Softball Downs No. 12 California in Walk-Off Fashion

April 4, 2009

Box Score

Corvallis, Ore. – Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) combined for all five RBI and three of the team’s nine total hits as the Oregon State softball team downed No. 12 California in walk-off fashion on a sunny Saturday afternoon.


“We did a better job in the second half of the game swinging the bat,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “And Paige Hall did a great job of coming in and shutting down their offense.”


Oregon State (17-17, 2-4) out-hit the Golden Bears 9-8 with four of those coming in the seventh inning alone. Both junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) and freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) had two hits and two runs each.


California (25-11, 2-3) took the 1-0 lead on a Vernae Sevilla home run to left field in the top of the second before adding a pair more in the fourth and fifth innings behind a sacrifice fly and a RBI-single by Gina Leomiti to give the Golden Bears a 3-0 advantage in the middle of the fifth.


A quick three ground outs wrapped up the Golden Bears’ seventh inning at bat, giving the Beavers their final shot to gain the lead.


Chisholm led off the inning with a single that dropped in short center field, followed by Sanchez’s single through the right side. Roderfeld belted her triple through right center to score two runs before senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.) came in to pinch run. With the go-ahead run on third, Ewing ripped a line shot that was hit just right that Jamia Reid wasn’t able to field it, scoring Hatton.


Freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) was credited with the win, making it her 10th on the season (10-6) after throwing 2.0 innings, allowing only one hit on seven batters faced. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) threw the first five innings, facing a pair in the sixth, fanning three.


Sevilla and Leomiti led the Golden Bear offense with a pair of hits each on three at bats. Pitcher Valerie Arioto was charged with the complete game loss after throwing 6.1, giving up three earned runs and adding a hit and a run.


Oregon State wraps up Strike Out Cancer weekend on Sunday against No. 12 California at 12:00 p.m. Fans that wear pink will receive $2 admission and the first 100 fans will receive pink eye stickers and pom poms.


Oregon State 5, California 4 (Apr 04, 2009 at Corvallis, Ore.)


California.......... 010 111 0 -  4  8  1      (25-11, 2-3 Pac-10)

Oregon State........ 000 020 3 -  5  9  2      (17-17, 2-4 Pac-10)


Win-Hall, Paige(10-6)  Loss-Arioto, Valerie(10-3)  T-2:06  A-441

HR CAL - Sevilla, Vernae.

Weather: Clear Blue Skies; 48 Degrees

Dyer faced 2 batters in the 6th.


Oregon State Notes – Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld hit her third triple of the season … Oregon State turned its 23rd double play of the season with senior Paige Lowe helping turn her 17th … Oregon State is now 34-63 all-time against California … The Beavers are now 10-2 when out-hitting their opponent and 4-1 at home.

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