-game winning streak … On the weekend, senior Paige Lowe hit .462, going 6-for-13 with a double, home run, three RBI and five runs … Oregon State’s four doubles ties the season-high for the team … The 13 hits is a season-high for the Beavers.
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