Softball Wins 4th Straight With 8-4 Victory Against No. 12 Arizona State

April 25, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Back-to-back home runs in the third inning by Kelly Petersen and Vanessa Iapala helped propel the Oregon State softball squad to an 8-4 upset victory of No. 12 Arizona State on Friday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.

The Beavers recorded their fourth consecutive victory to improve their record to 29-22 overall and 3-10 in the Pacific-10 Conference while the Sun Devils dropped to 28-17 and 5-8 in conference play.

Both teams picked up pair of runs on two hits in the opening inning. ASU got on the board behind an RBI single through the right-side from Phelan Wright but the Beavers responded with a run in the bottom half of the frame when Shelly Prochaska's sacrifice fly to center field brought Clare Burnum across the plate.

A pair of second inning walks proved costly for OSU as the Sun Devils took the lead when Kristen Farber's infield ground-out scored Jen McCard.

The Beavers looked to even up the score in the bottom of the frame after singles from Petersen and Steph Adams but both players were left stranded.

Arizona State extended its lead to 3-1 in the third inning after Cheryl Evans' RBI single scored Kara Brun, who had singled to opening the inning.

In the Beavers' half of the frame Petersen's two-out three-run shot over the fence in left gave the Beavers the lead and Iapala added an insurance run, sending Desiree Serrano's next pitch out of the park. The home run was the ninth of the year for Petersen and her third in as many games.

Evans, ASU's relief pitcher, helped her own cause in the fifth by driving in a run with a double down the left field line that made the score 5-4. The Beavers worked their way out of the jam after starter Amy Klever forced the next two Sun Devil batters to ground out.

OSU upped its advantage to 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth as the Beavers batted the around the line-up. Oregon State capitalized on singles from Adrienne Alo, Petersen, Adams, and Shannon Sorg.

Klever (7-6) shut down the ASU offense from there, striking out pinch hitter Ashley Werschky to end the contest and earn her second Pac-10 victory of the season.

'It was a good win,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Amy (Klever) pitched a sound ball-game and defensively we made a lot of plays to keep them from breaking the game open.'

Oregon State pounded 12 hits in the contest and improved to 12-1 on the season when hitting at least two home runs.

'Our offense was a big part of our momentum,' said Walker. 'We swung the bat well all day in every inning.'

Petersen finished the day with a 3-for-4 clip from the plate and four RBI, while Burnum went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Adams went 2-for-3.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers host top-ranked Arizona at 2 p.m.

No. 12 Arizona State - 111 010 0 - 4 9 2
Oregon State - 104 030 0 - 8 12 2
Klever and Prochaska (OSU), Serrano, Evans (3) and Garcia (ASU). WP - Klever (7-6). LP - Serrano (17-11). 2B - Evans, 2 (ASU). HR - Petersen (OSU), Iapala (OSU). SB - Alo (OSU).

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