Oregon State Downs California in First Pac-12 Game
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team opened their conference slate with a shutout victory over visiting California, Friday night.
"I'm really happy with the approach the team had today," said head coach Laura Berg. "All three parts (offense, defense, and pitching) were great. Mariah [Mazon] and Bailey [McLaughlin] did an awesome job working together to get the no-hitter."
Despite a rain delay that lasted over an hour, junior pitcher Mariah Mazon finished with her third no-hitter of the season, second at Kelly Field. Mazon struck out seven batters, including two in the final inning, to help secure the win.
The Beavers opened the first inning with three-straight outs at first. In the bottom of the first, Mazon hit her fourth home run of the season to take the early lead.
Both the second and third innings saw another six outs in six plays from the Beaver defense.
Mazon notched three strikeouts in the fourth before freshman Charity Sevaaetasi added another homer for a two-run differential to start the fifth inning.
Four plays and three outs later, freshman Madison Simon started the bottom of the fifth with a double to left field. After a second intentional walk for sophomore Frankie Hammoude, there were two Beavers on base with just one out. Junior Missy Nunes knocked the ball out of the park at center field for three runs to more than double Oregon State's lead.
Batting in the final run, sophomore Maia Rader hit a single for an RBI to seal the 6-0 win.
Mazon closed the game with two strikeouts in the seventh, including the final out of the game.
For two of Hammoude's four plate appearances, the Golden Bears intentionally walked her.
Oregon State and California will both return to action for a doubleheader tomorrow (Mar. 20), scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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