Softball Drops Pair of Games to Ranked Opponents

Feb. 21, 2009

Cathedral City, Calif. - The Oregon State softball team (7-7) racked up a combined 10 hits on Saturday, but dropped a pair of games to No. 20 North Carolina (12-3), 5-2, and No. 9 Tennessee (14-1), 4-0, on the third day of the Cathedral City Classic.


Senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) ripped a two-out stand-up double down the left field line to tally the first Oregon State hit against the Lady Vols. Overall on the day, Lowe batted .500, going 3-for-6, adding a home run and a single.


Freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) hit .429, going 3-for-7 on the day with one run, including a 2-for-3 performance against Tennessee.


Tennessee scored all four of its runs in the first inning off of freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) who took the loss, making her record 3-3, after facing six batters in the first inning.


The Lady Vols' Tiffany Huff led the team's offense, going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Erinn Webb scored the other home run in the game.


In Oregon State's first game of the day, the Beavers took the early 1-0 lead with the first three batters all reaching to load the bases. Freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) reached on an error by Alyssa Francona and stole second as junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) walked. Lowe loaded the bases on a bunt single before sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) scored Sanchez on a sacrifice fly.


The Tar Heels tied the game in the top of the third on a hit and error with the two teams battling through two innings locked up. Lowe broke the 1-1 tie with her third home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth on the first pitch seen with two outs.


The game looked to finish in favor of the Beavers in the final inning. Hall had two outs and a 0-2 count to work with on North Carolina pitcher Lisa Norris with two runners in scoring position. Norris earned a single, scoring a pair of runs before a couple more scored on two more hits in the inning to hold on to pick up the 5-2 win.


Hall was charged with the loss, throwing six innings. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) started the game, throwing one inning with a pair of strikeouts, facing one batter in the second inning.


North Carolina's Christine Knauer and Anna Roberts both went 3-for-4 with Roberts adding two RBI. Norris picked up the win, improving her record to 4-2.


Oregon State finishes the Cathedral City Classic against Georgia Tech at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.


North Carolina 5, Oregon State 2 (Feb 21, 2009 at Cathedral City, CA)


North Carolina...... 001 000 4 -  5 11  1      (12-3)

Oregon State........ 100 010 0 -  2  5  1      (7-6)


Win-Lisa Norris(4-2)  Loss-Hall, Paige(3-2)  T-1:59  A-481

HR OSU - Lowe, Paige (3).

Weather: Hazy, 71 Degrees


Tennessee 4, Oregon State 0 (Feb 21, 2009 at Cathedral City, CA)


Tennessee........... 400 000 0 -  4  8  0      (14-1)

Oregon State........ 000 000 0 -  0  5  1      (7-7)


Win-Danielle Pieroni(1-0)  Loss-Hall, Paige(3-3)  T-1:44  A-281

HR TN - Tiffany Huff (3); Erinn Webb (1).

Weather: Cloudy, but 73 Degrees

C. Hosfield faced 1 batter in the 3rd.


Oregon State Notes - Senior Paige Lowe hit her third home run of the season, seventh career ... Oregon State turned one double play today against North Carolina, making it the 11th of the season.


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