Steph Adams' 3-Run Home Run Leads No. 14 Beavers Past No. 6 California, 3-2
April 5, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Steph Adams' two-out, three-run, sixth inning home run lifted the No. 14 ranked Oregon State University softball team to a 3-2 victory against No. 6 California on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers, winners of seven-straight and 11 consecutive games at the OSU Softball Complex, improve to 31-9 overall and 4-0 in Pacific-10 Conference action - their best start in school history. California falls to 35-12 on the year and 2-2 in the Pac-10.
After falling behind 2-0 in the fifth inning behind a pair of runs by the Golden Bears, the Beavers' offense strung together some key hits.
Senior Michelle Chariton and junior Brynnen Guthrie led off the sixth inning with back-to-back infield singles and Shelly Prochaska's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Freshman Kelly Petersen came to the plate and had a pair of good cuts, fouling off pitches from California ace Jocelyn Forest, but eventually became the third strikeout victim of the game, sending Adams to the plate with two outs.
In dramatic fashion, Adams, a junior, sent a 1-0 pitch over the leftfield wall to put the Beavers in front for good. The game-winner was her second home run in the last three contests and the 16th of her career.
'It was a huge hit,' said Walker. 'Steph left some runners on base in her earlier at bats, but did a great job of making some adjustments.'
Cal used a pair of hits, including an RBI double by Kelso Eldredge, and a passed ball, to get on the scoreboard in the fifth inning.
Chariton was the lone Beaver with two hits on the afternoon and third baseman Clare Burnum extended her hitting streak to nine games.
OSU shone defensively, turning two crucial double plays in the contest.
The Beavers host No. 3 Stanford at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
California - 000 020 0 - 2 8 0
Oregon State - 000 003 x - 3 7 1
Draper, Hoffman (5) and Feldt (OSU), Forest and Scott (CAL). WP - Hoffman (11-4), LP - Forest (16-7). 2B - Chariton (OSU), Eldredge (CAL). HR - Adams (OSU).