No. 10 Softball Rallies For A 6-5 Victory Over No. 3 California
April 16, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior second baseman Kelly Petersen's home run sparked a five-run fifth inning for the No. 10 ranked Oregon State softball team, as the Beavers rallied for a 6-5 victory over No. 3 ranked California on Saturday afternoon.
The victory - Oregon State's 23rd in the last 24 games - helped the Beavers improve to 29-7 overall and 8-1 in Pacific-10 Conference action. The Bears dropped to 38-6 on the season and 5-3 in conference play.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, the first inning started much the same way as Friday's contest, with the opposition using a home run to jump ahead early.
California used a trio of first inning hits and a three-run home run to left field by Kaleo Eldredge to grab a 3-0 advantage.
OSU looked to answer in the bottom of the frame after Adrienne Alo and Mia Longfellow drew back-to-back walks against Cal's Kristina Thorson. Thorson settled in from there however, retiring the next three Beaver batters.
The Bears continued the hitting barrage in the top of the second against OSU starter Brianne McGowan (25-3), getting a pair of runners on base before Beaver reliever Amy Klever (2-2) entered the game with one out and forced a pair of pop-ups to get OSU out of the frame.
Alo broke-up Thorson's no-hitter in the bottom of the third when she ripped a one-out double to the left field fence. Vanessa Iapala's RBI single through the left side made the score 3-1.
Petersen led-off the fifth inning with her third home run of the season and 22nd long ball of her career. After Alo earned her second walk of the day, Cal hurler Kelly Anderson (20-2) entered the game in relief, but a trio of Bear errors as well as freshman Cambria Miranda's double to right-center field helped OSU score five runs and take a 6-3 advantage.
Cal cut the lead to 6-5 behind back-to-back home runs from Julie Meyer and Jeana Gevas in the top of the sixth, but McGowan re-entered the game and took control. The 6-2 hurler struck out back-to-back Bear batters to close out the contest in the top of the seventh.
Klever (2-2) earned the victory by scattering five hits over four innings of work. Of her 10 career victories, five have come against teams ranked in the Top 25.
'Amy threw very well,' said OSU head coach Kirk Walker. 'She got out of some tough situations.'
Alo went 1-for-1 with a double, sacrifice, and two runs scored.
'Offensively we were definitely more focused today and played the entire seven innings,' said Walker.
The Beavers and Bears face each other on Sunday at 1 p.m.
No. 3 California - 300 002 0 - 5 10 3
No. 10 Oregon State - 001 050 x - 6 4 1
McGowan, Klever (2), McGowan (6) and Allen (OSU), Thorson, Anderson (5) and Woods (CAL). WP - Klever (2-2). LP - Anderson (20-2). HR - Eldredge (CAL), Petersen (OSU), Meyer (CAL). 2B - Galindo (CAL), Alo (OSU), Woods (CAL), Miranda (OSU).
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