Beavers Drop Day One in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oregon State softball team fell, 7-0, to No. 9 Arizona to open its first conference road series, Friday night.
"We hit well tonight," said head coach Laura Berg. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the big hit and left too many runners on base."
The Beavers started hitting the ball right away as sophomore Maia Rader opened with a single up the right side of the field. Sophomore Frankie Hammoude followed with another one-bagger, advancing Rader to third.
In the bottom of the first, the leadoff batter for the Wildcats also opened with a single before junior pitcher Mariah Mazon struck out the second batter for the first Beaver out of the game. The Beavers followed with two outs at first to close the inning.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Mazon added a second strikeout.
Rader connected for her second hit in as many plate appearances with a double down the left field line in the top of the third. She was unable to cross the plate to tie the score before the Wildcats grabbed three outs.
The bottom of the third saw a three-run home run from Arizona to take a 4-0 lead before Mazon notched her third strikeout of the game to close the inning.
Hammoude opened the fourth with a single to get a Beaver on base for the fourth time in as many innings. Freshman Charity Sevaaetasi followed suit with a single up the middle but the Wildcats tallied their third out before either were able to score.
Mazon added two strikeouts in the bottom of the fourth as the Beaver defense notched three outs in three batters.
Freshman Grace Messmer added a single to start off the fifth inning but was left on base with the Wildcats getting the out on the next three batters.
Arizona added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a seven-run lead.
Oregon State was in a good position to score in the sixth after three straight connections. Hammoude hit her third single of the night before redshirt-freshman Bailey McLaughlin hit for her first single against the Wildcats. With just one out down, Sevaaetasi grounded into a double play as Arizona halted any chance of scoring for Oregon State in the sixth.
Mazon, and the Beaver defense, grab three-straight outs once again to advance to the final inning of the night.
Freshman Madison Simon opened the last inning with a single to the right side but Messmer followed with a hit straight to the pitcher for another Arizona double-play as the Wildcats grabbed the 7-0 win.
Mazon tallied at least one strikeout in each inning for a total of eight throughout the game.
Hammoude went 3-for-3 to lead Oregon State in the batter's box. Altogether, the Beavers outhit the Wildcats, 10-6.
The Beavers will continue their four-game series against the Wildcats with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Mar. 27).
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