No. 16 Softball Shutout By No. 12 Washington, 2-0

April 21, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team was shutout, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon by No. 12 Washington at the OSU Softball Complex.

OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman struck out a career high 13 batters but the Huskies (29-16, 5-5) brought a pair of runs across the plate in the fourth inning to pick up the victory.

Kelly Hauxhurst opened the inning with a bunt single to break a streak of seven consecutive K's by Hoffman. Washington's Jaime Clark followed with a triple to right-center field and Hauxhurst, who appeared to be out at the plate on a tag from OSU catcher Shelly Prochaska, was ruled safe on an obstruction call. Prochaska was forced to come up the line to field the relay throw to the plate, blocking Hauxhurst's path.

'I can't even believe that an obstruction call was made,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It's just unheard of in a bang-bang play at the plate. Any time you make a great play and there is a bad call, it's definitely a momentum killer.'

Clark scored what proved to be the final run of the game moments later, after a wild pitch by Hoffman escaped the glove of Prochaska.

The Beavers (34-16-1, 3-5) failed to get anything going offensively for most of the afternoon and had their best chances of putting some runs on the board after back-to-back one-out singles by Michelle Chariton and Brooke Rutschman in the sixth inning.

UW pitcher Tia Bollinger squelched the OSU rally however, by striking out Brynnen Guthrie and forcing Shawna Feldt to ground out to end the inning.

Feldt had Oregon State's only other hit with a single to centerfield in the fourth. Hoffman picked up the loss to fall to 11-8 on the season.

'Monica stayed ahead in the count and threw some good pitches,' said Walker. 'Besides the pitches to Clark, she did a really nice job against the rest of their lineup.'

The Beavers look to even things up Sunday, as both teams square off again at 1 p.m.

Washington - 000 200 0 - 2 6 0
Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Bollinger and Hanson (UW). WP - Bollinger (26-4), LP - Hoffman (11-8). 3B - Clark (UW). SB - Rosenblad (UW).

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