Softball Drops UC Davis; Completes Three-Game Season Sweep

April 23, 2009

Box Score

Davis, Calif. – Oregon State (24-22) capitalized on eight UC Davis (21-23) errors and seven walks, while producing 16 hits on the day as the Beavers took Thursday afternoon’s doubleheader in 5-4 and 7-2 decisions at La Rue Field.


The Beavers scored five runs on six hits in the first game, while scoring seven on 10 hits in the second. Freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) led all Beaver hitters with a 4-for-7 performance, adding a pair of runs and RBI. Senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) gave a 3-for-8 effort with one run and two RBI.


UC Davis tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the second on pitcher Alex Holmes’ RBI double after shortstop Kelly Harman led off with a single.


The Beavers tied the game in the top of the fourth with senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) reaching on an error by pitcher Alex Holmes before Ewing advanced her to third on her single to right field. But a throwing error by right fielder Sarah Axelson scored Lowe to tie the game at one each.


Junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) gave Oregon State a two-run edge in the top of the fifth on her double to left center, scoring freshmen Nikki Chandler (Houston, Texas) and Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) but was thrown out as she tried to stretch it into a triple.


The Aggies answered back in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by third baseman Jessica Gonzales to cut the lead to one, triggering a pitching change to bring junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) into the game in a save situation for freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.).


The Beavers loaded the bases in the top of the sixth behind three straight hits by sophomore Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.), Ewing and junior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.). Junior Alana Ford (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored one on a RBI ground out bringing up junior Katelyn Miller (Camarillo, Calif.) to pinch hit. On a full count, Miller nailed one to left field, scoring two, and advanced to second on the throw before trying for third and beating the throw to give Oregon State a five-run lead at 7-2, which would stick.


Hall improved to 14-9 on the season, picking up her second win of the day after throwing 4.1 innings in game two. Dyer earned her fifth save of the season, pitching 2.2 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.


Pinch hitter Bianca Castillo led the Aggies offense in game two with a perfect 1-for-1 performance, hitting a double and also counting a run. Pitcher Alex Holmes was charged with the loss after throwing 5.0 innings, giving up five earned runs.


In the first game, the Aggies jumped on the board first in the opening inning on a RBI single by Marissa Arajujo, but Oregon State quickly answered back.


Roderfeld led off the second inning, reaching on an error by Harman before advancing to second on another error by Harman two at bats later. Sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) singled next to load the bases before a force out at home and throwing error by catcher Rachel Miller scored Black, putting runners on the corners. Chandler walked to load the bases, leading to back-to-back walked in runs before a ground out closed the inning with the Beavers holding a 3-1 advantage.


UC Davis regained the lead in the bottom of the inning behind a three-RBI double by Julie Stauder to give the Aggies the 4-3 edge.


A pitchers’ duel ensued after the three-run inning for both squads with Hall replacing Dyer in the circle in the bottom of the second. Dyer threw 1.2 innings, facing six batters in the second.


But the Beavers regained the lead in the top of the seventh behind a Ewing two-RBI single up the middle. Sanchez led off the inning with a single up the middle before Chisholm tallied a single of her own, beating out the throw. Lowe advanced both runners into scoring position on her fly ball to left field. Roderfeld loaded the bases on an intentional walk before Ewing scored the pair, advancing to second on an error by centerfielder Belinda Paine. But two runners were left as the inning moved to the bottom half with Oregon State holding the one-run lead. The Beavers held on with three quick outs including a key strikeout by Hall.


Hall earned her 13th win of the season in game one, fanning three and allowing only one hit in 5.1 innings of work.


Stauder led the Aggies’ offense with the only extra base hit of the game, while pitcher Jessica Hancock was charged with the loss after pitching 6.1, giving up all five runs with only two earned.


Oregon State continues its stay in the Bay against No. 15 California on Friday at 3:00 p.m.


Oregon State 5, UC Davis 4 (Apr 23, 2009 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 1)


Oregon State........ 030 000 2 -  5  6  1      (23-22)

UC Davis............ 130 000 0 -  4  5  5      (21-22)


Win-Hall, Paige(13-9)  Loss-Hancock, Jessica(13-10)  T-1:42  A-0

Weather: Mostly Sunny; 65 Degrees


Oregon State 7, UC Davis 2 (Apr 23, 2009 at Davis, Calif.) (Game 2)


Oregon State........ 000 124 0 -  7 10  0      (24-22)

UC Davis............ 010 010 0 -  2  5  3      (21-23)


Win-Hall, Paige(14-9)  Save-Dyer, Kelly(5)  Loss-Holmes, Alex(8-13)  T-1:58  A-78

Weather: Hazy Clouds; 70 Degrees

Holmes faced 3 batters in the 6th.


Oregon State Notes – Oregon State turned its 27th double play of the season with senior Paige Lowe helping turn her 19th and sophomore Erin Guzy turning her 11th … Sophomore Audrey Roderfeld recorded her first intentional walk of the season, second career … Freshman Ashley Sanchez recorded her 10th and 11th multi-hit games … Senior Stefanie Ewing continues to lead the team earning her ninth multi-RBI game … Junior Dani Chisholm hit her 12th double of the season, tying the 10th best single season record … Oregon State recorded its 10th double-digit hits game of the season … Oregon State is undefeated against UC Davis, winning all four meetings.

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