No. 16 Softball Shuts Out Arizona State, 6-0

April 24, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan recorded a career-high nine strikeouts to lead No. 16 ranked Oregon State University past Arizona State University, 6-0, in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

With the victory, Oregon State improves to 37-16 on the season and 3-8 in the Pac-10, while ASU falls to 30-23 overall and 0-9 in conference play.

The Sun Devils got a pair of runners on base in the opening frame but McGowan used a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning unscathed.

OSU put two runners on in the bottom half of the inning as Mia Longfellow reached on an error and Vanessa Iapala drew a two-out walk. After executing a double steal, sophomore Lisa Allen drove a single up the middle to score Longfellow. Iapala was thrown out at the plate by ASU centerfielder Kristin Farber, but the damage was done and the Beavers held a 1-0 lead.

Oregon State used a pair of hits in the third inning to push its advantage to 2-0 when Longfellow crossed the plate after a passed ball.

The Beavers broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ingrid Lochelt started things off with a bunt single and Longfellow followed with her second hit of the day. After Adrienne Alo drew a one-out walk, Iapala blasted a 2-RBI single to left-center field and knocked ASU starter Desiree Serrano (15-8) out of the contest. Allen followed with a 2-RBI double to right center field off reliever Bre DeSanta, making the score 6-0.

Longfellow finished with a 2-for-3 clip from the plate and her three stolen bases on the afternoon helped the freshman break the Oregon State single season stolen bases record with 14 swipes on the year. Allen went 2-for-3 on the day with three RBI and recorded her eighth double of the season.

McGowan scattered three hits over the course of seven innings, improving her record to 8-3 on the year.

'Brianne pitched a great game,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'We made some nice plays defensively and offensively we swung the bat better than we had recently.'

OSU and ASU closeout the weekend series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Arizona State - 000 000 0 - 0 3 2
No. 16 Oregon State - 110 040 x - 6 7 0
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Serrano, DeSanta (5) and Cobos (ASU). WP - McGowan (8-3). LP - Serrano (15-8). 2B - Allen (OSU).

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