NCAA Regional Tournament Softball Championship Game Postponed With Beavers Holding A 1-0 Lead

May 23, 2004

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The NCAA Region 6 Softball Tournament Championship game between No. 3 seeded Oregon State University and top-seeded University of Michigan has been postponed until Monday at 8 a.m. PDT due to severe thunderstorms. The winner of the game will advance to the Women's College World Series.

The No. 20 ranked Beavers (44-27) hold a 1-0 lead with two-outs and a runner on first base in the top of the first inning against the No. 6 ranked Wolverines (53-11). Junior shortstop Kelly Petersen's home run over the center field fence gave OSU the early lead. The home run was Petersen's ninth of the season and upped her tournament batting average to a team-leading .357 clip.

Oregon State spent 11 hours on Sunday at Alumni Field on the campus of University of Michigan vying for a spot in the Women's College World Series. The Beavers opened the day with a 6-5 victory against No. 7 seeded University of Illinois-Chicago and followed the win with a stunning 1-0 victory against the host Wolverines when Vanessa Iapala belted a two-out seventh inning walk-off home run. The Beavers' third contest of the day was halted in the first inning due to lightning and after a two-hour rain delay the game was postponed.

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