No. 15 Beavers Fall To Washington 5-3

April 17, 2004

Seattle, WA � No. 5 ranked University of Washington rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to knock off No. 15 ranked Oregon State University, 5-3, in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

OSU drops to 36-14 on the year and 2-5 in the Pac-10, while Washington upped its record to 29-8 overall and 5-1 in conference play.

The Huskies threatened to get on the board in the first inning, loading the bases with one-out, but Beaver senior Monica Hoffman struck out back-to-back batters to get out of the jam.

The Beavers capitalized on three hits of their own in the top of the second and took a 1-0 lead when Alana Mendoza slapped a single through the left side that plated Vanessa Iapala. Husky senior hurler Tia Bollinger forced the Beavers to hit into a double play that ended the inning.

UW once again left the bases loaded in the bottom of the second when Sarah Hyatt popped up to Mendoza at second base for the third out.

OSU added an insurance run in the top of the third when Adrienne Alo came around to score on a Husky throwing error as Mia Longfellow legged out an infield single.

Freshman Brianne McGowan hammered a home run over the left-center field fence to open the top of the fourth inning, extending the Oregon State lead to 3-0.

Washington rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Courtney Jeffries belted a one-out home run over the left-center field fence and the Huskies added an unearned run when Dominique Lastrapes scored after a two-out error. With runners on first and second, Hoffman struck out UW All-American Kristen Rivera to end the inning and preserve the 3-2 lead.

The Huskies rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of three hits and a pair of walks. A two-out 2-RBI double off the wall in center field by Lastrapes against Beaver reliever Ta'Tyana McElroy proved to be the difference in the game as UW took a 5-3 lead.

Singles by Iapala and McGowan in the top of the sixth went for naught as the Huskies recorded the game's fifth double play to get out of the inning.

McElroy worked her way out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth by striking out Amanda Oleson and forcing a groundout to end the frame unscathed.

Husky reliever Ashley Boek retired the Beavers in order in the seventh.Bollinger picked up the win for Washington to improve to 10-3 on the year, while McElroy suffered the loss to fall to 11-3.

McGowan led the Beavers with a 2-for-2 clip from the plate, including her fifth home run, while Iapala and Longfellow each went 2-for-3.

Lastrapes and Jeffries each went 3-for-4 to lead UW.Oregon State looks to break a two-game skid when the Beavers and Huskies square-off again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. OSU has not loss more than two games in a row this season.

GAME RESULTS:

No. 15 Oregon State � 011 100 0 - 3 8 3
No. 5 Washington - 000 230 x - 5 9 1
Hoffman, McElroy (5) and Allen (OSU), Bollinger, Boek (5) and Rivera (UW). WP � Bollinger (10-3). LP - McElroy (11-3). 2B - Lastrapes (UW). HR - McGowan (OSU), Jeffries (UW).

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