No. 15 Softball Swept By No. 5 California In Regular Season Finale
May 11, 2002
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 15 ranked Oregon State softball team saw the regular season come to a disappointing end on Saturday afternoon, as the Beavers were swept by No. 5 California, 6-1 and 10-7.
Oregon State concludes regular season action with a 38-23 overall record and 7-14 mark in the Pac-10 while California finishes 48-19 overall and 12-9 in conference play.
In the first game, California used three hits in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. Kristen Bayliss stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and sent an 0-2 pitch into right-center field that plated Jessica Pamanian.
OSU responded with a run of its own in the top of the third. Steph Adams was hit by a pitch from Cal hurler Jocelyn Forest to lead off the frame. Freshman Kelly Petersen sacrificed Adams to second and after a fly-out by Clare Burnum, senior Michelle Chariton ripped a shot over shortstop to knot the score.
The Golden Bears rallied to pull away over the next three innings as they used a bases loaded walk to take the lead in the fourth inning and then added a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth, three of which were unearned, to cruise to the victory.
Oregon State struggled from the plate, managing just four hits against Forest (21-12), the Pac-10 strikeout leader. Kristen Hunter (12-7) was credited with the loss after four innings of work, Monica Hoffman and Crystal Draper also pitched an inning each.
The Beavers jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead in the second game, taking advantage of two walks, a single and two California errors.
The Bears responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Kristen Morley and Candace Harper each singled and after Courtney Scott drew a two-out walk to load the bases, Pamanian doubled off the center field wall, clearing the bases.
Cal broke the game open in the second inning with five runs, all unearned after a pair of OSU errors. Courtney Scott added a three-run home run over the left field wall.
The Bears added two more runs in the fifth off of Hoffman, who had entered the game in relief of Draper, making the score 10-3. After the messy second inning, Draper had retired six-straight.
Oregon State rallied to score four runs in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a pair of California errors. Prochaska belted an RBI double off the center field fence that plated Chariton who had reached on an error. Hunter, the designated player, reached on an error as the Cal shortstop's throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. With two aboard, Steph Adams blasted a home run over the 220' mark in straight-away center field, her third blast of the season and 17th of all-time. Adams' shot pulled the Beavers within 10-7 but it was as close as they would get.
Thirteen of the game's 17 runs were unearned, including all seven OSU runs.
Chariton led the Beavers in the game with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate and scored a pair of runs.
Oregon State returns to Corvallis for Selection Sunday, as the Beavers wait to learn where they will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will air at 6 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
No. 15 Oregon State - 001 000 0 - 1 4 2
No. 5 California - 010 122 x - 6 10 0
Hunter, Hoffman (4), Hunter (5), Draper (6) and Prochaska, Feldt (6) (OSU), Forest and Scott (CAL). WP - Forest (21-12), LP - Hunter (12-7). 2B - Harper (CAL)
No. 15 Oregon State - 300 000 4 - 7 6 2
No. 5 California - 350 020 x - 10 8 5
Draper, Hoffman (5) and Feldt (OSU), Bobrow, Deering (1), Bobrow (7) and Scott (CAL). LP - Draper (13-8), WP - Deering (13-2). 2B- Pamanian (CAL). HR - Scott (CAL), Adams (OSU).