Lowe Leads Softball to Defensive School Record; Beavers Win Pair 4-1 Games

Feb. 19, 2009

 

 

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Cathedral City, Calif. – Senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) led the Oregon State softball team to setting a new school record for double plays, turning four against Kansas, and boosting the Beavers to identical 4-1 wins over Tennessee Tech and the Jayhawks on Friday in the opening day of the Cathedral City Classic.

 

Lowe had her hand in all four double plays against Kansas, while adding another against the Golden Eagles to end the day with nine putouts and five assists.

 

Offensively, freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) not only recorded her first hit of the season, but led the team with a 3-for-4 performance, adding a pair of RBI. Junior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.) wasn’t far behind, going 2-for-3 against Tennessee Tech with a double, run and RBI. Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) led the team in RBI with five.

 

Roderfeld broke the scoreless game in the bottom of the third with a leadoff, full count solo home run over left field. The rest of the team followed suit with senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picking up a single with freshman Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alberta) pinch running. Luchanski advanced on a sacrifice fly before Black ripped a double down the left field line.

 

Oregon State picked up another run on Sanchez’s RBI single to left field, giving the Beavers a 3-0 lead after four full.

 

Kansas put an unearned run on the board in the top of the fifth, but Oregon State answered right back, starting with a leadoff walk by Lowe. Roderfeld advanced Lowe to third on her single to right field before Ewing picked up the RBI on a sacrifice fly to centerfield, giving the Beavers the three run advantage again.

 

Freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) recorded the win, improving her record to 3-1, after throwing six full innings and facing one batter in the seventh. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) chalked up her second save of the season, pitching a double play ground ball on the first at bat.

 

Kansas’ designated player Allie Clark had the only multi-hit game for the Jayhawks, going 2-for-3, while Liz Kocon batted a perfect 1-for-1 with one run. Pitcher Val George threw four innings giving up all four earned runs on five hits, and she was charged with the loss, making her record 3-4.

 

The Beavers tallied four runs behind seven hits and a walk in the team’s first win of the day over Tennessee Tech.

 

Freshman Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas) nabbed her first extra base hit of the season, third overall, on a triple down that fell just fair down the left field line. One batter later, Sanchez earned her first RBI on the season, scoring Chandler, on a sacrifice fly to left field.

 

Oregon State scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a one-out walk by Roderfeld. Roderfeld advanced a couple of bases on a passed ball and wild pitch before Ewing drove her home on a double. In to pinch run for Ewing, senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.) advanced to third on a wild pitch before senior DeAnn Young (Camarillo, Calif.) hit a double of her own to score Hatton, giving Oregon State a 3-0 advantage.

 

Tennessee Tech scored a run in the top of the sixth on a two-out single by Whitney Cummings. But Luchanski gave the Beavers the three-run edge again in the bottom of the inning, pinch running for Young, who reached on a single, on junior Alana Ford’s (Chula Vista, Calif.) second RBI of the season. A quick three outs in the top of the seventh secured the win for Oregon State.

 

Dyer chalked up the complete game win, improving her record to 4-3, throwing three strikeouts.

 

The Golden Eagles’ Holly Thomas was charged with the loss after pitching 5.0 innings, making her overall record 2-3.

 

Oregon State takes on No. 12 Northwestern next on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

 

Oregon State Notes – Freshman Nikki Chandler hit the team’s second triple of the season; her third hit overall … Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her second home run of the season, 10th career … Senior Paige Lowe’s five double plays this season puts her at 41 total career, tied for third best all-time … This year marks the second Oregon State has started 2-0 at the Cathedral City Classic, first time since 2006 … Oregon State is now 1-0 against Tennessee Tech, 6-0 against Kansas.

 

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