Softball Topped by No. 21 Texas A&M
Feb. 19, 2010
College Station, Texas – The Oregon State softball team chalked up eight hits with 11 total base runners, but the Beavers (3-4) were unable to top the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies (7-1), losing 6-4 on Friday evening in the team’s second game of the Aggie Classic, in front of a crowd of 1,471 at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Sophomore Mary Claire Brenner (Portland, Ore.) went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a single, walking once, while junior Audrey Roderfeld (Vista, Calif.) earned her second multi-hit game of the day with a pair of singles, adding a RBI, going 2-for-3. And freshman Lea Cavestany (Pittsburg, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a single.
The Aggies jumped on the board early, capitalizing on a pair of hits, two walks and a hit by pitch to score three runs in the bottom of the first before Oregon State answered in the next half inning, cutting Texas A&M’s lead to two with an RBI single by Roderfeld, scoring Brenner, who reached on a leadoff single. Sophomore Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) also earned a double but was left stranded on third as the inning closed with the Aggies leading 3-1.
Texas A&M put another pair of runs on the board in the bottom half of the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. But Oregon State once again answered in the form of another Brenner home run over left center to score junior McKenna Lowe (Tustin, Calif.), who earned a single to second baseman Melissa Dumezich with one out to bring the Beavers back within two in the middle of the third, 5-3.
Tacking on another run in the bottom of the third, the Aggies widened the gap to 6-3 before both teams were held scoreless in the fourth. Cavestany earned her single on a hard hit ball back at the pitcher, Rebecca Arbino, before Brenner was basically intentionally walked on a four-pitch walk. But both were left stranded as the inning closed with the Aggies still leading 6-3 in the middle of the fifth.
Both teams went back in forth through the final two innings with Oregon State tacking on another run in the final inning on Cavestany’s double to center field, bringing Brenner to the plate as the tying run. But a pop up closed the game with the Beavers just coming up short.
Hall was charged with the complete game loss, making her overall record 3-4, while Arbino improves to 3-0, also throwing the complete game.
Oregon State is back in action on Saturday taking on Mississippi State first at 8:00 a.m. PT before Louisiana-Monroe at 10:15 a.m. PT. Follow the game live through GameTracker or on Twitter – OregonStateSB.
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