No. 19 Softball Gets Win Number 40 With 6-0 Shutout Of Arizona State

May 7, 2004

Tempe, AZ - Sophomore Lisa Allen blasted her 10th home run of the season to cap-off a huge fourth inning for No. 19 Oregon State as the Beavers rolled past Arizona State University, 6-0, en route to their 40th victory of the year in Friday's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

The Beavers (40-21; 4-12 Pac-10) earned 40 wins for the fifth time in program history, while senior hurler Monica Hoffman earned her 19th victory of the year and sixth shutout in near perfect fashion - throwing a 1-hitter, with the first batter of the game tallying the lone ASU hit.

Oregon State let a golden opportunity go to waste in the opening inning when the Beavers had back-to-back singles by Mia Longfellow and Vanessa Iapala but could not push any runs across the plate.

The Sun Devils (31-28; 1-14 Pac-10) similarly were unable to capitalize on a lead-off double by Kristin Farber in the bottom of the first.

OSU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third after Iapala advanced Adrienne Alo to third base with a two-out single through the left-side and Allen followed with a hard shot that was misplayed by the ASU second baseman allowing Alo to score. The run was Alo's 41st of the season - matching the school record set by Clare Burnum in 2003.

The Beavers put the game away in the fourth inning, batting around the order in the frame. With one out and a pair of runners on base, Longfellow singled through the right side and both Carrie Syphers and Alana Mendoza came around to score when ASU's throw to the plate bounced off Longfellow's bat and over the catcher's head. Iapala followed with her third hit of the game to the left-side of the infield, setting up Allen's 3-run blast that sailed 230-feet over the left-center field fence, making the score 6-0.

Hoffman mastered the circle throughout the game for the Beavers, retiring 12 in a row after the lead-off double to open the game, until a fielding miscue allowed Keri Pulcifer to reach base in the bottom of the fifth inning. The senior hurler proceeded to strike out the next two Sun Devil batters to up her season total to 229 K's - second best in OSU history.

Iapala finished the game with a 3-for-4 effort from the plate, while Longfellow went 2-for-4.

The Beavers travel to Tucson to face top-ranked University of Arizona on Saturday at 7 p.m.

No. 19 Oregon State - 001 500 0 - 6 7 1
Arizona State - 000 000 0 - 0 1 2
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Werschky, Serrano (4), DeSanta (7) and Knabe (ASU). WP - Hoffman (19-13). LP - Werschky (7-8). HR - Allen (OSU). 2B - Farber (ASU).

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