Softball Suffers Nine Inning Heartbreaker to Nevada
Feb. 12, 2010
Tempe, Ariz. – The Oregon State softball team suffered a nine inning heartbreaker to Nevada, 5-4, despite leading 2-0 at one point, in the team’s final game on Friday in the Kajikawa Classic.
The Beavers left nine runners on to Nevada’s five, while racking up eight hits to the Wolf Pack’s six.
After three scoreless innings, junior McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) started off the fourth with a double to left center just missed by a diving Sam Puzey. Freshman Lea Cavestany (Pittsburg, Calif.) followed immediately after with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners before she stole second, setting it up for sophomore Mary Claire Brenner (Portland, Ore.) to do it again for the Beavers, hitting a two-RBI single to score Lowe and Cavestany.
Sophomore pitcher Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) threw a no-hitter threw 4.1 before Danielle Patrick found a small gap in left center. Nevada followed with another single before Noelle Micka tied the game on a two-RBI double to left center, just off the glove of senior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) to tie the game at two runs all after five full.
The two teams battled through two more scoreless innings before the international tiebreaker rule was put into play, placing freshman Maggie Doremus (San Diego, Calif.) on second base with Lowe at the plate, who sacrificed bunted to advance Doremus to third. Cavestany fouled off a pitch before finding a hole through the right side to record the RBI single and give the Beavers the 3-2 advantage with one out.
Junior Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) put runners on first and second with a fielder’s choice to third base, bringing Brenner back to the plate, who advanced both runners into scoring position, but both were left going into the bottom of the eighth.
Nevada placed Chelsea Barilli on second base to start the bottom of the inning with Micka scoring her on a double down the right field line to tie the game at three all. But a double play ended the inning with the game still tied, heading into the ninth.
Senior Alana Ford (Chula Vista, Calif.) started the top of the ninth on second for Hall before advancing to third on senior Tarah Black’s (Portland, Ore.) sacrifice bunt turned bunt single as third baseman Sam Bias dove for the popped up bunt, but the ball just barely rolled out of her glove to put runners at the corners. Black caused havoc again for the Wolf Pack, taking off to steal second with pitcher Mallary Darby throwing a wild pitch to score Ford and advance Black to third with no outs.
After a play at the plate for the Beavers’ second out, sophomore Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas) reached on a fielder’s choice before she moved into scoring position on Doremus’ first hit of the season, a roller through the left side, but the inning closed with both runners still on base, giving Nevada another chance to score.
After another leadoff double scored the tying run before Kelsey Starr reached third on a ground out by Lauren Lastrapes. Starr scored the go-ahead run on Danielle Patrick’s sacrifice foul ball to right field.
Mallary Darby earned the season opening win for the Nevada, while Hall suffered her second loss of the day, falling to 0-2.
Oregon State continues play in the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday beginning with Creighton at 1:00 p.m. PT before Notre Dame at 6:00 p.m. PT. Follow the game live through GameTracker or on Twitter – OregonStateSB.
Oregon State Notes – Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner recorded her second multi-RBI game of the season; second in her career … Sophomore Paige Hall tallied a new career-high for strikeouts with 11, her previous best was six.
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