No. 15 Ranked Softball Wins New Mexico State Tournament

March 25, 2001

LAS CRUCES, NM - The No. 15 ranked Oregon State softball team finished the New Mexico State Tournament with a perfect 6-0 record after knocking off Tulsa, 5-1 and Texas-San Antonio, 6-4 on Sunday.

The Beavers earned their first tournament title of the season and improved their overall record to 27-10-1 with a streak of eight consecutive victories.

'It's great to go undefeated and win all six tournament games,' commented OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We did a good job of not over-looking any of our opponents, especially today, having beaten both of these teams already in the tournament.'

OSU utilized solid hitting in the first game of the day to record the victory against Tulsa. The Beavers pounded 11 hits and five different player knocked in a run en route to the 5-1 win.

Oregon State got on the board early as senior Shawna Feldt tripled in the Beavers' first at bat. Junior Michelle Chariton followed with a single to centerfield to give OSU the early 1-0 lead.

A second inning leadoff homerun by sophomore Danielle Olsen knotted the score at 1-1 and would be the only run tallied by the Golden Hurricanes.

Shannon Sorg's single in the bottom half of the inning scored Clare Burnum and put the Beavers in front for the remainder of the game.

Shawna Feldt went 3-for-4 in the game with a double, triple and two runs scored while Sorg finished hitting 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Pinch hitter Brynnen Guthrie continued to hit well since making her return to the lineup on Friday. Guthrie went 2-for-2 on the afternoon and scored a run.

Freshman pitcher Monica Hoffman earned the victory after relieving Crystal Draper in the third inning and upped her record to 10-5 on the year.

In the afternoon contest against Texas-San Antonio, OSU scored five runs in the opening two innings to offset a 3-run first inning by the Roadrunners.

Eight different Beavers combined for 10 hits in the contest and Draper picked up her 15th win of the season (15-5) after relieving freshman Kaitlin Wilson in the second inning.

Junior Traci Feldt continued her hot-hitting with a 2-for-3 effort including a double and a pair of runs scored while Guthrie went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

'We had great offensive success throughout the day and weekend from both Shawna Feldt and Traci Feldt, as well as Shelly Prochaska,' said Walker. 'Brynnen Guthrie was also offensively successful and inspirational in her first action since her reconstructive shoulder surgery.'

OSU placed four players on the All-Tournament team, with Hoffman, Prochaska, Shawna Feldt and Traci Feldt being honored for their performances on the weekend.

Oregon State will continue its road travels with a double-header at Sacramento State on Tuesday. Game-one begins a 1 p.m.

'We will hopefully have some good games on Tuesday and Wednesday to help us tune-up and get ready for the Arizona schools,' added Walker.

Tulsa - 010 000 0 - 1 5 1
Oregon State - 110 021 x - 5 11 1
Draper, Hoffman (2), and Prochaska (OSU), VanHuss and Messman (T). WP - Hoffman (10-5), LP - VanHuss. HR - Olsen (T). 3B - S. Feldt (OSU). 2B - S. Feldt, (OSU).

Oregon State - 230 000 1 - 6 10 0
Texas-San Antonio - 300 000 1 - 4 6 3
Wilson, Draper (2) and T. Feldt (OSU), Herrington, Whitley (3) and Ormsby (TSA). WP - Draper (15-5), LP - Herrington. HR - Aman. 2B - T. Feldt (OSU), Guthrie (OSU), Oswald (TSA), Casiano (TSA).

Traci Feldt (Oregon State)
Shawna Feldt (Oregon State)
Shelly Prochaska (Oregon State)
Monica Hoffman (Oregon State)
Kari Curtis (Tulsa)
Danielle Olsen (Tulsa)
Judy Blok (New Mexico State)
Heather Nobbe (New Mexico State)
Ryin Adams (New Mexico State)
Ashley Oswald (UTSA)
Michelle McElyea (UTSA)

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