24 Hours Later, No. 3 Seeded Softball Upsets No. 2 Seed Tennessee, 4-0, In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 22, 2004
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After a 24-hour rain delay, No. 3 seeded Oregon State University earned a 4-0 upset victory against No. 2 seeded University of Tennessee in Saturday's action at the NCAA Regional Tournament hosted by the University of Michigan.
Oregon State (42-26) battled the wind, rain, severe thunderstorms, and tornado warnings to knock off the No. 11 ranked Lady Vols (54-15) and advance in the winners bracket to face the winner of the Notre Dame (49-18) and Michigan (51-10) contest at approximately 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday.
On Friday, the Beavers looked to get on the scoreboard early when sophomore Adrienne Alo was plunked by Tennessee ace Monica Abbott (44-9) to start the game. Alo picked up her 13th stolen base of the year just moments later and advanced to third on a sacrifice from Mia Longfellow. Abbott, the NCAA record holder for strikeouts as a freshman, ended the OSU threat with a pair of K's and Alo was left stranded.
In the bottom half of the first UT got the leadoff runner aboard when Sarah Fekete reached on an error, but Beaver third baseman Sherina Galvan made a diving catch on a sacrifice bunt attempt and doubled the Lady Vols off at first. Senior hurler Monica Hoffman (21-16) forced Kristi Durant to groundout on the next pitch to send OSU back to the plate.
Oregon State continued to get runners on base in the second inning, using hits by Brianne McGowan and Ingrid Lochelt and a two-out walk by Alana Mendoza to load the bases, but Abbott once again recorded a strikeout to get out of the frame.
Hoffman retired the Lady Vols in order in the bottom of the second, including a strikeout to end the frame.
Back-to-Back singles to open the top of the third by Longfellow and Vanessa Iapala continued OSU's momentum and Longfellow eventually crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to right field by McGowan. Iapala made the score 2-0 when she scored after a wild pitch from Abbott.Hoffman continued her dominance of the UT batters setting them down in order again during the third and fourth.
The Beavers got runners on base in both the top of the fourth and fifth against UT reliever Stacy Jennings but were unable to push any more runs across the plate.
Angela Brewer broke-up Hoffman's no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off single up the middle, but the Beavers turned their second double play of the game as Iapala snatched a foul pop-up and tagged first base.
When the game finally resumed action on Saturday, Hoffman picked up where she left off 24 hours earlier, striking out the first Tennessee batter that she faced in the bottom of the sixth.
The Beaver offense helped put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh after Alo reached base on a lead-off error and Longfellow followed with a bloop single to center field. Kelly Petersen eventually blooped a two-out 2-RBI single to shallow center, making the final margin 4-0.
Tennessee looked to make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh after getting a pair of runners on board with two infield singles, but Hoffman recorded her fifth strikeout of the game to secure the victory.
Hoffman upped her single season strikeout record to 264 and earned her second straight shutout in Regional Tournament action. The shutout was also the 26th of her career - tying her for fourth place in the Oregon State career record book.
Longfellow led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 effort from the plate to go along with two runs scored, and extended her school record for stolen bases to 16 after picking a swipe in the seventh.
No. 20 Oregon State - 002 000 2 - 4 7 1
No. 11 Tennessee - 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Abbott, Jennings (4), Abbott (6) and Mattox (TENN). WP - Hoffman (21-16). LP - Abbott (44-9).