Roderfeld Belts a Pair, But Softball Falls to No. 11 Arizona

March 27, 2009

Box Score

Tucson, Ariz. – Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of bombs to centerfield, but the Oregon State softball team fell 12-9 to No. 11 Arizona on Friday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.


Oregon State (16-14, 1-1 Pac-10) racked up 12 hits with half of those being extra base hits. Freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) and senior DeAnn Young (Camarillo, Calif.) both had a pair of hits. Roderfeld also added four RBI and a pair of runs.


The Beavers took the early 2-0 lead in the first on a two-out home run by Roderfeld. Roderfeld belted the ball just left of dead center field, scoring senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.), who collected a single through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch.


But Arizona (29-7, 1-0 Pac-10) took over the lead on a two-out shot of its own by right fielder Sam Banister, who nailed the ball over centerfield to score three runs in the bottom of the inning.


The Wildcats tacked three more on in the bottom of the second on shortstop K’Lee Arredondo’s three-run homer. Two batters later, catcher Stacie Chambers belted one of her own deep over center to give Arizona a 8-2 advantage after two full.


Oregon State battled back to within two in the top of the fourth behind five hits, including doubles by Young, junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) and freshman Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas). But Arizona tacked on another run on Chambers’ second home run of the game in the bottom of the inning before adding two more in the fifth.


The Beavers put together another two-out rally in the sixth beginning with Lowe being hit by pitch. Roderfeld used the opportunity to hit her second home run. After a controversial ball three was called that had fans riled up, Roderfeld jacked one to center field to cut the gap to two runs. Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was hit by pitch at her next plate appearance before Young nearly put the Beavers within one on a shot to left center that hit the fence, nearly going out of the park but scoring Ewing from first. Sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) walked to put runners at the corners with two outs, but the inning closed with both runners still on and Oregon State still trailing by a pair.


Arizona put another run on the board to give it a three-run lead going into the final inning. Sanchez drew the two-out walk putting Roderfeld on deck as the tying run, but a fly out closed out the game in favor of the Wildcats.


Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) was charged with the loss after pitching 1.1 innings, facing four batters in the second. Her record now sits at 7-10, after striking out one and giving up six hits. Freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) came in relief.


Brittany Lastrapes and Banister both had three hits each, while Arredondo had four RBI. Relief pitcher Sarah Martinez earned the win after pitching 3.2 innings, fanning five.


Oregon State heads to Tempe for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday against No. 6 Arizona State. The games against the Sun Devils are scheduled for 7:00 and 12:00 p.m.


Arizona 12, Oregon State 9 (Mar 27, 2009 at Tucson, Ariz.)


Oregon State........ 200 403 0 -  9 12  0      (16-14, 1-1 Pac-10)

Arizona............. 350 121 X - 12 15  1      (29-7, 1-0 Pac-10)


Win-Martinez, Jennifer(6-1)  Loss-Dyer, Kelly(7-10)  T-2:30  A-2320

HR OSU - Roderfeld, Audrey 2.

HR ARIZ - Arredondo, K'Lee; Chambers, Stacie 2; Banister, Sam.

Weather: Clear with Breeze; 63 Degrees


Oregon State Notes – Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her fifth and sixth home runs of the season, 14th career … Senior DeAnn Young hit her first triple of the season, third career … Junior Dani Chisholm now has nine doubles on the season, 19 career … Oregon State hit double-digits hits for the seventh time this season with 12, the third most.

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