No. 19 Softball Drops Game With Top-Ranked Arizona, 3-0

May 9, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 19 ranked Oregon State University belted a trio of doubles against top-ranked University of Arizona, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats recorded the 3-0 victory in Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference softball showdown.

Oregon State (40-23; 4-14 Pac-10) sophomore first baseman Vanessa Iapala roped her team-leading 14th double of the season to center field in the top of the first inning but the Beavers were unable to break through on the scoreboard.

In the bottom half of the frame Arizona (51-3; 15-2 Pac-10) lead-off batter Caitlin Lowe reached base on a bunt single but was gunned down by OSU catcher Lisa Allen while attempting to steal. It marked just the second time on the year that the Wildcat speedster, who leads the Pac-10 with 45 swipes, was caught stealing. After an infield single from Autumn Champion, Beaver second baseman Alana Mendoza made good on her second double play in as many games, fielding Wendy Allen's grounder, tagging Champion and relaying the throw to first.

The Wildcats scored what proved to be the game-winner with an unearned run in the bottom of the third. Samantha Quintero scored from second base when a two-out grounder by Lowe caromed into the outfield.

OSU looked to counter in the top of the fourth when Allen belted the Beavers' second double of the game with a two-out shot to the gap in right-center. Wildcat All-American hurler Alicia Hollowell battened down however, and tallied her seventh strikeout of the game to end the inning.

Arizona added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI double by Quintero, who was thrown out on the play while attempting to leg-out a triple.

The Wildcats made the score 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Wendy Allen blooped a two-out single to shallow right field that scored Crystal Farley.

The Beavers tallied their third two-out double of the game when Mia Longfellow hammered a shot to right-center field, but once again, OSU could not take advantage.

Senior hurler Monica Hoffman threw well for the Beavers, recording four strikeouts to raise her season total to 233 - second best in school history. The complete game was the 66th of Hoffman's career.

Hollowell finished with 11 strikeouts while recording her 38th victory.

Oregon State returns home to host the Bay Area schools in the final weekend of the regular season. The Beavers will face No. 4 California on Friday at 2 p.m.

No. 19 Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
No. 1 Arizona - 001 110 x - 3 9 0
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Hollowell and Vandergeest (UA). WP - Hollowell (38-2). LP - Hoffman (19-14). 2B - Iapala (OSU), Allen (OSU), Longfellow (OSU), Quintero (UA).

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