Softball Loses Extra Innings Heartbreaker to No. 4 Washington

April 18, 2009

Box Score

Corvallis, Ore. – It was a pitcher’s duel on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex, but the Oregon State softball team lost its first extra innings game to No. 4 Washington, 1-0, in nine innings.


“It was a great pitcher’s duel,” head coach Kirk Walker said. “It was another hard fought Pac-10 game, but unfortunately we didn’t get a key hit when we needed it.”


Junior pitcher Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) threw three innings of scoreless work, retiring nine straight before giving up a leadoff single to Ashley Charters. Dyer worked through nine more batters before giving up her second hit, facing only 31 batters in nine innings. She was charged with the loss after striking out four, making her record now 10-13.


Oregon State (22-21, 3-8) put runners in scoring position three times in the game with the first time coming from senior Paige Lowe’s (Tustin, Calif.) leadoff double in the first inning. Lowe advanced to third on junior Dani Chisholm’s (Boring, Ore.) sacrifice bunt but was left stranded as the inning closed.


Lowe reached second again in the third inning on a one-out single before being advanced to second by Chisholm again, but was unable to score as the inning closed on a groundout.


The Beavers had control going into the eighth inning with sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) drawing the leadoff walk. Freshman Nicole Luchanski (Edmonton, Alberta), who entered the game to pinch run for Guzy, moved to second on senior DeAnn Young’s (Camarillo, Calif.) sacrifice bunt turned bunt single. But a double play ended the inning with Luchanski stranded at second.


But Washington (33-7, 6-4) took advantage of the ninth inning beginning with a leadoff single by Charters, before Charters advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She stole third before scoring on Jenn Salling’s tough hit ground ball that Young dove for at first base, nearly making the throw to home in time.


Charters led the Huskies’ offense with a 2-for-4 performance and scoring the winning run. Pitcher Danielle Lawrie earned the complete game win, improving her record to 24-4.


Oregon State finishes the weekend against No. 4 Washington on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. at the OSU Softball Complex.


Washington 1, Oregon State 0 (Apr 18, 2009 at Corvallis, Ore.)


Washington.......... 000 000 001  -  1  4  0      (33-7, 6-4 Pac-10)

Oregon State........ 000 000 000  -  0  3  0      (22-21, 3-8 Pac-10)


Win-Lawrie, Danielle(24-4)  Loss-Dyer, Kelly(10-13)  T-2:10  A-388

Weather: More sunshine! 57 Degrees


Oregon State Notes – Oregon State turned its 25th double play of the season with senior Paige Lowe helping turn her 18th … Saturday’s game marked the first extra innings game for the Beavers this season.

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