Softball Unable to Hold on in Friday Loss to No. 4 Washington

May 1, 2009

Box Score

Seattle, Wash. – The Oregon State softball team got 13 runners on base, capitalizing on three Washington errors and seven hits, but the Beavers were unable to hold on, falling to the No. 4 Huskies, 5-2,  on Friday afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium.


Senior Paige Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) led the Beavers at the plate with a 3-for-4 outing with a couple of singles and triple. Three other Oregon State players had a single hit each.


Lowe got the bats going after connecting on a full count for a two-out triple, just Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie’s second of the season, in the opening inning but was left as the inning closed.


Oregon State (24-26, 3-13) had at least one runner in scoring position in the following two innings with senior Stefanie Ewing (Scottsdale, Ariz.) leading off the second with a walk and advancing on senior DeAnn Young’s (Camarillo, Calif.) sacrifice bunt, reaching on a throwing error by catcher Alicia Blake. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch but were stranded.


In the third, freshman Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) led off with a single before being thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice, leaving junior Dani Chisholm (Boring, Ore.) on first. Lowe collected her second hit of the game on a single to left field to move Chishom to second, but the inning ended with Chisholm caught stealing third.


But that was all about to change in the fourth. The Beavers got their seventh base runner on with Ewing leading off with another walk. Senior Cristy Hatton (Tigard, Ore.) entered the game to pinch run, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Young. Sophomore Erin Guzy (Beaverton, Ore.) singled to put runners on the corners before junior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.), who came in to pinch hit, tallied a RBI on a single to left field to score Hatton and putting runners back on the corners. Pinch runner junior Alana Ford (Chula Vista, Calif.) scored on the next at bat on a dropped catch by Blake at home to give Oregon State the 2-0 advantage.


Washington (37-9, 10-6) quickly answered back behind Kimi Pohlman’s leadoff home run before Morgan Stuart tied the game on her RBI single up the middle with only one out, drawing a pitching change for Oregon State. Junior Kelly Dyer (Eugene, Ore.) was relieved by freshman Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) after throwing 3.1 innings, facing five in the fourth inning. A sacrifice foul ball to right field gave the Huskies the one run edge at the end of the fifth.


The Huskies put another pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to widen the gap to three runs going into the final inning and would stand as the Beavers collected a pair of hits but were unable to score.


Dyer was charged with the loss, making her record now 10-16. Redshirt freshman Karmen Holladay (Corvallis, Ore.) also made an appearance in the circle for the Beavers, throwing the final 0.2 innings of the game.


Stuart led the Husky offense with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and RBI. Pitcher Danielle Lawrie earned the complete game win, improving to 28-5.


Oregon State heads to Los Angeles to close out the weekend against No. 2 UCLA on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 and 12:00 p.m.


Washington 5, Oregon State 2 (May 01, 2009 at Seattle, Wash.)


Oregon State........ 000 200 0 -  2  7  0      (24-26, 3-13 Pac-10)

Washington.......... 000 320 X -  5  5  3      (37-9, 10-6 Pac-10)


Win-Lawrie, Danielle(28-5)  Loss-Dyer, Kelly(10-16)  T-2:19  A-496

HR WASH - Pohlman, Kimi.

Weather: Sunny & Gorgeous; 69 Degrees


Oregon State Notes – Senior Paige Lowe hit her first triple of the season, second career.

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