No. 19 Softball Falls To Top-Ranked Arizona, 2-0

May 8, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - No. 19 ranked Oregon State University dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to top-ranked University of Arizona in front of 1,758 fans in Saturday night's Pacific-10 Conference softball action.

A pair of freshmen helped the Beavers (40-22; 4-13 Pac-10) work their way out of a jam early in the opening inning. The first two Arizona (50-3; 14-2 Pac-10) batters reached base safely, but UA failed to capitalize as freshman Mia Longfellow made a pair of key plays in her inaugural appearance at shortstop and starting hurler Brianne McGowan fanned All-American MacKenzie Vandergeest.

Junior Kelly Petersen missed the first start of her career while battling the stomach flu. Petersen had started 192 consecutive games at shortstop before Longfellow took her place against the Wildcats.

OSU got its first baserunner of the game when Lisa Allen opened the second inning with a single off All-American pitcher Alicia Hollowell's glove, but Hollowell proceeded to strike out the side to get out of the frame.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second after Samantha Quintero led-off the frame with an infield single and eventually came around to score when Crystal Farley chopped a two-out single over first base and into right field.

Oregon State looked to answer in the top of the third when freshman Natalie Johnson tallied a lead-off bunt single and Alana Mendoza reached base after a throwing error from UA third baseman Jackie Coburn, but the Cats retired the top of the Beaver line-up to end the threat.

Timely hitting allowed Arizona to push its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Autumn Champion, who had reached base on an infield single, scored after a two-out single to left field by Kristie Fox.

McGowan (10-5) struck out two batters in four innings of work, before being relieved in the fifth by freshman Ta'Tyana McElroy. OSU worked its way out of a bases loaded jam when Mendoza doubled up the Cats after a line drive by Shelly Shultz and Quintero fouled out to Sherina Galvan at third.

Longfellow picked up Oregon State's third hit of the game in the top of the sixth but the Beavers were unable to take advantage.

Five of Arizona's nine hits in the game never left the infield.

Hollowell recorded 11 strikeouts en route to her 37th victory of the year.

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

GAME RESULTS:
No. 19 Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 3 2
No. 1 Arizona - 011 000 x - 2 9 1
McGowan, McElroy (5) and Allen (OSU), Hollowell and Vandergeest (UA). WP - Hollowell (37-2). LP - McGowan (10-5).

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