Oregon State Drops Game One to No. 6 Washington
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State softball team fell, 2-0, to No. 6 Washington to open their Dam Cancer series, Friday night.
The Beaver defense came to play against the Huskies. In each inning, OSU tallied at least one strikeout or a double play. Junior pitcher Mariah Mazon saw two innings with three strikeouts before the field combined for a double play in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Mazon opened the game with a strikeout but a dropped third strike put the Huskies' leadoff batter on base. Before Mazon could finish the top of the first with three more strikeouts, Washington was able to notch a double for the first score.
Continuing her outstanding play, Mazon hit for the Beavers' first single in the bottom but was unable to score as the Huskies grabbed the third out.
With one single to left field, Washington put four batters up in the top of the second. Mazon added two strikeouts to her night total to close the inning.
The middle innings remained relatively uneventful.
Mazon, and the defense, tallied two 1-2-3 innings in the third and the fourth before sophomore Frankie Hammoude added the Beavers' second and final single of the night in the bottom of the fourth.
Mazon delivered in the fifth with three strikeouts.
In catching a line drive and tagging the runner, Hammoude brought an end to the top of the sixth but not before the Huskies added a second run to their lead.
Closing the final inning in the field, junior Missy Nunes caught a fly ball to right field and jetted the ball to third for the double play with freshman Grace Messmer.
Mazon totaled 11 strikeouts in addition to the Beavers' two double plays in game one of OSU's four-game series against Washington. Both of the Huskies' runs were unearned.
Oregon State will return to action for a doubleheader against Washington tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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