Softball Squeaks Past Oregon, 4-3

April 24, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Steph Adams' two-out seventh inning solo homerun lifted the No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team past in-state rival Oregon, 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.

With the victory the Beavers improve to 36-16-1 on the season and 5-5 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Ducks fall to 25-30 overall and 1-11 in conference action.

Oregon jumped in front early with a pair of runs in the first inning when Lisa Wangler and Alyssa Laux, who had each reached base on singles, were knocked in by Missy Coe's two-out single up the middle.

The lead was short-lived however, as the Beavers tallied three runs of their own in their half of the first.

Senior Brooke Rutschman led off the inning with a double and Clare Burnum walked to put runners on first and second. Senior Shawna Feldt followed with a three-run blast over the right field fence to give OSU the lead.

The homerun was Feldt's third of the season and the first-ever in the OSU Softball Complex.

The Ducks added a run in the third to knot the score at 3-3.

Wangler reached on an error to start the inning and then stole second base. Lynsey Haij's sacrifice bunt advanced Wangler to third and Laux's single allowed Wangler to score and forced a pitching change as the Crystal Draper entered the game for the Beavers. Draper struck out Andrea Vidlund to end the inning.

Both pitchers went to work over the next three innings shutting batters down until Oregon threatened in the sixth after Missy Coe reached on a one-out single. Pinch runner Anissa Meashintubby advanced to second on an errant pick-off attempt and Triawn Custer followed with a bloop double to left field that put runners on second and third with just one down.Janell Bergstrom followed with a squeeze attempt but Meashintubby was caught in a run-down and tagged out by Shawna Feldt. The following batter, Kate Peterson, flied out to left to end the inning.

Adams hit the game-winning shot over the left-centerfield fence on a full count pitch.

'Steph had a great at-bat,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was definitely one of our better at-bats throughout the whole game.'

The Beavers were held to just four hits in the contest compared to Oregon's six.

Draper earned the victory to improve to 22-8 on the season.

'Crystal did a nice job of staying composed when we made a few mistakes behind her,' commented Walker. 'She got some big outs and really kept them from generating anything productive.'

Oregon State hits the road this weekend for three games in the Grand Canyon State. The Beavers open action against No. 2 Arizona at 7 p.m. Friday.

Oregon - 201 000 0 - 3 6 0
Oregon State - 300 000 1 - 4 4 3
Hoffman, Draper (3) and T. Feldt (OSU), McMurren and Coe (UO). WP - Draper (22-8), LP - McMurren (8-14). 2B - Rutschman (OSU), Custer (UO). HR - S. Feldt (OSU), Adams (OSU). SB - Laux (UO).