No. 25 Softball Falls To CS Northridge, 3-2

March 7, 2004

FULLERTON, Calif. - The No. 25 ranked Oregon State softball team dropped a 3-2 contest against Cal-State Northridge in Sunday's final action of the CSUF Worth Tournament.

The Beavers finished tournament play with a 4-1 record and hold a 19-7 overall mark, while the Matadors went 3-2 on the weekend and improved to 13-6 on the year.

Northridge jumped out to a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of three hits and an Oregon State error to come away with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Oregon State got both runs back in the bottom half of the inning. With Mia Longfellow on second and Kelly Petersen on first, Vanessa Iapala singled in Longfellow for one run and Petersen came around on an error by Jen Dishner to tie the game at 2-2.

CSUN scored the game-winner when Fennell doubled down the left field line and came around to score when OSU misplayed Monique Lovell's ground ball.

'Overall it was a very disappointing day,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We didn't come to play and Northridge took advantage of it.'

Senior hurler Monica Hoffman fanned 10 batters in seven innings of work, but Northridge held a 6-5 advantage in hits.

'Monica threw well enough for us to win,' said Walker. 'We just had some sporadic hitting.'

The Beavers return to action on Thursday with a 3 p.m. game against North Texas in the Clovis Auto Row Softball Tournament, hosted by Fresno State University.

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