McGowan Pitches One-Hitter As No. 25 Beavers Cruise By UCSB, 4-0

March 5, 2004

FULLERTON, Calif. - -

Oregon State freshman Brianne McGowan pitched a one-hitter while Kelly Petersen powered the No. 25 Beavers with two doubles in a 4-0 non-conference softball win over California-Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon at the Cal State-Fullerton Worth Tournament.

OSU takes on Michigan State at 6 p.m. this evening.

The Beavers (16-6) used a two-run fifth inning to open up a 1-0 game, putting together four hits, including RBI doubles from Vanessa Iapala and Sherina Galvan. Petersen and Carrie Syphers scored.

Owning a 1-0 lead after a RBI double from Petersen in the first, OSU had a chance to blow the game open in the second inning after loading the bases, but settled for a scoreless frame when Mia Longfellow lined out to centerfield to end the inning.

Freshman Natalie Johnson scored an unearned insurance run in the sixth to make it 4-0 after a bases-loaded walk by UCSB pitcher Lindsey Sommer.

McGowan, from Reno, Nev., was one pitch away from a perfect game, as she allowed the lone UCSB baserunner in the third inning - a harmless single down the leftfield line. She struck out three and walked none to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Petersen, Galvan and Lisa Allen led the Beaver attack with two hits apiece. Petersen was 2-for-2 on the day with a RBI, a stolen base and a run scored, but her string of three games with a homerun came to an end.

Only two of OSU's runs were earned, as the Gauchos (12-12) committed four errors.

NO. 25 OREGON STATE 4, UC-SANTA BARBARA 0

Oregon State 100 021 0 - 4 9 0

UCSB 000 000 0 - 0 1 4

McGowan and Allen (OSU), Sommer and Hensler (UCSB). WP- McGowan (4-1). LP- Sommer (4-5). 2B-Petersen 2 (OSU), Iapala (OSU), Galvan (OSU). SB- Longfellow (OSU), Petersen (OSU), Allen (OSU) and Johnson (OSU).

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