No. 14 Softball Drops A Pair To Top-Ranked Arizona

April 27, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team was swept by top-ranked Arizona, 1-0 and 7-1 in Friday's Pac-10 Conference double-header.

The Beavers fall to 36-18-1 on the season and 5-7 in the Pac-10 while the Wildcats improve to 49-4 overall and 11-2 in conference action.

Game-one was a pitchers dual as both Arizona's Jennie Finch and OSU's Crystal Draper were in control of the game.

The only run came in the fifth inning when Arizona took advantage of a pair of hits.Kim Balken led off the inning with a bloop single to centerfield, just the third hit for Arizona and first to leave the infield. In an attempt to advance the runner, Lauren Bauer reached on a fielder's choice as her slap was fielded by shortstop Shawna Feldt who threw Balken out at second.

Bauer proceeded to steal second base to move into scoring position. Nicole Giordano grounded out to Feldt to bring Toni Mascarenas to the plate with two-down.

Mascarenas hit a high chopper over Shelly Prochaska's head at third base to score Bauer who was running on the play.

Finch retired the Beavers in order in the sixth and seventh to close out the game and improve her record to 22-0 on the season.

Draper allowed just five hits for OSU but Finch gave up only two, as Prochaska and Brynnen Guthrie each singled for the Beavers.

'Crystal pitched a nice ball game,' commented OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was a tough play that gave up the run. Although it was a hit, it wasn't a very clean hit and that's tough to lose a game on.'

In the second game, Oregon State struggled to get anything going offensively against UA hurler Becky Lemke.

The Beavers got on the board first with an unearned run in the opening inning when Brooke Rutschman tagged up to score on a sacrifice fly to deep left field by fellow senior Shawna Feldt.

The Wildcats answered with a run in the second when OSU pitcher Monica Hoffman struggled with control problems. With two outs, Hoffman hit Balken with a pitch and then walked two straight to load the bases and set up an RBI single to right field by Bauer. Giordano followed with a groundout to Steph Adams to end the inning.

Arizona broke things open in the third when the Wildcats utilized three hits and a pair of walks to score three runs. Leneah Manuma's solo home run to right-center field started the rally and was Arizona's 102nd homer of the season.

OSU threatened in the fifth, getting back-to-back hits for the first time all day when Rutschman and Michelle Chariton each singled but Lemke forced Clare Burnum to ground out to end the inning.

'Offensively I felt like we were really inconsistent,' said Walker.

The Wildcats pounded 10 hits in the game compared to the Beavers' six.

Rutschman went 2-for-3 with a run scored and pinch hitter Michelle Notaro belted a double for OSU.

Oregon State continues its Arizona road swing with a 7 p.m. game at Arizona State on Saturday.

Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
Arizona - 000 010 x - 1 5 0
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Finch and Collins (UA). LP - Draper (22-9), WP - Finch (22-0). 2B - Vandergeest (UA). SB - Bauer, 2 (UA), Mascarenas (UA).

Arizona - 013 012 0 - 7 10 1
Oregon State - 100 000 0 - 1 6 1
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Lemke and Vandergeest (UA). WP - Lemke (15-2), LP - Hoffman (11-9). 2B - Notaro (OSU), Manuma (UA), Balken (UA). HR - Manuma (UA). SB - Giordano (UA).

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