No. 18 Softball Battles No. 3 UCLA Before Falling, 2-0

May 1, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Beaver freshman pitcher Brianne McGowan scattered four hits over seven innings, but No. 3 ranked UCLA picked up a pair of runs in the sixth to earn a 2-0 victory against No. 18 ranked Oregon State on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex.

The game turned out to be a pitcher's dual from the start as both teams struggled to get hits.

The Beavers (39-20; 3-11 Pac-10) picked up their lone hit of the contest in the bottom of the second inning when sophomore Alana Mendoza singled up the middle. With a pair of runners on base, after McGowan had opened the frame with a walk, UCLA (33-7; 6-6 Pac-10) hurler Lisa Dodd used a strikeout to end the OSU threat.

Claire Sua broke-up McGowan's no-hitter in the fourth inning with a one-out single to center field, but a diving catch by Beaver freshman centerfielder Natalie Johnson on Dodd's shallow fly ball got Oregon State out of the inning unscathed.

UCLA scored the game-winning runs in the sixth inning after taking advantage of two hits and an OSU error. Andrea Duran led-off the inning with a single down the left field line and eventually scored when Jodie Legaspi blooped a one-out single to right field. Sua, who had reached base on an intentional walk, added an insurance run when she scored on a two-out fielding error.

'Brianne pitched a nice ballgame, as did Lisa Dodd,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'UCLA capitalized on an opportune moment and that proved to be the difference in the game.'

Both teams stranded six runners on base.

'It would have been nice to capitalize when we got runners on base,' said Walker. 'Overall it was a great Pac-10 ballgame.'

The Beavers and Bruins wrap-up the season series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 3 UCLA - 000 002 0 - 2 4 2
No. 18 Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 1 2
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Dodd and Zaplatosch (UCLA). WP - Dodd (13-2). LP - McGowan (10-4).

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