Draper Throws Perfect Game As Softball Wins Two
March 11, 2001
FRESNO, Calif. - Crystal Draper threw a perfect game against New Mexico State in the morning and then came back to earn the save in a win over No. 11 DePaul as the 14th-ranked Oregon State softball team picked up two victories on the final day of the Hedrick's Hallowell Chevrolet Classic.
The Beavers defeated New Mexico State, 2-0, before edging out DePaul, 1-0.
Draper, who struck out six batters in the win over the Aggies, threw the second no-hitter and first perfect game of her college career to improve to 12-5 on the year. She becomes only the second Beaver to throw two no-hitters for OSU, as Joan Harvey threw two back in 1984.
'It was really exciting for Crystal to come out and get a `W' and throw a perfect game, especially after throwing two good games earlier in the weekend and not coming out with a victory,' coach Kirk Walker said. 'Shelly Prochaska did a nice job of mixing and calling the plays, and Clare Burnum and Shawna Feldt made some great defensive plays to support Crystal.'
The Beaver offense waited until the seventh inning to get on the scoreboard, though. NMSU pitcher Judy Blok held OSU to just two hits until the final frame, when the Beavers came through with three hits. Steph Adams picked up a one-out single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Burnum. Traci Feldt drove in Adams with a single to right center, and Shannon Sorg came into run for Feldt. Sorg scored later scored on a base hit by Michelle Notaro.
The pitchers dominated in the game with DePaul as well. Monica Hoffman threw five innings with four hits to pick up her seventh win of the season, while Draper pitched two perfect innings of relief ball.
This time the Beavers scored early, bringing the only run of the game across the plate in the first inning. Shawna Feldt led off with a base hit and went to second after Brooke Rutschman's sacrifice bunt. Feldt later scored on Adam's RBI single to left field.
'We came out and took care of our opportunities early when Steph came through with the big RBI in the first. But that's about all we did offensively,' Walker said. 'We had a few more scattered hits, and Traci Feldt hit the ball well, but I'm disappointed offensively that we weren't putting more runs on the board or runners on the base paths.
'Monica did a nice job and she kept their offense at bay, but we didn't score enough runs to give her any breathing room, so we brought Crystal in in the sixth inning,' said Walker.
OSU finished the tournament with a 3-3 record and is now 21-10-1 on the season.
Game OneOregon State 000 000 2 - 2 5 0New Mexico State 000 000 0 - 0 0 1Draper and Prochaska. Block and Nobles. WP- Draper (12-5). LP- Blok (5-5).
Game TwoDePaul 000 000 0 - 0 4 0Oregon State 100 000 x - 1 6 0Martz and Ramacci. Hoffman, Draper (6) and Feldt. WP- Hoffman (7-5). LP- Martz (6-2). Save- Draper (1).