No. 23 Beavers pick up wins over Southern Utah, St. Mary's

Feb. 1, 2003

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The No. 23 Oregon State softball team picked up two more wins at the Thunderbird Canyon Park Classic on Saturday to remain unbeaten in the tournament.

The Beavers (3-0) opened the day with a 10-2 win over tournament host Southern Utah in five innings, and they followed up with an 11-1 victory over St. Mary's in six innings to close out the day.

'We had two good wins today. We played well in the first game. In the second game, we struggled a little with keeping our intensity and focus up, but we came back strong,' coach Kirk Walker said.

Monica Hoffman picked up both wins for the Beavers. After starter Dena DuBois gave up two runs in the top of first against Southern Utah, Hoffman came in and shut out the Thunderbirds for the remainder of the game. She started the game against St. Mary's and allowed two hits and one walk in five innings before DuBois pitched the sixth inning in relief. Hoffman finished the day with 15 strikeouts.

'Monica pitched extremely well and is looking very good,' Walker said. 'Other than a home run in the first inning against St. Mary's, she didn't really give much up.'

OSU also had a solid offensive performance, with several Beavers contributing.Two rookies helped spark an eight-run second inning against Southern Utah. Vanessa Iapala, who hit a grand slam against BYU on Friday, hit two doubles in the inning, with the second one driving in two runs. Fellow freshman Adrienne Alo hit a two-run home run in that inning for her first career home run.

Kelly Petersen hit a solo home run in the second, and Cara Maxey added another solo shot in the third.

Iapala finished the day with three doubles, with her final one driving in two runs in the sixth inning against St. Mary's. Petersen also doubled in that inning, and Alo tripled as the Beavers scored six runs in what would be the final inning of the game.

Tiffany Redding homered in the first at-bat of the game for SMC's only run of the game.Oregon State wraps up tournament play on Sunday against Cal Poly. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.

'Overall we had a very good day. This was a positive step for us. Hopefully we can win our game (Saturday) and win this tournament outright,' Walker said.


SUU -          200 00 - 2  3  0Oregon State - 081 01 - 10 11 1DuBois, Hoffman (1) and Prochaska (OSU), Brown, Evansjones and Hardy (SUU). WP - Hoffman (2-0), LP - Brown (0-1). 2B - Iapala (OSU), 2. HR - Petersen (OSU), Maxey (OSU), Alo (OSU).

Oregon State - 212 006 - 11 10 2St. Mary's - 100 000 - 1 3 9Hoffman, DuBois (6) and Prochaska (OSU), Eaton and Milner (SMC). WP - Hoffman (3-0), LP- Eaton. 2B - Petersen (OSU), Iapala (OSU). 3B - Alo (OSU). HR - Redding (SMC)

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