No. 15 Softball Sweeps Double-Header With Portland State, 7-1 and 9-0

April 13, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore Lisa Allen's sixth-inning walk-off 3-run home run led No. 15 ranked Oregon State University to a 7-1 and 9-0 double-header sweep against Portland State University in Tuesday's softball action.

The home run was Allen's eighth of the season and her fifth home run in seven games. The Canby, OR, native finished the afternoon with a 6-for-7 clip from the plate to go along with seven RBI.

'Lisa (Allen) is seeing the ball really well,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'She is definitely capable of being a consistent power hitter.'

With the victory, Oregon State improves to 36-12 on the season - matching the Beavers' win total from 2003 (36-31), while Portland State drops to 13-24 on the year.

PSU took a 1-0 lead in the first game after capitalizing on two singles in the opening inning to push a run across the plate, but it was all the Vikings would get.

OSU answered with two runs in the bottom half of the first, utilizing a lead-off double from Adrienne Alo to spark the attack. Alo scored when Mia Longfellow singled through the right side and the Beavers added another run after back-to-back doubles from Vanessa Iapala and Allen.

In identical fashion to the first inning, Iapala and Allen belted back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the third to increase the Oregon State lead to 3-1.

The Beavers added to their lead, scoring runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to make the final margin 7-1.

Senior hurler Monica Hoffman picked up her 18th victory of the season, striking out nine batters in the complete game win. Hoffman fanned five in a row during one stretch and raised her season strikeout total to 195 - 5th place in the OSU record book. Just two players (Lori Davis and Crystal Draper) have struck out 200 or more batters in a single season.

Allen finished with a perfect 3-for-3 clip from the plate, while Alana Mendoza and Iapala each went 2-for-3. Pinch hitter Ashley Brown picked up an RBI single in the fifth inning as the Beavers pounded 13 hits in the contest.

Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan helped her own cause in game-2 by doubling to right-center field and scoring Allen, who had picked up her third RBI of the day with a single up the middle. OSU used four hits and a walk to garner a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Iapala belted her eighth home run of the season with a lead-off shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the third and freshman Sherina Galvan drove in a run in the fifth to make it 5-0.

McGowan struck out four batters in five innings of work to improve to 7-2 on the season. Fellow freshman Ta'Tyana McElroy threw one inning in relief.

Mendoza led-off the bottom of the sixth inning with her third single of the day and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Iapala. With a pair of runners remaining on base, Allen went deep to left-center field, giving OSU the 9-0 victory.

McGowan went 2-for-2 from the plate while Allen was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Whitney Olsen finished with a 2-for-2 clip for Portland State.

'Our pitchers did a great job today, all three of them threw well,' said Walker. 'We made some good plays defensively, and offensively we had very timely hitting.'

Oregon State returns to Pacific-10 Conference action on Friday when the Beavers visit No. 2 UCLA. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
Game 1

Portland State - 100 000 0 - 1 3 3
No. 15 Oregon State - 201 112 x - 7 12 0
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Hess, Hext (6) and Rutledge (PSU). WP - Hoffman (18-8). LP - Hess (3-6). 2B - Alo (OSU), Iapala, 2 (OSU), Allen, 2 (OSU).

Game 2
Portland State - 000 000 - 0 5 0
No. 15 Oregon State - 301 014 - 9 10 0
McGowan, McElroy (6) and Iapala (OSU), Holm and Rutledge, Lewis (5) (PSU). WP - McGowan (7-2). LP - Holm (2-7). 2B - McGowan (OSU). HR - Iapala (OSU), Allen (OSU).

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