No. 17 Softball Drops Home Opener To No. 22 Oregon, 10-2

March 15, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 17 Oregon State softball squad dropped its home-opener on Saturday afternoon against in-state rival No. 22 University of Oregon, 10-2. The contest was also the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both squads.

The Beavers (19-10; 0-1 Pac-10) suffered their first Civil War loss since 1999 as the Ducks (17-6; 1-0) pounded 13 hits in the contest.

Through three innings of action, the game appeared to be a pitching battle but in the top of the fourth inning, Oregon's offense came alive after Janell Bergstrom belted a two-out double to center field that scored Jenn Poore and gave the Ducks a 1-0 advantage. Erin Goodell extended the lead to 3-0 with her first of two home runs in the game, when she nailed a two-run shot over the left field fence against Beaver reliever Amy Klever.

Oregon loaded the bases in the top of the fifth inning and later added three runs on three hits and two Beaver errors to take a 6-0 lead.

Oregon State finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning when freshman Lisa Allen scored on an infield groundout by Cara Maxey.

In the sixth, Goodell led off the inning with her second homer of the game and the Ducks later rallied with two outs to take a 9-1 lead.

The Beavers added their second run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Brynnen Guthrie crossed the plate after a single from catcher Shelly Prochaska.

Oregon State tallied a trio of hits in the bottom of the seventh, including a double from freshman Adrienne Alo, but the Beavers were unable to score.

'Unfortunately we didn't bring our game today,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'They played well, they pitched well, and they hit well. We just didn't play our game - it was a very disappointing home-opener.'

Prochaska and Allen both finished the day 2-for-3 from the plate.

'Both Shelly and Lisa came out strong offensively to get it done,' said Walker. 'They both worked the count well.'

All three Beaver pitchers saw action in the contest with Monica Hoffman (13-6) suffering the loss. Hoffman allowed three runs and five hits in five innings of work.

Amber Hutchison led Oregon with a 4-for-5 clip with Beth Boskovich went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Three other Duck players had two hits in the contest and freshman hurler Amy Harris (6-4) recorded the victory on the mound.

Oregon State takes a week off for finals before hitting the road again for 14 straight games. The Beavers will face San Diego on Mar. 23. Game-one of the double-header is scheduled to start at 12 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
Oregon - 000 333 1 - 10 13 3
Oregon State - 000 011 0 - 2 6 2

Hoffman, Klever (4), DuBois (6), Hoffman (6) and Prochaska (OSU), Harris and Poore (UO). WP - Harris (6-4), LP - Hoffman (13-6). 2B - Bergstrom (UO), Boskovich (UO). Prochaska (OSU). HR - Goodell, 2 (UO).

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