No. 16 Softball Rallies Past No. 12 Washington, 8-3

April 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State rallied to score five runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding lead and fend off Washington, 8-3 in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference softball game.

The No. 16 ranked Beavers improve to 35-16-1 on the season and 4-5 in the Pac-10 while the No. 12 Huskies fall to 29-17 and 5-6 in conference action.

OSU started things off with a run in the first inning when Michelle Chariton hit a one-out single. Clare Burnum followed with a single to right field which plated Chariton who had stolen second base to get into scoring position.

Junior pitcher Crystal Draper kept the Huskies guessing all afternoon, allowing just two hits.

'Crystal did a nice job today,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'She gave up some hard-hit balls but our defense made some nice plays.'

Washington scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Sophomore Amy Hanson recorded a leadoff walk and pinch runner Nicole Wicks was able to reach third when OSU's Steph Adams had a throw glance off the top of her glove which allowed Rita Roach to reach base.

After Roach stole second base, Becky Simpson followed with a 2-RBI triple to right-center field. The next batter, Kelly Hauxhurst, grounded out to second base and Simpson scored on the play.

Oregon State rallied back in the fourth, scoring five runs on three hits and taking advantage of a Husky error as all nine Beavers batted in the inning.

Back-to-back walks by Shelly Prochaska and Brynnen Guthrie helped start the charge. Adams' sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, setting up an RBI single by catcher Traci Feldt. Guthrie was picked off rounding third base on a heads up defensive play by Washington shortstop Jaime Clark for the second out of the inning.

Cara Maxey singled to right field and senior Brooke Rutschman drew a two-out walk to load the bases and knock UW pitcher Shannon Walsh out of the game.

Chariton followed with a hard grounder to second base that was bobbled allowing a pair of runs to score. Chariton earned her second swipe of the game to get into scoring position and Burnum belted a double to knock in both she and Rutschman.

'We had the pressure on them and the momentum going,' said Walker. 'She (Burnum) put the nail in the coffin and that's what you have to do in this conference - the teams are too good and the game's going to come down to the wire.'

The Beavers added two more runs in the sixth when Shawna Feldt doubled to knock in Maxey and Rutschman who had singled and doubled, respectively.

Oregon State pounded 10 hits in the contest with seven different batters getting in on the action. Rutschman finished the day 2-for-3 from the plate with a double and two runs scored while Maxey went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Burnum finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

'Overall, all weekend I thought we did a great job offensively of having quality at bats,' commented Walker.

The Beavers return to action on Tuesday with a single-game Civil War showdown against Oregon. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.

Washington - 003 000 0 - 3 1 1
Oregon State - 100 502 x - 8 10 2
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Walsh (3.2), Bollinger (3), Owen (6) and Hanson (UW). WP - Draper (21-8), LP - Walsh (3-12). 2B - Rutschman (OSU), Burnum (OSU), S. Feldt (OSU). 3B - Simpson (UW). SB - Roach (UW), Rutschman (OSU), Chariton 2 (OSU).

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