Softball Rebounds with Win over Wisconsin
Feb. 6, 2009
Cathedral City, Calif. – It was a game of firsts of the season as the Oregon State softball team rebounded with a 4-3 win over the Wisconsin Badgers Friday evening.
The first win, the first win, the first double play was turned, the first double was hit and the first home run was belted out of the park. But it was also a game of firsts for three of the three Beaver freshmen.
Freshman Mary Claire Brenner (Portland, Ore.) recorded her first collegiate hit, her first collegiate double and her first collegiate RBI in the second inning, hitting the first pitch seen just fair down the left field line to score senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and advance senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) to third with two outs in the second inning.
Oregon State picked up another run in the third inning as junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) led off, reaching on a walk before a throwing error by Wisconsin’s catcher Nichole Whaley advanced her to second. A ground out moved her to third before a passed ball scored Chisholm to give the Beavers a 2-0 edge early.
After a strong defensive plays in the top of the inning, ending with a P. Lowe putout, she put another run on the board in the fourth with a full count and on the seventh pitch seen, crushing the ball over the left field fence.
The Beavers added their fourth run in the fifth after sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) started things off with a one-out walk. Guzy moved a couple of bases on wild pitches by Leah Vanevenhoven before scoring on a Ewing ground out RBI to widen the gap to 4-0 after five.
Wisconsin got its bats going in the sixth inning, scoring three runs on four hits with no outs. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) replaced freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) in the circle in the sixth after Hall faced four batters. Dyer threw nine straight strikes and fanned back-to-back batters to close out the inning with the Beavers still holding a 4-3 lead.
Hall made her first collegiate start and collected her first collegiate win. Dyer retired the side in the seventh inning to tally her first save of the season.
Wisconsin was led by four players with a pair of hits each. Jennifer Krueger and Theresa Boruta both added a run to their couple of hits. Leah Vanevenhoven was the pitcher of record, chalking up her first loss of the season.
Oregon State improves to 1-1, while Wisconsin is now 0-2.
Oregon State faces No. 22 Georgia and James Madison on Saturday. The Beavers will take on the Bulldogs at 3:00 p.m. before the Dukes at 5:30 p.m.
Oregon State Notes – Senior Paige Lowe hit her first home run of the season, fifth career … Junior Kelly Dyer earned her first save of the season; third career … Oregon State is now 6-1 all-time against Wisconsin and has won the last three.
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