Softball Falls To No. 2 UCLA, 6-1

April 11, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's softball squad dropped a 6-1 decision to No. 2 UCLA in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference action. The Beavers fall to 25-19 on the season and 1-7 in the Pac-10 while the Bruins improved to 33-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play.

OSU had a big opportunity fall to the wayside in the opening inning when the Beavers loaded the bases with no outs but failed to score. Clare Burnum led-off the inning with a walk and Adrienne Alo reached base on a fielder's choice. Both players advanced after a wild pitch from UCLA hurler Keira Goerl. Brynnen Guthrie stepped to the plate and drew a walk to load the bases, but Goerl got out of the jam by striking out Shelly Prochaska and forcing Kelly Petersen to ground into a double-play to end the inning.

Oregon State hurler Monica Hoffman kept the Bruins in check allowing just a pair of hits over the first two innings but UCLA got on the board when Natasha Watley led-off the third inning with a solo-shot over the fence in center field. The Bruins added to their lead moments later when Tairia Mims belted a two-run homer over the left field fence, making the score 3-0.

Oregon State got one run back in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batter, as Alo crossed the plate on a passed ball with the bases loaded to make the score 3-1.

The Bruins added to their lead and didn't look back when Andrea Duran scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth after a groundout by Caitlin Benyi.

Freshman pitcher Amy Klever entered the game in the fifth inning after the first two runners reached base. Klever retired both batters she faced, getting the Beavers out of the frame unscathed, but UCLA extended its advantage to 6-1 after picking up a run in both the sixth and seventh inning.

'We competed hard all day,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We had a few too many mistakes (OSU had six errors in the contest) and fortunately they didn't capitalize on all of them.'

Goerl earned the victory for the Bruins to improve to 23-4 on the year. The senior hurler recorded eight strikeouts but allowed five walks.

'We did a great job offensively and stuck to our game-plan,' said Walker. 'We were able to get to her (Goerl) offensively. We just needed to do a better job defensively and pitch a couple of hitters differently and the game could have gone either way.'

Hoffman (17-11) gave up three earned runs and tallied four strikeouts in just over four innings of work.

Burnum, Petersen and Vanessa Iapala each recorded hits on the afternoon for the Beavers and Guthrie drew a pair of walks.

'UCLA is a great team,' said Walker. 'Mims, Watley and Goerl are the class of the Pac-10.'

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday against No. 3 University of Washington. First-pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.

No. 2 UCLA - 003 101 1 - 6 12 1
Oregon State - 001 000 0 - 1 3 6
Hoffman, Klever (5) and Prochaska (OSU), Goerl and Auelua (UCLA). WP - Goerl (23-4). LP - Hoffman (17-11). 2B - Mejia (UCLA). HR - Watley (UCLA), Mims (UCLA).

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