Softball Drops Extra Innings Game to Mississippi State
Feb. 21, 2010
College Station, Texas – Despite holding a 4-1 lead through most of the game, the Oregon State softball team (4-6) dropped a 6-5 eight inning game to Mississippi State (7-2) in the teams’ final game of the Aggie Classic.
Kutz earned her second multi-hit game of the weekend, going 2-for-4, while senior Tarah Black (Portland, Ore.) led the Beavers with a 2-for-3 showing. Four other Oregon State players each tallied a hit, including junior Audrey Roderfeld’s (Vista, Calif.) double, the only extra base hit for either team in the game.
The Bulldogs put a run on the board, scoring Chelsea Bramlett on a RBI single by Brittany Bell. But Kutz quickly erased Mississippi State’s lead in the top of the second with her three-run shot over left center to score sophomore Mary Claire Brenner (Portland, Ore.), who led off the inning with a single, and Black (Portland, Ore.), who also reached on a single.
Oregon State added another run in the inning by freshman Lea Cavestany (Pittsburg, Calif.), who reached on a throwing error by Bulldog shortstop Erin Nesbit, advancing to second and stealing third. Sophomore Ashley Sanchez (Alameda, Calif.) capitalized on another Nesbit error, allowing Cavestany to safely make it home to give the Beavers a 4-1 lead after one-and-a-half.
The Beavers tallied four hits in the next five innings with at least one base runner every inning and loading the bases in the top of the third but were held to their four runs as the game closed. Mississippi State threatened in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits and an Oregon State error to tie the ball game at four all.
Black was placed on second to start the eighth inning per the international tiebreaker rule, advancing to second on senior Dani Chisholm’s (Boring, Ore.) sacrifice before Kutz earned her second hit of the day on a RBI single to left field to give the Beavers the 5-4 advantage.
With the tying run already at second base in Jessie Spain, Bell walked as the go-ahead run. Both runners were sacrificed over before Ali Bainbridge tied the game with her sacrifice fly to right center with Bell on third. With two outs, Jessie Bailey hit a deep ball to right field that went in and out of Kilee Lippincott’s glove to score the game winning run.
Sophomore pitcher Paige Hall (Portland, Ore.) was charged with the complete game loss, making her record 3-6, while Misty Flesher earned the complete game win to improve to 3-1.
Oregon State heads to the Cathedral City Classic next, facing No. 12 Oklahoma and Fordham first on Friday. The Beavers will take on the Sooners at 6:00 p.m. before the Rams at 8:30 p.m. Follow these games live through GameTracker or on Twitter – OregonStateSB.
Oregon State Notes – Freshman Ally Kutz hit her first home run of the season, earning her seventh RBI of the season.
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