No. 16 Softball Falls To Arizona State, 7-2

April 25, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Sophomore catcher Lisa Allen belted her ninth home run of the season, but it wasn't enough as No. 16 Oregon State dropped a 7-2 decision to Arizona State University in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

Poor fielding proved costly for the Beavers (37-17; 3-9 Pac-10) from the start as ASU (31-23; 1-9 Pac-10) took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when Kristin Farber crossed the plate with an unearned run.

The Sun Devils added six more runs in the second inning, including a grand slam home run over the right field fence by Val Sevilla.

Allen's second inning lead-off home run to center field narrowed the ASU lead to 7-1.

The Beavers threatened with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, but stranded a pair of runners on base.

OSU added its only other run when Vanessa Iapala ripped a double off the top of the right field fence to open the sixth inning and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Kelly Petersen, making the final margin 7-2.

'Obviously the game meant more to Arizona State - they're playing for postseason,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'Our pitching and defense created a deficit for us that was too big to overcome.'

Beaver reliever Monica Hoffman struck out 10 batters in six innings of work - her fifth double figure strikeout performance of the season. Hoffman moves into second place all-time at Oregon State with 698 K's in her career, surpassing All-American Tarrah Beyster's (1997-00) total of 694.

Sophomore Alana Mendoza went 2-for-4 from the plate, while Sherina Galvan was 1-for-2.

Sevilla led Arizona State with a 2-for-3 mark and four RBI. Ashley Werschky picked up the complete game victory.

Oregon State hosts Saint Mary's College in a non-conference tilt on Monday at 1 p.m.

GAME RESULTS:
Arizona State - 160 000 0 - 7 7 1
No. 16 Oregon State - 010 001 0 - 2 5 4
McElroy, Hoffman (2) and Allen (OSU), Werschky and Knabe (ASU). WP - Werschky (7-6). LP - McElroy (11-4). HR - Sevilla (ASU), Allen (OSU). 2B - Iapala (OSU), Knabe (ASU).

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