Brianne McGowan Breaks OSU Single Season Wins Record As No. 11 Softball Sweeps Civil War Double-Header
April 24, 2005
EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore pitcher Brianne McGowan became Oregon State's all-time single season leader for victories as the No. 11 ranked Beavers swept Sunday's Pacific-10 Conference Civil War double-header against No. 25 ranked University of Oregon.
McGowan (29-4) picked up a 1-0 win in the opener and then threw three innings of relief to record a 2-1 victory in the second game to break Tarrah Beyster (1999) and Crystal Draper's (2002) single season wins record with her 29th victory of the year.
The Beavers earned their first Civil War series sweep of the Ducks since the 2002 campaign and maintained sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 35-8 overall record and 10-2 conference mark.
Oregon (27-18; 3-9 Pac-10) threatened to get on the board in the opening inning of the first game, getting a pair of runners on base with walks. T.J. Eadus blooped a two-out single to center field but Natalie Johnson fielded the ball and gunned down Beth Boskovich at the plate to end the inning.
Mia Longfellow's fourth inning lead-off walk helped spark the OSU offense. After Longfellow advanced to second on Kelly Petersen's sacrifice bunt, Vanessa Iapala stepped to the plate and roped a shot to right-center field for her 97th career RBI, allowing Oregon State to take a 1-0 advantage. The hit was the first of the game for the Beavers and one of just two against Duck pitcher Amy Harris.
Oregon got runners aboard in four different innings, but the OSU defense made several big plays and McGowan continued her dominance in the circle. McGowan ended the game with a strikeout - her 11th of the contest and a new career-high. The shutout was her sixth of the season.
Oregon State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second game after Iapala started the inning with a double off the left-center field fence and eventually came around to score on Sherina Galvan's RBI single through the right side. The double was Iapala's team-leading 15th of the season and marked the 42nd of her career - just two shy of the OSU all-time record held by Clare Burnum (2001-03).
The Ducks looked to answer when Breanne Sabol started the bottom of the second with a single to center field, but the Beavers used stellar defense as right fielder Ingrid Lochelt made a diving catch, pitcher Amy Klever forced a groundout and Adrienne Alo snagged a ball in center to end the frame.
Oregon tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth with an unearned run. Kristi Jorgensen started the inning with a single off McGowan, who had entered the game in relief. An errant throw while attempting to get the lead runner on a bunt attempt allowed the Ducks to have two aboard and no outs. Jorgensen eventually scored on a groundout to Beaver first baseman Alana Mendoza.
Longfellow roped her 10th double of the season with a shot to left-center in the top of the sixth, but the Beavers couldn't move her across.
OSU scored the game-winner in the top of the seventh after McGowan started the inning with a double to left-center field. Pinch runner Ta'Tyana McElroy scored the winning run when the Duck third baseman fielded freshman Cambria Miranda's short grounder and attempted to get the out at the plate, but McElroy slid beneath the tag.
McGowan sat the Ducks down in order in the bottom half of the frame to secure her 29th victory and become Oregon State's all-time single season record holder.
Klever scattered four hits over four innings of shutout work.
Oregon State improved to 6-0 on the season when tied in the sixth inning of play.
The Beavers return to action on Wednesday when they host a non-conference double-header with Portland State University. The first game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
No. 11 Oregon State - 000 100 0 - 1 2 0
No. 25 Oregon - 000 000 0 - 0 4 1
McGowan and Allen (OSU), Harris and Richards (ORE). WP - McGowan (28-4). LP - Harris (12-10).
No. 11 Oregon State - 010 000 1 - 2 4 1
No. 25 Oregon - 000 010 0 - 1 5 1
Klever, McGowan (5) and Allen (OSU), Cook and Eadus (ORE). WP - McGowan (29-4). LP - Cook (8-5). 2B - Boskovich (ORE), Iapala (OSU), Longfellow (OSU), McGowan (OSU).