Top-Seeded Michigan Rallies To Beat No. 3 Seeded Softball, 3-2, In NCAA Regional Tournament
May 22, 2004
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A two-out 3-run home run by Tiffany Haas in the top of the fifth inning helped top-seeded University of Michigan rally for a 3-2 victory against No. 3 seeded Oregon State University late Saturday night in the NCAA Regional Tournament hosted by the Wolverines.
The Beavers (42-27) will now face the winner of a game between No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 7 seed University of Illinois-Chicago on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. PDT. The winner of the contest will have to beat No. 6 ranked Michigan (53-10) twice to advance to the Women's College World Series.
Oregon State jumped on the scoreboard first when Adrienne Alo blasted her seventh home run of the season with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the third inning.
With OSU holding the momentum and a 2-0 lead, senior hurler Monica Hoffman breezed through the Wolverine batters, allowing just one hit over the first four innings.
Back-to-back singles by Brianne McGowan and Sherina Galvan against reliever Jennie Ritter in the bottom of the fourth helped the Beavers get runners in scoring position for the third inning during the game, but Ritter fanned three straight to shut down the threat.
Michigan broke the game open with three hits in the top of the fifth, capped off by Haas' two-out blast as she sent a change-up off the top of the fence in left field, bouncing over the wall for what proved to be the game-winner.
The runs were the first given up by Hoffman (21-16) in tournament action.
OSU had a chance to get a run back when Lisa Allen led-off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to left field, but the Beavers were unable to capitalize and left their sixth runner stranded during the contest.
The Wolverines continued their dominance in the series against the Beavers, improving to 5-0 all-time against Oregon State - including a pair of wins this season.
Oregon State held a 6-5 advantage in hits throughout the game, with Alo going 2-for-4 from the plate and Kelly Petersen finishing 1-for-2.
Hoffman finished with three strikeouts to raise her school record total to 267.
Oregon State must win three straight games on Sunday to earn its first ever appearance in the Women's College World Series.
No. 6 Michigan - 000 030 0 - 3 5 0
No. 20 Oregon State - 002 000 0 - 2 6 1
Hoffman and Allen (OSU), Motycka, Ritter (3) and Schock (UM). WP - Hoffman (21-17). LP - Ritter (24-6). HR - Alo (OSU), Haas (UM).