No. 23 Softball Remains Undefeated With 4-0 Win Against Cal Poly

Feb. 2, 2003

SAINT GEORGE, Utah - The No. 23 Oregon State softball team improved to 4-0 on the season after knocking off Cal Poly, 4-0, in Sunday's final game of the Southern Utah Tournament.

Junior hurler Monica Hoffman allowed just four hits while striking out five batters en route to her fourth victory of the season.

'Monica Hoffman threw a phenomenal game in extremely adverse conditions,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was probably the second coldest weather I've ever played or coached in. She did a great job keeping them at bay.'

With both teams struggling offensively for the first couple of innings, the Beavers took advantage of two Cal Poly errors and a bases loaded walk to score three runs in the third inning. Kelly Petersen had an RBI single in the frame and Shannon Sorg scored one of her two runs on the day. Senior Cara Maxey also singled up the middle and eventually scored when Shelly Prochaska drew a bases loaded walk.

'Offensively we struggled a bit,' said Walker. 'Shelly hit the ball well and Vanessa Iapala hit the ball hard, but right at people. Kelly Petersen continued to swing an aggressive bat.'

Petersen finished 2-for-4 from the plate with an RBI while Prochaska went 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Maxey was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

'Overall it was a great outing for our first weekend,' said Walker. 'We did a nice job of getting runners on and moving them around, and that will only get better each weekend. It's nice to start 4-0.'

The Beavers will put their perfect record on the line on Friday at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. OSU will meet Iowa State at 10 a.m. and face Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m.

Oregon State - 003 001 0 - 4 6 1
Cal Poly - 000 000 0 - 0 4 4
Hoffman and Prochaska (OSU), Vanderbeek, Nelson (6) and Schubert (CP). WP - Hoffman (4-0), LP - Vanderbeek. 2B - Prochaska (OSU), Sparrey (CP).

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