Kelly Petersen's 4 RBI Lead No. 15 Softball Past No. 14 Oregon, 7-4

April 10, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior shortstop Kelly Petersen belted her eighth home run of the season and finished with four RBI to lead No. 15 Oregon State past No. 14 University of Oregon by a 7-4 margin in Saturday's Civil War softball game.

The Beavers improved to 34-12 on the season and 2-3 in Pacific-10 Conference action while the Ducks dropped to 30-10 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-10, as both squads wrapped up the 2004 Civil War series in front of 812 fans at the OSU Softball Complex.

'It was definitely a better day for us offensively,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It's nice to come back focused and aggressive after not playing as well on Friday.'

The Beavers jumped in front early, pounding three doubles and a home run, en route to scoring four runs and knocking Oregon starter Ani Nyhus (15-6) out of the game in the first inning.

Adrienne Alo jump-started the OSU offense when she belted her ninth double of the season to lead off the Beaver half of the first and came around to score when Petersen ripped her eighth home run of the year.

Sophomore Lisa Allen reached base on an error and eventually scored when freshman Brianne McGowan doubled to right field. Fellow freshman Sherina Galvan followed with a double to left field that plated McGowan and gave Oregon State a 4-0 advantage.

The Ducks answered with two runs of their own in the top of the second when Suzie Barnes roped a two-RBI double to left-center.

Petersen's RBI single through the left side gave the Beavers another run in the bottom of the second and her bases loaded walk in the third inning pushed the OSU advantage to 6-2.

Allen blasted her seventh home run of the season and fourth in five games, when she led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a shot the sailed well over the left field fence.

Oregon narrowed the margin to 7-3 in the fifth inning when Julie Jaime scored on a controversial play at the plate after a single from Breanne Sabol. Allen appeared to have the plate blocked when she placed the tag on Jaime after a throw from center fielder Natalie Johnson, but the umpire called Sabol safe, allowing the Ducks to cut into the lead.

UO attempted to rally in the seventh inning when Sabol doubled in Jaime but McGowan forced Ashley Richards to ground out to Petersen, ending the game.

Freshman hurler Ta'Tyana McElroy allowed just four hits in four innings of work to improve to 11-2 on the season, while McGowan pitched three innings in relief for her second save of the year.

Petersen finished with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate and four RBI, while Alo went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

'We had good execution, good defense, and a tremendous pitching performance,' said Walker.

OSU improved to 23-1 on the year when at least one player hits a home run.

Oregon State will host Portland State University in a non-conference double-header on Tuesday. Game-one is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.

No. 14 Oregon - 020 010 1 - 4 8 4
No. 15 Oregon State - 411 100 x - 7 8 0
McElroy, McGowan (4) and Allen (OSU), Nyhus, Meashintubby (1), Harris (2) and Poore (UO). WP - McElroy (11-2). LP - Nyhus (15-6). HR - Petersen (OSU), Allen (OSU). 2B - Alo (OSU), McGowan (OSU), Galvan (OSU), Barnes (UO), Jaime (UO), Baird (UO), Sabol (UO).

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