Softball Splits A Pair Of Games In Hedrick's Hallowell Classic

March 9, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 15 ranked Oregon State softball team sped past Colorado State, 14-3, and lost a nine-inning thriller against Cal Poly, 3-2, in Friday's opening day of the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic.

With the split, the Beavers improve to 19-8-1 on the season.

Despite inconsistency on offense in the opening game of the day against Colorado State, OSU pounded 12 hits in the contest and capitalized on six CSU errors. Pitcher Monica Hoffman picked up the win to improve her record to 6-4 on the season.

'Offensively we did a good job throughout some parts of the game,' commented OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We were helped by a lot of Colorado State errors.'

Senior Brooke Rutschman doubled and scored a pair of runs for Oregon State while teammate Jessica King had two doubles in the game. Sophomore Steph Adams belted a pair of RBI in the contest.

Against Cal Poly, both teams took a scoreless tie into the eighth inning. With the International tie-breaker rule in place, the Beavers took a 1-0 lead after a sacrifice fly from senior Shawna Feldt. Cal Poly answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie things up headed into the ninth.

OSU added another run in the ninth but the Mustangs took advantage of a throwing error by third baseman Clare Burnum to knot the score 2-2. With a runner on second base, sophomore Holly Ballard doubled to give Cal Poly the victory.

'It was our goal to be more focused and intense in the second game,' said Walker. 'We just didn't get the timely hitting. It is a tough situation going into the International tie-breaker - the home-team definitely has an advantage.'

Rutschman finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI and hit her second double of the day while Shelly Prochaska went 2-for-3 and scored a run. Steph Adams finished 1-for-3 with a sacrifice.

'It was a disappointing game but a better mental and intensity output heading into our games tomorrow,' said Walker.

Junior Crystal Draper suffered her fourth loss of the season (11-4).

'Crystal pitched a good game,' said Walker. 'She definitely pitched well enough to win.'

Oregon State will return to action Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. game against tournament host Fresno State. The Beavers will face No. 1 ranked UCLA at 7 p.m.

Oregon State - 500 103 5 - 14 12 2
Colorado State - 000 101 1 - 3 6 6
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Murray and Orozco (CS). WP - Hoffman (6-4), LP - Murray. 2B - Schmellon (CSU), Rutschman (OSU), King, 2 (OSU).

Oregon State - 000 000 011 - 2 6 2
Cal Poly - 000 000 012 - 3 6 0
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Blankenbecler and Schubert (CP). WP - Blankenbecler, LP - Draper (11-4). 2B - Rutschman (OSU), Dansby (CP), Ballard (CP), Haley (CP).