Huskies Come From Behind To Defeat Oregon State 5-3

April 17, 2004

SEATTLE- A three-run fifth inning propelled the fifth-ranked Washington softball team to victory this afternoon over the 15th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, 5-3. The come from behind victory is UW's fifth of the conference season as it improves to 29-8 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play. OSU drops to 36-14 overall and 2-6 in Pac-10 action.

Washington looked strong in the first inning, loading the bases with one out but were unable to plate a runner as OSU hurler Monica Hoffman recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.

Oregon State got on the scoreboard in the top of the second frame with three hits, including a RBI-single by Alana Mendoza that scored Vanessa Ipala to give the Beavers the 1-0 lead.

The Huskies loaded the bases again in the bottom half of the second but Hoffman wiggled her way out of the jam with a flare up the middle by Sarah Hyatt that was caught by the second baseman.

OSU added another run in the third inning on one hit and a Husky error. Adrienne Alo led off with a walk and stole second base to put herself in scoring position. Mia Longfellow then beat out an infield single and Alo scored on the play when the throw to first base was wide.

Oregon State's Brienne McGowan led off the fourth inning with a home run over the left field fence to put the Beavers on top 3-0.

Washington answered in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs on two hits and a Beaver error. Senior Courtney Jeffries belted her second home run of the season over the left field wall and Dominique Lastrapes scored an unearned run on a fielding error by the shortstop to cut the OSU lead to 3-2.

UW's Dena Tyson led off the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle and Kathy Fiske drew a walk to trigger an Oregon State pitching change. Ta'Tyana McElroy (11-3) came in to relieve Hoffman and walked Amanda Oleson to load the bases. Jeffries then laced a single into centerfield to score Tyson and tie the score at 3-3.

After Oregon State turned a double play, getting the outs and home and first, Lastrapes hit a double off the centerfield wall to score two and give Washington the 5-3 lead and eventual win.

OSU led off the sixth inning with a single by Iapala, which resulted in a pitching change. Ashley Boek came into the game and froze the next batter on strikes. After another Beaver single, the Huskies turned the game's fifth double play to get out of the inning.

Boek sat Oregon State down in order in the seventh to earn her second save of the season. Tia Bollinger (10-3) recorded the win as she scattered seven hits over five innings, while striking out two. OSU's McElroy took the loss as she allowed two runs on four hits in two innings of relief.

The Huskies and Beavers face-off again Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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