Monica Hoffman Breaks Single Season Strikeout Record But No. 20 Softball Drops Two To No. 8 Stanford, 2-0 And 7-2
May 15, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior pitcher Monica Hoffman broke the Oregon State University single season strikeout record, but the No. 20 Beavers were unable to come up with a victory as the No. 8 ranked Stanford Cardinal swept Saturday's regular season softball finale, 2-0 and 7-2.
The Cardinal (43-16; 13-8 Pac-10) used three home runs on the afternoon by senior catcher Jessica Allister to spoil Oregon State's (40-26; 4-17 Pac-10) senior day in Corvallis.
OSU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the final game when Adrienne Alo belted her 11th double of the season off the wall in right field. Kelly Petersen and Mia Longfellow came across the plate to score on the play after reaching base on back-to-back singles.
Hoffman was on fire from the start, retiring the first 12 batters she faced in order, until Allister broke up the perfect game with a lead-off home run in the fifth inning. The Cardinal tied things up with when pinch runner Jacki Hansen scored an unearned run.
An RBI double by Lauren Lappin followed by a two-run home run by Allister pushed the Cardinal advantage to 5-2 in the sixth. Hoffman closed out the frame with her ninth strikeout of the contest and her 247th of the season - breaking the school record of 245, set by Lori Davis in 1980.
'It's a great accomplishment for Monica,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker of Hoffman breaking the strikeout record. 'It is definitely something that she should be proud of.'
Fellow senior Dena DuBois made her second appearance of the season for the Beavers, entering the game in relief in the seventh inning.
'It was great for Dena to be able to step on the field as a competitor,' said Walker. 'She did a great job and I'm glad she got the opportunity.'
Alo finished the game with a 2-for-3 mark from the plate, while Longfellow went 2-for-4.
The first game proved to be a pitchers dual from the start between Stanford senior All-American Dana Sorensen and Beaver freshman Brianne McGowan. Both hurlers breezed through the opposing batters, allowing just one hit each over the first four innings.
A fifth inning lead-off home run by Allister proved to be the difference in the game, as the senior catcher lined a shot over the left-center field fence giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers had their best chance at pushing a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Alana Mendoza drew a one-out walk and Longfellow reached base on an error, but Sorensen forced Vanessa Iapala to fly-out at the warning track in foul territory down the left field line to end the frame.
Stanford added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, tallying three hits in the inning against Beaver reliever Ta'Tyana McElroy and making the score 2-0 when Lappin scored on a single up the middle by Elizabeth Bendig.
Longfellow tallied OSU's lone hit with a first inning bloop single.
'Overall I was a little disappointed that we didn't capitalize on more of our offensive opportunities, but Dana Sorensen is one of the premier pitchers in the country,' said Walker.
Sorensen picked up both victories on the afternoon to improve her record to 28-9 on the season.
Oregon State awaits word on selection to postseason play, with the NCAA Selection Show airing on Sunday between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on ESPNews.
No. 8 Stanford - 000 010 1 - 2 7 1
No. 20 Oregon State - 000 000 0 - 0 1 1
McGowan, McElroy (5) and Allen (OSU), Sorensen and Allister (STAN). WP - Sorensen (27-9). LP - McGowan (10-6). HR - Allister (STAN).
No. 8 Stanford - 000 023 2 - 7 8 0
No. 20 Oregon State - 200 000 0 - 2 7 2
Hoffman, DuBois (7) and Allen (OSU), Severson, Sorensen (5) and Allister (STAN). WP - Sorensen (28-9). LP - Hoffman (19-16) . HR - Allister, 2 (STAN). 2B - Alo (OSU), McGowan (OSU), Lappin (STAN).
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