No. 16 Softball Blows By No. 19 Fresno State, 15-7, And Downs San Diego State, 9-5

Feb. 17, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 16 ranked Oregon State softball team used its offensive firepower to come away with a pair of victories in Thursday's opening day of action at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State University. The Beavers throttled No. 19 ranked Fresno State University by a 15-7 score, before handing host San Diego State a decisive 9-5 loss.

'These were two great team wins,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'It was exciting to see us come out with the fire to play today.'

OSU (6-3) picked up just its second win against FSU in the last 10 meetings, by matching the school record for runs scored in a single game with 15.

The Beavers pounded 14 hits in the contest, with junior first baseman Vanessa Iapala going 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Iapala finished with a double and a two-run home run. Her four hits ties the Oregon State single game record for hits - a feat she accomplished against Utah on Feb. 13, 2004. Five other Beaver players have tallied four hits in a single game.

The Beavers took an early 5-0 lead in the second inning, helped in part by a two-run home run from junior catcher Lisa Allen.

OSU pushed the lead to 10-0 in the top of the fourth when the Beavers added five more runs on five hits.

Adrienne Alo finished with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate and three runs scored, while Mia Longfellow went 2-for-5 with a double.

Beaver hurler Brianne McGowan (4-1) had seven strike outs in the complete game victory.

Highlights from the SDSU game are unavailable at this time.

Iapala finished the day with a 5-for-9 effort from the plate, while Longfellow and Alo each went 5-for-10.

'Overall we came out and we swung the bat extremely well,' said Walker. 'Brianne pitched a great ball game and then all three pitchers combined in the second game to give us the W.'

Oregon State continues tournament action on Friday with a 10 a.m. game against No. 7 ranked Georgia, followed by a 12 p.m. contest against No. 20 Long Beach State.

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