Softball Stunned By No. 4 Seed South Florida, 2-1

May 17, 2001

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 14 ranked Oregon State softball team was stunned by South Florida, 2-1, in the opening round of Thursday's NCAA Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, AL.

University of South Florida took full advantage of its opportunities when runners reached base.

The Bulls got on the board first in the second inning when Cindy Turek's lead off double sailed over the head of senior Brooke Rutschman in center field. Priscilla Smith followed with a one-out single to left that knocked in Turek and put the Bulls in front for good.

USF scored what proved to be the winning run in the fourth frame when back-to-back singles by Ginny Georgantas and Smith put runners at second and third after a Beaver error in an attempt to tag Georgantas out at third. Stephanie Roberts followed with a hard grounder to Shawna Feldt at shortstop. After knocking the ball down, Feldt dove and tagged out Smith at second for the third out of the inning but Georgantas was running on the play and scored before the out was made.

OSU struggled from the start on the offensive end, putting just three runners on base until Rutschman's one-out slap single to left field broke-up USF pitcher Jessica Kowal's no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Feldt added a two-out single in the sixth to give the Beavers their first pair of runners on base in the same inning, but cleanup hitter Shelly Prochaska's fly ball to deep centerfield ended the rally.

Oregon State scored its lone run in the bottom half of the seventh. Sophomore Steph Adams led off the inning with a single and then advanced to third on a pair of USF throwing errors.

Catcher Traci Feldt followed with a groundout to the right side that scored Jessica King, who had entered the game as a pinch runner for Adams.

The Beaver comeback bid was cut short however, after pinch hitter Clare Burnum flied out to right and Cara Maxey grounded out to second.

'I'm disappointed by the outcome but we did a nice job in the second half,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We were more competitive and played more of our style but just got a little too far behind.'

OSU hurler Crystal Draper allowed just five hits in the contest and struck out two but recorded the loss to fall to 28-11 on the year.

South Florida's run in the second inning, was the first scored against the Beavers in 27 innings, dating back to OSU's 4-1 loss at No. 2 UCLA on May 6.

'We just didn't play our game from the get-go,' said Walker.

Oregon State moves to the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face the winner of the Chattanooga and Illinois-Chicago contest at 12:30 PDT Friday.

UCLA - 010 100 0 - 2 5 3
Oregon State - 000 000 1 - 1 3 1
Draper and T. Feldt (OSU), Kowal and Smith (USF). WP - Kowal (23-13), LP - Draper (28-11). 2B - Turek (USF). SB - Roberts (USF), Phillips (USF).

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