No. 18 Softball Wins Two At Las Vegas Classic

Feb. 16, 2002

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - -

The No. 18 Oregon State softball squad won both its games on Friday at the UNLV Softball Classic, downing BYU 3-1 to open the day, and beating Kansas 4-3 in the afternoon.

OSU, now 10-1, is off to its best start in school history, and will face Texas Tech and No. 13 Alabama on Saturday when the tournament continues.

Michelle Chariton led the way for OSU, going 3-for-7 on the day, while Kristen Hunter, Crystal Draper and Monica Hoffman all had solid days on the mound.

Hunter allowed two hits in a complete game against BYU, and Draper went six innings and gave up four hits against Kansas.

'Crystal and Monica combined for a very nice ballgame and worked well to shut down BYU's offense,' OSU head coach Kirk Walker said. 'Offensively, we had lots of opportunities and left some runners on, but we came up with some big hits late and took care of it,' Walker said of the first game.

Walker was happy as well with his team's performance against a Kansas squad that had knocked off nationally-ranked Arizona State and SW Texas State earlier in the year.

'It was a great ballgame with two great teams,' the eighth-year coach said. 'Kristen Hunter started and threw a great ballgame. She gave up one homerun, but otherwise shut them down.

'Our defense played strong, and offensively, we came up with some great clutch hitting from Shelly Prochaska, Brynnen Guthrie, and Jessica King - they really kept it going. This was a great game and a big win.'

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