No. 15 Softball Drops Game To No. 5 Washington, 5-3

April 18, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - For the second day in a row, No. 15 ranked Oregon State University dropped a 5-3 decision at No. 5 University of Washington to close out Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference softball series.

Adrienne Alo gave the Beavers (36-15; 2-7 Pac-10) an early 2-0 lead when she blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence in the first inning. The lead was short-lived however as the Huskies (30-8; 6-1 Pac-10) responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second behind a pair of doubles and a sacrifice fly.

Two more UW doubles proved costly for the Beavers in the bottom of the fourth inning, as the Huskies grabbed a 4-2 advantage. Dena Tyson opened the frame with a single up the middle and Kathy Fiske followed with a double to the gap in left-center. OSU gunned Tyson down at the plate on the play when Mia Longfellow relayed the throw from the outfield to Kelly Petersen and Lisa Allen placed the tag at home. Monica Hoffman entered the game in relief of starter Brianne McGowan (7-3) but Amanda Oleson sent the first pitch off the wall in left-center for an RBI double. Rita Roach drove in another run with a high-chopper down the third base line. Hoffman picked up her 200th strike out of the season when she sat down Dominique Lastrapes to end the inning.

The Beavers got one run back in the top of the fifth when Petersen drew a bases loaded walk against Washington ace Ashley Boek (20-5) that scored Longfellow who had opened the inning with a single.

Oleson burnt the Beavers again in the bottom of the fifth when she singled to left, allowing pinch runner Jamie Rau to score an unearned run and push the Husky lead back up to 5-3.

Petersen went 1-for-2 on the afternoon for the Beavers while Alo finished with a 1-for-3 effort, including her sixth home run of the year.

Oleson led the Huskies' offensive effort with a perfect 3-for-3 mark on the day, including a pair of doubles.

Oregon State returns home to face top-ranked University of Arizona on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex with the game airing live on Fox Sports Net.

GAME RESULTS:
No. 15 Oregon State - 200 010 0 - 3 3 1
No. 5 Washington - 020 210 x - 5 7 0
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Boek and Rivera (UW). WP - Boek (20-5). LP - McGowan (7-3). 2B - Rivera (UW), Oleson, 2 (UW), Fiske (UW). HR - Alo (OSU).

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