Softball Tallies Eight Runs in Saturday Split
Feb. 28, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - The Oregon State softball team held on for a 8-7 win over Indiana, led by senior Stefanie Ewing's (Scottsdale, Ariz.) first home run of the season, but came up short against Nevada, 3-0, in the team's nightcap on Saturday.
Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) and freshman Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas) both hit .333 on the day. Defensively, the Beavers turned four double plays on the day led by senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) and sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.), who helped turn three each.
Indiana and Oregon State traded scoring runs throughout the first three innings of the Beavers' first game of the day with the Hoosiers holding the lead after a three-run first inning.
Ewing belted one over left field in the fourth inning, batting in two runs, to cut the Indiana lead to only two runs. Senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.) scored another run in the inning, pinch running for Guzy, who reached on an error by first baseman Stephanie Pellerito.
The Hoosiers picked up another run in the top of the fifth on a leadoff walk by Brittany Stein, scoring on the Beavers' second error of the game. But the Beavers quickly answered back on a four-run fifth inning on two hits, including freshman Ashley Sanchez's (Alameda, Calif.) leadoff stand up double, to take the 8-6 lead.
Indiana threatened in the top of the seventh by loading the bases and scoring one run. But Oregon State's second double play of the game stopped the late rally with the Beavers holding on for the 8-7 win.
Freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) tallied her fifth win of the season, improving to 5-3, throwing five innings and fanning three, giving up no earned runs.
Indiana's Sara Olson went 2-for-3 with one run and three RBI. Olson also pitched four full innings, giving up only four hits. Alyssa Maiese was charged with the loss after throwing 0.1 innings and giving up a pair of earned runs.
Oregon State gave up three runs on 11 hits against Nevada but was unable to score despite leaving 10 on base, including a bases loaded fourth inning. Sophomore McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) was left on third with a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) was the pitcher of record in the loss, making her record 4-7, after throwing five innings and giving up two runs.
Third baseman Sarah Hunt led the Wolf Pack with a perfect 3-for-3 performance with one run. Pitcher Mallary Darby improved to 6-3 with the complete game shutout.
Oregon State closes out the CSUF DiMarini Invitational against Minnesota at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Oregon State Notes - Oregon State has 18 double plays on the season with senior Paige Lowe helping turn 14 ... Senior Stefanie Ewing hit her first home run of the season against Indiana, ninth career ... Sophomore McKenna Lowe hit her first triple of the season against Nevada, third career ... Head coach Kirk Walker is one win away from his 500th career.
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